Spinach and Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jul. 18, 2023
This quick shrimp fra diavolo is spicy, garlicky, saucy and loaded with delicious shrimp. Plus, with the addition of spinach, you’re also getting a serving of veggies. When you need a perfect low-fat weeknight meal that is easy to pull together, this is it. You can substitute arugula or kale for the spinach if you'd like. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
Spinach and Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups finely chopped fresh spinach
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add shrimp and spinach; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink and spinach is wilted, 3-5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Tips

What does fra diavolo mean?

"Fra diavolo" translates to "brother devil" and is used to describe Italian sauces that are spicy and typically tomato-based with chile or red pepper flakes. Fra diavolo sauce is commonly seen with seafood such as lobster, clams, or shrimp.

What is the difference between fra diavolo and arrabiata?

Fra diavolo and arrabiata sauce are very similar. Fra diavolo sauce usually contains onions, crushed tomatoes, crushed red pepper, garlic and fresh herbs like parsley and basil, while arrabiata sauce uses garlic, tomatoes and dried red chile peppers. Many people say the main difference is the level of heat. Arrabiata sauce tends to really be spicy, while fra diavolo is milder.

How should I serve fra diavolo?

This fra diavolo sauce will work perfectly with your favorite type of cooked pasta, served with a glass of Pinot Grigio or Prosecco. You could also serve it atop crusty toasted slices of Italian bread. If you’re really feeling fancy, it’s the perfect topper to a steamed lobster tail. For a feast, make it alongside some of our other favorite Italian recipes.

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 235 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 fat.