Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Serves 4 – 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds U-15 shrimp (or 16-20)
  • Shells from the shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small onion (ounce) small dice
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup fish stock, chicken stock or water (in order of preference)
  • 2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small onion (ounce), cut ininch slices
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, chopped finely
  • 2 cups shrimp stock
  • 2 cups marinara or Napolitano style red sauce
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 large diagonal slices of crusty baquette or Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, leaves only, not chopped
  • Ingredients


  1. Directions 
  2. Peel and devein the shrimp. Refrigerate until time to cook. Save the shells for stock.
  5. Place the olive oil in an 8 to 10- cup sauce pot. Add the shrimp shells, garlic and onion; cook over high heat for about 5 minutes until the onions start to lightly brown. Add the thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns; stir in and cook 1 more minute. Next add the wine and stock. After it boils, turn it down to a quick simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Strain and reserve. You should have 2 cups of stock.
  8. Heat the olive oil in an 8 to 10-cup sauce pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. add the onions, crushed red pepper, oregano and fennel seeds. Cook another 5 to 6 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the shrimp stock and red sauce; simmer over medium heat for about 1/2 hour until thick. Reserve the sauce until 5 minutes before serving - best to keep the sauce warm or hot if possible.
  11. The shrimp cooks very quickly so have the other dishes you are serving with this ready to go. Brush the bread with garlic oil or olive oil and toast on the grill or broil until crisp.
  13. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan (12-14 inch). Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Place them in the hot oil. Sear for 1 minute and turn over. Cook another minute (cooking time is less with smaller shrimp). Add 1/2 cup of white wine to deglaze. Next add the Fra Diavolo Sauce; bring to a boil and remove the shrimp quickly. Adjust the sauce by stirring and reducing if too thin, adding a little water if too thick. Use a medium size pasta bowl or soup plate. Arrange the bread at the top of the plate (like rabbit ears) - next place the shrimp in a semi circle under the bread. Spoon the sauce over the bread over and garnish with the parsley leaves. Serve immediately.
  14. I had time to test this recipe today - so yummy. Some ingredients like garlic, onions and wine are introduced more than once, creating subtle layers of those flavors. It takes too many steps to add the red sauce to the recipe but I will if you want; I thought we could refer to your standard recipe. I am serving this with crostini - but it could be served over pasta or with rice. I would serve this with an interesting salad - maybe one with olives and artichoke hearts - but it could also be served with a green vegetable.
  16. Thanks to our wonderful friend and chef Jasper White for this sizzling recipe.

This recipe was featured on Season 24 - Episode 2411.

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Joseph Napoli

Beautiful Shrimp recipes. The shrimp stock makes terrific boiled
shrimp .
I use it for my shrimp cocktail and get complimented on the flavor of the shrimp every time.

Love your website. It’s the best.


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