This Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp recipe is just out of this world. Surprise your family with this creative, delicious, creamy, cheesy appetizer. Absolute YUM!
Aguacate Frito y Relleno con Camarones
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 stuffed avocado is just probably blowing your mind a little bit. Like how is this even possible but trust me, it’s 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 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 food.
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 a 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 and some photos:
- 2 Haas avocados pick medium firm avocado, not hard and not soft to the touch
- vegetable/canola oil enough for frying
- 12 jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined, chopped
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 garlic clove finely chopped (can use garlic powder to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package monterey or mozzerella cheese shredded
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 8 Ounce box panko bread crumbs will not need all, use as needed
- 1/2 small red onion chopped
- 1-2 roma tomatoes chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
- 1-2 Tablespoons lime freshly squeezed
- 1 jalapeno half jalapeno chopped finely
- salt and pepper to taste
- 20.5 Ounces refried beans
- homemade tortilla chips or store bought (optional
Peel shrimp and devein. Discard shells.
Chop each shrimp into 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 red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño. Put all in a bowl and mix together. Sprinkle lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Cut avocados in half and remove pits with a knife. Slap knife gently against pit and twist to remove.
Now you will have 4 avocado halves.
- Hold a halve of avocado in hand, scoop with a spoon some of the avocado flesh out of the center.
Do the same with all of the halves (this step allows for more shrimp filling).
With a large spoon scoop all the avocado flesh out away from skin. Refer to pictures.
Do the same with other halves. Set aside.
(Note: If you will not be preparing these right a way, sprinkle avocados a little lemon juice to avoid discoloration.)
- Set up three separate bowls of flour, egg and panko crumbs.
Holding avocado half in your hand, scoop some of the shrimp mixture into the center of avocado.
Add cheese all over avocado half including on top of shrimp mixture, pressing cheese onto avocado gently but firmly enough that cheese stays on.
Gently start to squeeze avocado into a ball shape engulfing shrimp mixture.
Roll avocado ball over flour. Dunk ball in egg and finally in panko crumbs to cover.
Repeat full process with other halves.
In a deep saucepan or fryer, heat enough oil to be able to submerge avocado balls. When a sprinkle of panko crumbs sizzles oil is ready.
- With a spoon gently drop one avocado ball at a time to oil. Cook until golden brown. Watch not to burn balls.
Drain on paper towels.
- Heat refried beans in microwave for 2 minutes or in a saucepan.
Serve each avocado ball with some refried beans, pico de gallo and tortilla chips....and slip into heaven!
This recipe will yield four balls using two avocados (avocado is cut into four halves) but you can also make to big avocado balls using one full avocado for each ball.
Some of the steps:
Cut avocados in half, remove pit and scoop avocado flesh with large spoon.
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.
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What do you think about this fried avocado stuffed with shrimp?