Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

Good things happen when the hubby cooks dinner, like Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo.  My hubby cooked this for us this past weekend and it was amazing!  The hubby and I have a rule that each week we try a new cuisine or try cooking something new.  I couldn’t believe that we’d never tried making fra diavolo before, but I guess we hadn’t (or at least not in a long time).  Fra diavolo means “brother devil” in Italian so you can imagine that this sauce is spicey.  It’s a simple sauce – in its basic form it consists of tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes.  You can add onions, parsley, lemon juice, wine, etc. as well.  The scampi part of the dish was my favorite part!  The hubby fried some panko bread crumbs in olive oil and mixed them with fresh parsley that he sprinkled over the entire dish.  This was a great dish to end the long week!
Do you like to eat/cook new cuisines/dishes?  If so, what’s your favorite cuisine/dish?


  • 3 tbsp butter, divide
  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumb
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 lb. linguine


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add panko and stir until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes.  Transfer to small bowl and mix in 2 tablespoons parsley.  Wipe out skillet.
  2. Heat a large stock pot with salted water and bring to a boil.  Cook linguine according to directions.
  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper.  Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter with olive oil in same skillet over high heat.  Add onion and sauté until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.  Stir in garlic, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper and sauté 1 minute.  Add shrimp and sauté until barely opaque in center, about 1 minute per side.  Add white wine and lemon juice and simmer until liquid is slightly thickened and reduced, 2 to 3 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in remaining 6 tablespoons parsley.
  4. Drain linguine, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.  Mix linguine with shrimp.  If pasta is dry, add pasta water 1/2 cup at a time.  Sprinkle panko crumbs on top.  Serve immediately.

*Adapted from Epicurious


Filed under Main Course, Pasta

10 responses to “Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

  1. janetfctc

    This looks absolutely delicious, Kara. Please come to my house and make it for me. 😀

  2. This looks great. I love my pasta dishes a bit spicy. We were on an Asian kick for a while. I was so impressed some of the dishes we whipped up. It is always fun to try new things.

  3. Lydia

    Kara – This not only looks delicious – but, I’ll bet it is great, I’ll have to try it. Keep up the great job you and your hubby are doing. I love you lots – Lydia

  4. I love shrimp! This looks like a great recipe, thanks for sharing.

  5. Mom

    This looks like a great recipe to make when we’re on vacation.

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Hi Kara! You are lucky your husband cook this delicious meal! My husband can grill but not so much in the kitchen. 🙂 I was avoiding carbs (at least try to) but I’m going to Italian restaurant with mommy friend. I might go crazy after seeing this delicious pasta… 😉

  7. We are currently on a local/seasonal kick, which isn’t a terrific answer, but what can we say? This pasta dish sounds yummy!

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