Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Penne

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Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo features a spicy tomato sauce that’s packed with Italian flavor and just the right amount of heat. This healthy meal is paleo and gluten free AND a one-pot, no-thaw meal! 

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From No-Thaw Paleo Cooking in Your Instant Pot cookbook

This Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a gluten-free one-pot meal that cooks the sauce, pasta, and shrimp in less than 20 minutes. It’s so easy, you can enjoy this flavor-packed meal on a busy weeknight!

📙 This Shrimp Fra Diavolo Instant Pot recipe is included in the No-Thaw Paleo Cooking in Your Instant Pot cookbook, written by my friend Dr. Karen Lee.

Cover image from No-Thaw Paleo Cooking by Dr. Karen S. Lee, featuring an Instant Pot and three different meals plated or arranged on a cutting board.

About No-Thaw Paleo Cooking

No-Thaw Paleo Cooking in Your Instant Pot is written by one of the friends I’ve made through blogging, Dr. Karen Lee. I know how much work goes into writing cookbooks, and I’m so happy to share her beautiful book with you!

Even if you don’t eat paleo, the recipes in this cookbook are delicious and healthy. You can easily substitute ingredients that you are more familiar with if desired (such as a traditional pasta in this recipe).

Collage of six different recipes included in No Thaw paleo Cooking Cookbook by Dr Karen Lee, including seafood, paella, soup, and noodles

The book offers 75 paleo Instant Pot recipes that cook from frozen, so you don’t have to remember to thaw anything ahead of time. 

Cooking from frozen can be a real time saver when you need a quick meal to get on the table. This book makes cooking from frozen quick, easy, and healthy.

No more making last-minute changes to your meal plan because you forgot to pull the meat out of your freezer to defrost!

Click here to check out the table of contents and see more of the gorgeous meals in the book.

overhead view of Shrimp Diavolo in Instant Pot cooked and read to serve.

What Is Shrimp Fra Diavolo?

Fra Diavolo, or Diablo, is Italian for “brother devil.” But don’t be alarmed! This tomato-based pasta sauce is only as spicy as you make it. Traditionally, it packs heat from fresh and dried chile peppers. 

This Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo recipe calls for just 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes. (And you’re welcome to use more or less, depending on your preferences.)

Instead of lots of chile peppers, this pasta sauce gets its signature red color and deep umami flavor from canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste. 

Diced tomatoes, penne pasta, chopped basil, shrimp, and onions in bowls placed in front of an Instant Pot preparing to make Shrimp Diavolo.

Is Shrimp Diavolo Healthy?

Paleo recipes are grain-free and high in protein. This pasta recipe is packed with protein, thanks to the shrimp. It also calls for brown rice pasta instead of white wheat. 

Brown rice pasta contains more fiber than white pasta, and it’s naturally gluten-free. It also doesn’t taste much different from the noodles you might be more familiar with. So give it a try, you might love this healthier take on a pasta dinner. 

We’ve also included instructions to serve Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo sauce over spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles, for a low-carb version of this already healthy dish. 

Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavlo over Penne Pasta in a white bowl with wooden serving spoons and a blue and white checkered cloth.

How to Make Shrimp Fra Diavolo over Penne in an Instant Pot

This Shrimp Fra Diavolo over Penne recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

Like all of the recipes in Karen’s new cookbook, there’s no need to thaw the shrimp before making this Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo. The shrimp, sauce, and pasta all cook together in the pressure cooking pot, making clean up easier than ever!

This recipe starts by building a flavorful Italian red sauce with onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, and frozen shrimp. Then add the gluten-free penne pasta and water.

🛑 Do NOT stir the pasta after adding it, just gently press to ensure that all of the pasta is fully submerged in water. 

Seal the pressure cooker and set it to cook on low pressure for 5 minutes. (This is one of the very few recipes we cook on low pressure.)

After releasing the pressure, test one of the noodles, and if it still has some bite to it, turn the pressure cooker to Sauté to cook the sauce a bit longer, until your pasta is perfectly al dente.

Onion sauteing in an Instant Pot with basil, diced tomatoes, and shrimp.

What Kind of Shrimp Is Best for Instant Pot Fra Diavolo over Penne?

There are so many different kinds of frozen shrimp you can buy!

This recipe calls for large, raw shrimp that are peeled and deveined. The larger size helps keep the shrimp from getting overcooked in the pressure cooker. 

That’s also why it’s important to cook Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo under low pressure. Shrimp cook quickly and can turn rubbery fast, so use low pressure to give you more control over the texture of your shrimp. 

Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavlo over Penne Pasta in a white bowl with wooden serving spoons and a blue and white checkered cloth.
From No-Thaw Paleo Cooking in Your Instant Pot cookbook.

More Favorite Italian Dinners for the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

You can never go wrong with Italian! Here are some of our other favorites:

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Instant Pot Shrimp Diavolo over Penne

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This 20-minute Instant Pot Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Penne is a flavor-packed one-pan meal with just the right amount of spice.


  • 1 pound frozen peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup white chardonnay or pinot grigio
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown rice penne (see Notes for other serving options)


  1. Rinse the frozen shrimp under cold running water. 
  2. Select Sauté to preheat the pressure cooking pot. 
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pressure cooking pot. When hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute or until the onion is soft. Add the shrimp and sauté for 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, Italian seasoning, salt, crushed red pepper, basil and parsley (reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish). Stir. Add the water and penne but do not stir. Make sure the pasta is submerged in liquid.
  4. Press Cancel. Lock the lid in place. Select Low Pressure and 5 minutes cook time.
  5. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  6. Stir the pasta and shrimp. Test the pasta for doneness. If the pasta needs a little more time, leave the lid off and press Sauté to simmer the liquid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.
  7. Ladle the pasta and shrimp into 4 bowls, garnish with the remaining parsley and serve immediately.


To use spaghetti squash in the recipe, cook the spaghetti squash first. Place a whole spaghetti squash on a trivet in the inner pot, pour 1 cup of water in the inner pot, and cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. Use a quick release. Take out the spaghetti squash and cut around the shorter the diameter. Scoop out the seeds and loosen the strands with a fork and set aside to top it with sauce.

If using zucchini noodles (zoodles), spiralize the zucchini and quickly stir it into the inner pot with sauce just before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 699mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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