Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

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Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy sexy 30 minute meal that is guaranteed to get sparks flying! ~

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in 30 minutes with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples.  This is the best shrimp scampi recipe I’ve tried, and also the easiest.

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in no time with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples. ~

Shrimp scampi fra diavolo is one of those recipes, like Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil, or Pasta Carbonara, that can be on the table at a moments notice, with minimal effort.  That’s what makes it so enticing.

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy sexy 30 minute meal that is guaranteed to get sparks flying! ~

This dish is pretty forgiving…you can use shrimp of any size, tail on or tail off, fresh or frozen.  I like to use uncooked shrimp because I think it gives the best flavor in the sauce.  But whatever you chose, I recommend keeping a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer at all times.  You’ll find yourself reaching for them for lots of quick meals, like CHIMICHURRI SHRIMP, or my GRILLED SHRIMP WITH POMEGRANATE SALSA.  Both are low carb, healthy, and full of fresh flavors.

TIP: Keep in mind that almost ALL shrimp is frozen prior to reaching your grocery store, so you don’t lose anything by buying the bags from the freezer aisle as opposed to the ‘fresh’ shrimp at the fish counter.   In some cases it can be fresher!

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy version of a quick and easy pasta dish ~ perfect for weeknights, datenights, and everything in between! ~

Fra diavolo means ‘brother devil’ in Italian, and it’s a classic spicy sauce that’s specifically used with seafood, as opposed to an arrabiata ‘angry’ sauce, which is a more generic hot tomato sauce.  The devil part of the sauce is hot red pepper, and you can use chili flakes from a jar, or crush your own dried red peppers.  Use as much or as little as you like.

30 Minute Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~

TIP: When sauteing the raw shrimp, cook them just long enough so that they turn opaque and start to curl, don’t wait until they’re tight as a fist.  They will finish cooking in the wine sauce. 

Concerned about safety and sustainability?  The short answer is that you want to stay away from farmed and imported fish.  Serious Eats says:  “On the whole, freshwater shrimp tend to be more sustainably farmed or caught than ocean shrimp. To purchase accordingly, you can look for certain labels: independent regulatory groups will slap labels on shrimp they approve of, so look around for names like the Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, and Naturland. ”

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo
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Yield: serves 4


  • 3/4 lb bucatini, spaghetti, or linguine
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb frozen peeled, de-veined, tail on shrimp, defrosted (use cooked or uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • more chopped parsley
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, but cook just until tender and al dente, usually a few minutes short of what the instructions tell you. Reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid, then drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, and saute the garlic for several minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't brown. If you are using raw shrimp, add them now, and saute for a few minutes until they have turned opaque and start to curl. Be sure to turn them at least once so they cook evenly.
  3. Add the wine to the pan, along with the lemon juice and chili flakes and let it boil until slightly reduced. If you are using cooked shrimp, add it now, along with the parsley.
  4. Stir in the butter, a bit at a time. Return the pasta to the pan, and toss well. Add some of the reserved pasta water if you need more sauce.
  5. Serve hot with extra parsley, and Parmesan cheese, if desired.


  • Use any pasta you like for this dish, I used bucatini, which is a thick spaghetti, and you can find it on Amazon if you don’t see it at your grocery store.  Linguini is traditional for shrimp scampi pasta recipes.
  • Serve this shrimp scampi fra diavolo over zucchini noodles for a low carb option.  I also use them in my ZOODLE PAD THAI RECIPE.  Another low carb option is to serve it alone, without the pasta.
  • If you’re not worried about carbs, you might want to serve this with some crusty bread to soak up that wonderful sauce.


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    Mrs. Krzy
    September 7, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    FABulous! Simply A-Mazing! Followed recipe exactly, used “fresh” shrimp. Thank you Sue!

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    September 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    This looks great, and easy enough for me to actually do it! Thank you for the recipe! What is your favorite way to defrost shrimp? I googled “how to defrost shrimp”, but there are a surprising number of options and I don’t know which method to choose. Thanks!

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      September 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      The way I do it is to put the frozen shrimp into a mesh strainer and run it under the faucet. If the shrimp are small, they will soften pretty quickly. If they’re large, I sometimes put the strainer over a large bowl so they are completely submersed.

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    January 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    This is my eldest daughters favorite meal – your rendition is fabulous!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    January 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    What a fabulous dish! I love the combination of shrimp and pasta and quick and easy is always great :)

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I love shrimp scampi – that wine sauce is everything!!

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    Chris Scheuer
    January 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I love shrimp scampi but haven’t ever had this version. It looks gorgeous and sounds wonderful!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    January 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

    This is one of my husband’s favorite meals. Why do I never make this for him? Yours looks so full of flavor. Valentine’s day treat? Yes! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    January 23, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I’m SO making this this weekend it looks incredible!

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    Sia | Monsoon Spice
    January 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I can ditch chocolates for fiery meal on valentine’s day :) The flavour combination in this recipe is fantastic. I also like the idea of using zucchini noodles as suggested by you.

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    Megan Marlowe
    January 23, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This looks amazing! I just purchased some shrimp, because it was on sale, and now I know exactly what I’m using it for! Cannot wait to try this! YUM!

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    January 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

    This looks delicious! A meal I’d definitely want on Valentine’s Day!

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    Veena Azmanov
    January 23, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I LOVE shrimp scampi… love the combination of spices you used in this dish… So delish…

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    January 23, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I still have a bag of frozen shrimps that need to be used up…this is a perfect recipe, Sue.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 23, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Easy and delicious works for me! I don’t use enough shrimp – so I need to change it up. Love all the spice in this dish – and since we love shrimp scampi – I’m sure we would love this too. Thanks! Sharing :)

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