Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp
First of all, fried avocado? Really?! Now what about this, think this, think, “Fried Stuffed Avocado with Shrimp,” really?! Yes really!! This appetizer is just OMG!! Yes it’s truly just out of this world!
If you are an avocado lover like I am, then this will be a magical dish for you. And stuffed with shrimp, oh my gosh no way!! Avocados are already creamy and yummy and divine all on their own, now add a stuffing, cheese and fry it up, OH MY GOSH WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?!
Crispy on the outside and all sorts of yummy goodness in the inside. I know, this whole idea of a fried avocado is just probably blowing your mind in wonderment how is this even possible but trust me my friends, it is truly possible and more importantly mind blowing delicious!
After you slice the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh of the avocado then the the magic begins…..
Yes, there are endless avocado dishes that I have heard about and quite a few I have personally made. Like avocado soup, avocado fries, avocado dressing recipes, avocado cream, guacamole , avocado margarita and even stuffed avocado! But fried avocado stuffed with shrimp?! Here is a whole new food venture to go on if you have never tried this delectable appetizer.
This dish has become a popular appetizer and main course in Texas. It keeps on showing up on different Mexican menus served by itself as an mexican appetizer or as a main dish on top of yellow rice accompanied with refried beans. So you choose, make this as an appetizer or as your main course. But choose because you must try this unique dish.
Here’s to this incredibly unique but most importantly delicious Mexican appetizer, fried avocado stuffed with shrimp! 🍻
Recipe follows after photos but I wanted to include a few photos of some of the steps to give you a visual idea of some of the steps.
Some of the steps:
Cover avocado with cheese and flour. The one on the right has the cheese (hasn’t been covered with flour yet for demonstration purposes) and the one on the left has the cheese and flour.
(Note: Also notice that one is smaller than the other. That’s because the one on the right is just one half of avocado to form one ball while the other on the left is a whole avocado. You start with half and filled it with the shrimp mixture and covered it with the other half of avocado to form a bigger ball. Good option if you would like to serve it for dinner instead of an appetizer.)
Then cover with panko crumbs.
(Note: Use panko crumbs and not store-bought bread crumbs or homemade bread crumbs because otherwise your fried avocado balls will come out too brown and almost burnt looking. The panko crumbs gives them a beautiful golden color.)
The one on the left is a whole avocado and the one on the right is half of an avocado.
(Note: You may want to do this recipe exactly as it calls for which is half an avocado instead of a whole one because it may be too rich for you to start out with.)
Serve with refried beans, tortilla chips and tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro mixture.
Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Main Dish, Starter|
|Misc||Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
- 2 Haas avocados (pick medium firm avocado, not hard and not soft to the touch)
- 1 package monterey or mozzerella cheese (shredded)
- 8 Ounce box panko bread crumbs (will not need all, use as needed)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 12 jumbo shrimp (peeled, deveined, chopped)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 garlic clove (finely chopped (can use garlic powder to taste)
- 1 cup flour
- vegetable/canola oil (enough for frying)
- 20.5 Ounces refried beans
- homemade tortilla chips (or store bought (optional)
- cilantro (chopped (optional)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 small red onion (chopped)
- 1-2 roma tomatoes (chopped)
|Peel shrimp and devein. Discard shells. Chop each shrimp into two to three pieces. In a saucepan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter and garlic. Cook for a minute and add shrimp. Add salt and pepper to taste. Saute for a 2 minutes until shrimp turn slightly firm and pink. Remove from heat and set aside.|
|Chop onion, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño and mix together. Set aside in a small bowl.|
|Cut avocados in half and remove pit with a knife. Hold a half of one avocado in hand, scoop with a spoon some avocado flesh out of the center (allows for more filling but completely optional). Do the same with all of the halves if you like. Now holding avocado in one hand again, with a large spoon scoop all the avocado out. Do the same for all additional halves. Set aside. (Note: If you will not be preparing these right a way, sprinkle avocados with some lemon juice to avoid discoloration.)|
|Holding avocado half in your hand, scoop some of the shrimp mixture in center of avocado. Now start to add cheese all over avocado half including on top of shrimp mixture, pressing cheese onto avocado gently but firmly enough that cheese stays on. In your hand start to gently squeeze avocado into a ball shape. Now , roll avocado ball over flour. Dunk ball in egg and finally panko crumbs to cover.|
|In a deep sauepan or fryer, heat enough oil to be able to submerge avocado balls until a sprinkle of the panko crumbs sizzle. Oil is ready. With a spoon gently drop avocado ball to oil. Cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Heat refried beans in microwave for 2 minutes or in a saucepan.|
|Serve each avocado ball with some refried beans and tomato, onion mixture, tortilla chips....and slip into heaven!|