Shrimp Fra DiavoloPosted: April 5, 2013
Shrimp and I have had a rocky relationship over the years. When I was very young, I ate the little creatures without a problem, but then my pickiness kicked in as a kid and I refused to eat them. It wasn’t until college that I discovered my love for shrimp. I even remember the moment – I was studying abroad in Oxford, England and the college I was studying at prepared shrimp in a butter garlic sauce for dinner. It was delicious.
To make up for lost time with these crustaceans, I made Shrimp Fra Diavolo last Saturday. Fra Diavolo, which means “Brother Devil” in Italian, is typically a spicy tomato-based sauce. I used this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis, which had very good reviews.
For such a flavorful dish, it’s actually pretty easy to make and the preparation wasn’t too laborious. Plus, if you have some of the ingredients on hand like crushed red pepper flakes and garlic, it’ll make your trip to the grocery store a breeze.
Except for leaving out the fresh basil leaves, I followed the recipe exactly as written. I just cut the ingredients in half since I only needed two servings. I was very pleased with the results! The shrimp had the perfect amount of spice. It never reached that “mouth is on fire” kind of discomfort that certain dishes can leave you feeling. The sauce was also the perfect consistency. Make sure to really simmer the sauce – it should be just under boiling point, and gently bubbling. This will soften the diced tomatoes and thicken the sauce.
Try serving the shrimp with whole wheat pasta and a side salad. The pasta will soak up the dish and round out the meal.
Have you make this dish before? How did it turn out?