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Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo!
Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is one of those recipes, like Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil, or Pasta Carbonara, that can be on the table at a moments notice, with minimal effort. That’s what makes it so enticing.
This dish is pretty forgiving… you can use shrimp of any size, tail on or tail off, fresh or frozen. I like to use uncooked shrimp because I think it gives the best flavor in the sauce. But whatever you chose, I recommend keeping a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer at all times. You’ll find yourself reaching for them for lots of quick meals.
TIP: Keep in mind that almost ALL shrimp is frozen prior to reaching your grocery store, so you don’t lose anything by buying the bags from the freezer aisle as opposed to the ‘fresh’ shrimp at the fish counter. In some cases it can be fresher!
Fra diavolo means ‘brother devil’ in Italian, and it’s a classic spicy sauce that’s specifically used with seafood, as opposed to an arrabiata ‘angry’ sauce, which is a more generic hot tomato sauce. The devil part of the sauce is hot red pepper, and you can use chili flakes from a jar, or crush your own dried red peppers. Use as much or as little as you like.
“I love Italian food; it’s soulful like French food. Italian food is original and homey; it’s market-driven, but also can be locally sourced.”
~ Daniel Boulud