I love avocados and seafood. When you pair them up it is heaven in your mouth. And then you add some heat and you have my absolutely favorite appetizer.
Over 10 years ago my friend and I took a Japanese cooking class. We learned to make California rolls, sushi rolls, and other delicious dishes. Soon after the class I had a dinner party to show off my new skills. That was the first and last Japanese themed dinner party I hosted. The sushi rice is a pain to perfect. The rolls are time-consuming. And sushi grade fish is pricey. So when I get a craving for sushi I grab one of my girlfriends (my picky husband is not a fan) and we head out to our favorite sushi restaurant.
The one dish I learned to make during the class and continue to make is a spicy shrimp filling. It’s quick, easy, and delicious. And it’s always a big hit for parties.
Halve your avocados and scoop out some of the flesh to create a well for the seafood filling.
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
Stuff each avocado with about 1.5 ounces of filling each.
Broil the avocado for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
If you need to feed a large crowd I suggest turning the seafood filling into a delicious dip. You can brown it under the broiler too or serve it cold. Either way it’s delicious!
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 2 tsp Nanami Togarashi
- 4 ounces cooked small shrimp (canned or salad shrimp, chopped into small pieces)
- 6-7 ounces cooked lump crab meat
- 4 large or 6-8 small avocados, halved
- Roasted sesame seeds, optional
- Crackers, optional if having it as a dip
- Slice your avocado(s) in half and remove pit. Use a small spoon to scoop out a small well for the spicy shrimp & crab mixture; set aside.
- Place mayonnaise, sriracha, sesame seed oil, and Nanami Togarashi in bowl and mix well
- Gently fold in the small shrimp and lump crab meat so that there are large chunks of crab in the mix.
- Add 1.5 ounces of seafood mixture to each avocado half.
- Broil until brown on top.
- Optionally, and my favorite way to eat it, is to skip the avocados and eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon or crackers.
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