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Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp served on a white platter.
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Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp

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!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 593kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 Haas avocados pick medium firm avocado, not hard and not soft to the touch
  • vegetable/canola oil enough for frying

Shrimp Mix

  • 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

Cheese and Breading

  • 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

Pico de Gallo

  • 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

Serving Avocados

  • 20.5 Ounces refried beans
  • homemade tortilla chips or store bought (optional


Preparing and Cooking Shrimp

  • 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.

Pico de Gallo

  • 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.

Cutting and Preparing Avocados

  • 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.)

Filling Avocados and Breading

  • 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.

Frying Avocado Balls

  • 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.

Serving Fried Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp

  • 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.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1480mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 18.7mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 5.4mg