Baked Shrimp Stuffed Avocados


Avocados are stuffed with a creamy shrimp filling and sprinkled with cheese before being baked for a warm, melted cheese finish. These baked shrimp stuffed avocados are ready in less than 30 minutes.

I’m sharing another delicious and easy recipe today in partnership with the California Avocado Commission. I am so happy avocados are in season now. We’ve been eating about one a day in our house.

I do feel very fortunate to live in California, where avocados are abundant. We had some friends visiting us from Pittsburgh this week and they were telling us how hard it is to get avocados where they live. They ate their fill of avocados while they were here and I even sent them home with a bag.

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This recipe couldn’t be easier. But it tastes much more complex than it actually is. With a few seasonings and herbs, the shrimp filling tastes like a flavor-packed seafood stuffing. The avocado goes very well with the stuffing and contributes to its creaminess.

After whipping up the filling and stuffing the avocados, I sprinkled them with cheese and baked them for a few minutes so that everything would be warm and the cheese was melted.

But for fun, I left a few unbaked and without cheese and you know what? They tasted really great that way as well. Like a shrimp stuffed avocado salad. So really, you can serve these baked or chilled.

These would make a perfect appetizer or side dish next time you’re entertaining.

Baked Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe avocados, sliced in half length-wise and pits removed
  • 1/2 lb cooked shrimp, roughly chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup mashed avocado (you can scoop some flesh from the center of your avocado halves)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, mayonnaise, avocado, garlic powder and lemon juice. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Add black pepper to season to taste.
  3. Scoop shrimp stuffing into your avocado halves. Add shredded cheese on top.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the shrimp filling is warm. Garinish with paprika and parsley before serving.

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This post is created in partnership with the California Avocado Commission. All opinions expressed are my own.