This shrimp diablo recipe comes together in just 25 minutes and yields amazing results.
Shrimp Diablo — Fierce and Delicious
This recipe features three different types of chilies: sweet pepper, jalapeño, and bird’s eye chili. Each comes with its own flavor and different level of heat, which really adds to the complexity of this dish. They’re then roasted which imbues them with an awesome smoky flavor, then added to the chunky tomato sauce that’s loaded with more spices.
It’s an exquisite sauce we are proud to cook our shrimp with.
We serve this dish with cooked rice and avocado slices that pair perfectly with the spiciness. The creamy fruit doesn’t keep the spiciness at bay but mellows it to an agreeable degree. Consider it the glass of water handed out to marathon runners along their way.
If you like spicy shrimp, don’t forget to also check out our Blackened Shrimp Recipe, which draws a smoky heat from the delectable Cajun seasoning.
Cooked with the shrimp are plenty of chilies and tomatoes, providing lots of vitamins A and C, and many minerals. Capsaicin in chilies has also been shown to promote weight loss by reducing appetite and facilitating fat burning.
Avocado brings yet another set of nutritional goodness to the meal. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and comes with a plethora of nutrients such as vitamins C, E, K, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, copper, and many more.
With nutrition in mind, our shrimp diablo is thoughtfully served in a moderate portion size. This means easier regulation of calories, saturated fats, sodium, and other components, the key to healthy eating.
Ingredients for Our Shrimp Diablo Recipe
You’ll need shrimp, chilies, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, seasonings, cilantro, cooked rice, and avocado.
We’re using bell pepper, jalapeño, and bird’s eye chili, the latter two of which are seriously spicy. If you wish for more heat and flavor, include your favorite type of chili into the mix.
Charred and blended with these chilies are some onions and tomatoes — the umami, tart, and sweet base of our sauce. Thanks to charring, this base has got a complexity of flavor, so all we need to add to it is some salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.
We top these intense flavors with fresh cilantro, an herb that takes spicy dishes to the next level. Its strong, earthy aroma stimulates appetite even more, adds a fresh, raw note, and makes the meal seem all the more enjoyable.
When plating, it’s crucial that you use ripe avocados that are not too ripe and not too mushy. You can tell how firm they are by giving them a gentle squeeze — the ones you need should give a little but shouldn’t be too soft.
The shrimp is served with cooked rice. Cooking rice can be complicated if you’re not used to the process, and you could always opt for a more convenient option like microwavable rice. We are lucky enough to have rice cookers which makes the cooking process a cinch.
How We Made Our Shrimp Diablo
We began the process by roasting the chilies, onion, and tomato in the air fryer until they got a bit charred (this could also be done in a pan if an air fryer is not available). They were then blended with garlic and some chicken broth to make the sauce base.
Next, we melted some butter in a skillet, cooked some more garlic in it, along with the shrimp. The sauce base and seasonings were added, and everything simmered until the sauce thickened a bit.
Finally, we sprinkled heaps of cilantro on top and served the skillet with rice and avocado slices.
Here’s the entire process in a nutshell:
Roast the chilies, onion, and tomato.
Blend them with garlic and chicken broth.
Stir the garlic in butter until very fragrant.
Add shrimp to cook.
Add the sauce and seasonings. Simmer until the sauce reduces.
Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and enjoy with cooked rice and avocado.
For more details, have a look at our ‘Shrimp Diablo Recipe’ at the bottom of this article.
Storing and Reheating
The rice, the saucy shrimp, and the avocado can be stored in the fridge for about 4 days, in separate air-tight containers. Ziploc bags are also ideal for storing foods.
For storage up to months, we suggest freezing the shrimp and rice, and using fresh avocados when you decide to serve.
To reheat, place the shrimp into a pot with some water and warm it over medium heat until heated through, refrigerated or frozen. For the rice, place it in a bowl with a splash of water, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on medium power for 2 minutes.
What to Serve With Shrimp Diablo
Crisp, fresh salsa and a sweet drink to mellow it out are our suggestions. They have the exact freshness that the main dish needs, giving the meal the balance it deserves.
Pico de Gallo
Watermelon Cucumber Juice
More Shrimp Recipes to Try Out
Bring some heat to your meal with the dishes in our Spicy Shrimp Recipes collection. As far as intense flavors go, here are a few dishes that we absolutely adore:
Our shrimp diablo recipe is the perfect way to prepare a fast, scrumptious, saucy shrimp skillet that you can enjoy with cooked rice. Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for the rest of the week.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
Shrimp Diablo Recipe
Spice up your dinner routine with this deliciously fiery shrimp diablo recipe. Quick and easy to prepare, perfect for seafood lovers.