Slow Cooker Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Chefs and food writers debate over the origin of fra diavolo, which is usually made with lobster and roughly translates to monk devil or brother devil. Italian or Italian-American, this dish is usually served with lobster, but we make this slow cooker version with shrimp and serve over hot pasta.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 3 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. minced Italian parsley
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ lb. medium shrimp, shelled


  • Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the onion mixture, tomatoes, parsley, and black pepper to a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Stir. Cook on low for 2–3 hours.
  • Add the shrimp. Stir and cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until the shrimp is fully cooked.