Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta

Spicy Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)Bold spicy Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta, an easy one-pot meal you can make on the stovetop, or in the Instant Pot!

Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)
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Who doesn’t love a super easy pasta recipe? I know I do!

Today I’m sharing a simplified version of a fancy recipe, Lobster Fra Diavolo we posted several years ago.

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Most people think of a seafood fra diavolo recipe as a dish you cook only on special occasions.

Made with comforting pasta, spicy tomato sauce kissed with cream, and the addition fresh lobster, crab, or shrimp, I can see why.

It just tastes and feels luxurious.

Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Yet, these are all the same reasons why we should enjoy Fra Diavolo more often!

This uncomplicated variation, Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta, is a one-pot (or even Instant Pot) meal you can make in a hurry.

That way, you still get all the richness and tantalizing flavor of classic Seafood Fra Diavolo without having to deal with live lobsters.

Easy Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

What Does Fra Diavolo Mean?

Fra Diavolo literally translates brother devil in Italian.

Fra Diavolo sauce, most commonly made with tomato, herbs, and chiles for spicy heat, is thought by some to be named after one of Napoleon’s commanders with the same nickname. However, it is quite possibly named after an old Italian restaurant in New York City where it might have originated. Some think the meaning of fra diavolo is simply derived from its heat.

No one knows exactly where Seafood Fra Diavolo was birthed, but most chefs and historians agree, it is an Italian-American dish, not an authentic Italian recipe.

No matter where it came from, or why it was named “brother devil,” this seafood pasta has become a popular dish that happens to be easy to make at home.

Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

How to Make Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta

You can certainly make your seafood, pasta, and sauce separately… If you like doing things the hard way, and wash extra dishes. Yet our Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta recipe is made in one single cooking vessel, for easy cooking and clean up.

Start by sautéing onion, fennel, garlic, and crushed red pepper in a large sauté pan.

Making Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Add in tomatoes, cognac, and some water and bring the sauce to a simmer.

How To: Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Add the pasta directly to the sauce.

Cover the pasta and let it cook in the sauce to absorb the water. This gives both the pasta and sauce a vibrant concentrated flavor.

How To Make Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Must-Make Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Finally stir in the shrimp, a little cream, and fresh herbs.

Let the shrimp simmer for just a couple minutes, until they turn pink.

Making Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta (with Instant Pot instructions!)

If making this Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta in the Instant Pot, you can actually pressure cook the sauce and pasta together in just 4 minutes!

Then stir the shrimp in at the end.

Perfect Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

Either way, this quickie Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta is a dinner that will thrill your friends and family, and should be made on a regular basis.

Someone might even offer to wash the dishes for you!

Best Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)

More One-Pot Pastas

Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

One-Pot Spinach Ricotta Pasta

One-Pot Sunday Gravy

Skillet Spaghetti Carbonara

Chicken Gnocchi Skillet

Perfect Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe (with Instant Pot instructions!)
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Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta Recipe: A bold and spicy one-pot meal combining seafood fra diavolo and pasta cooked right in the sauce for easy clean up! (Plus, Instant Pot Instructions!)
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta
Amount Per Serving (0.16 recipe)
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 2.3g 12%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 1104mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 79.4g 26%
Dietary Fiber 12.1g 48%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g 58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cognac, or brandy
  • 1 pound dried trottole pasta, or corkscrews
  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deviened
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the stems off the fennel bulb. Cut the bulb in half and remove the core. Then cut each half in thirds, and slice them thin. Prep the remaining vegetables and herbs.
  2. Place the oil in a large saute pan (with a lid) and set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, fennel, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes to soften. Add the canned tomatoes, water, cognac, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir and bring to a simmer.

  3. Once the sauce reaches a low boil, stir in the pasta and cover the pot. Boil for 4-5 minutes, lifting the lid to stir once. The pasta should be nearly cooked, but still a little firm in the middle.
  4. Stir in the raw shrimp, cream, and parsley. Simmer another 2-3 minutes to cook the shrimp. Once the shrimp are pink, taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:  Place the oil onion, fennel, garlic, and crushed red pepper in the Instant Pot. Set on Sauté. Cook for 3-5 minutes to soften. Add the canned tomatoes, water, cognac, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pasta. Stir well to cover the pasta. Then lock the lid into place and set on Pressure Cook High for 4 minutes. Once it is finished cooking, turn the Instant Pot off, then perform a Quick Release. Once the valve button drops, open the Instant Pot. Add the shrimp, cream, and parsley. Stir well and set on Sauté again for 2-3 minutes to cook the shrimp. Once it's pink, turn off the heat.

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3 comments on “Skillet Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pasta

  1. Lynn C Owenposted April 4, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply

    I’ve never used fennel bulb. What does it taste like? I’d like to make this recipe but not add syre of the fennel. Thanks.

    • Sommerposted April 5, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply

      Hi Lynn,

      Fennel has a mild sweet licorice flavor. I know that sounds odd, but it offers the same kind of sweet pop that fresh basil does, when added to a recipe.

  2. Bernard Berposted April 4, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply

    This looks very tasty. The cognac cream sauce with the shrimp and the heat element in the pasta is great stuff. Thanks.