Linguine with Spot Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Linguine with Spot Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Photo by Grace Parisi

Fra Diavolo means “brother devil” in Italian and, as the name suggests, is a spicy, fiery-red sauce redolent of garlic and lots of crushed red pepper. Typically served with seafood, spot shrimp, with their natural sweetness is a perfect match. The flavors are so rich and complex, there’s no need for cheese. (Please don’t!)

Linguine with Spot Shrimp Fra Diavolo | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
Serves: 2


  • ½ pound linguine
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ pound spot shrimp, peeled and deveined (roe reserved)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup bottled clam juice
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley


Boil Water

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the linguine until nearly al dente. Drain the pasta.

Cook Shrimp

In a large deep skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, shrimp, and as much or little of the crushed red pepper as you like. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the shrimp just begin to turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.

Make Sauce

Add the wine to the skillet and cook until nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the clam juice and cook until the liquid is reduced to ½ cup, about 3 minutes. Stir in the sauce and bring to a boil. Add the butter and stir to melt.

Toss and Serve

Add the linguine to the skillet and cook, stirring and gently tossing, until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp, parsley, and reserved roe (if any) and cook just until heated through. Drizzle with olive oil and serve right away.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

Pair it Up

Always cook with white wine that you want to drink. Sauvignon blanc or any good quality dry white wine would be great here. For a red, seek out a Sicillian Frappato, a light, spicy, and juicy red that can be served with the slightest chill.

Level it Up

Level it Up

Fry panko in olive oil as a topping to replace parmesan.

Spice it Up

Spice it Up

Add chopped Calabrian chiles in oil in place of the red pepper flakes.

Serve it Up

Serve it Up

A mixed green salad and crusty Italian bread complete this meal.


*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Linguine with Spot Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe | Sitka Salmon Shares

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