Grilled Avocado Shrimp Boat

Grilled Avocado Shrimp Boat

I love avocados. I could eat them with just about anything, and probably have over the years…

whole30 compliant recipe markBesides the rich, savory flavor, what’s really great about avocados is they’re a nutrient dense fruit with lots of unsaturated fats, so they’re really good for you.

Our stuffed avocado recipe is perfect if you’re already planning on firing up the grill to cook your favorite steak or seafood, and want a little something different on the side.

To prevent sticking and excessive carmelization, just remember to lightly brush your avocado halves with olive oil and keep an eye on them. They only need a few minutes with the fleshy side down on a grill at medium-high heat to get some nice grill marks.

The spicy, cut-up grilled shrimp is the perfect filling for the warm, creamy avocados. Spoon in the salsa, and you’ve really got a party on your plate.

Give this one a try! It’s something a little out of the ordinary for the grill master in your family to have some fun with.


P.S. A special thanks to Karen at Runner Girl Eats for featuring this recipe on her blog, and to Nicole at Fueling Happy for trying the recipe and posting her own pics!

P.P.S. Another big shout out to Paleo Magazine for featuring this recipe in their print edition of Readers’ Favorites Cookbook: Favorite Paleo, Primal and Grain-Free Recipes published in October, 2013.

Spicy Grilled Stuffed Avocado Recipe

Spicy Grilled Stuffed Avocado Recipe


  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs hot sauce - any kind
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbs cilantro - chopped, leaves only
  • 2 avocados
  • 20 plus medium raw peeled shrimp. I always do extras because everyone loves them!
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped small
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 small red chili pepper- diced small -I like jalepeno
  • salt and pepper
  • Metal skewers or wooden skewers soaked in water for grilling shrimp.


  1. Slice avocados in half lengthwise. Remove pits
  2. Squeeze 1 lime onto the avocado halves, and then brush with about 1 tbs of olive oil
  3. In a small bowl, prepare the salsa by squeezing the remaining lime and adding in 1 tbs of olive oil
  4. Next add in the hot sauce, onion, tomato, cilantro, and some salt and pepper to taste
  5. Take a break and pre-heat your grill to medium-high heat
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the first 8 dry ingredients together. This will be the seasoning for your shrimp (paprika, cayenne, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, basil and pepper)
  7. Next, skewer your shrimp
  8. Now sprinkle the seasoning you just mixed over the shrimp and finish off with a drizzle of olive oil
  9. Place avocado halves (flesh side down) on the grill along with your shrimp
  10. Grill avocado for just a few minutes until you get nice grill marks
  11. Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes each side, or until pink
  12. Remove shrimp from skewers and lightly chop shrimp (about 4-5 shrimp per avocado)
  13. Combine with salsa mixture
  14. Place a spoonful or two of the salsa mixture in each avocado
  15. Enjoy the extra shrimp on the side with your avocado - so yummy
  16. Serve as side dish or appetizer. Either way, its gonna be awesome!
  17. Serves 4. Basically 1/2 avocado per person. Feel free to double the recipe for entertaining!


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