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Avocados with Seafood

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Avocado has a sweet grassy flavor and the texture of butter. Match avocado with mild and subtly flavored partners. Avocado will add richness to a dish. Match avocado with bacon, scallions, tomatoes, basil, red onions, chiles. The recipe here matches avocado with shellfish–lobster and crab.

Avocados with Seafood

Yield 4 servings

Adapted from Henri-Paul Pellaprat “Modern French Culinary Art” published 1966.


  • 2 avocados
  • Lemon juice
  • ½ cup diced cooked lobster
  • ½ cup diced or whole cooked shrimp
  • ⅓ cup diced raw mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or salad oil salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons catsup
  • 2 teaspoons grated horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons unsweetened whipped cream
  • 20 peeled, deveined, and cooked whole shrimp
  • Black olives


  1. Cut avocados in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Scoop out the meat, leaving ¼ inch clinging to the shells. (Reserve the scooped out portion.)
  2. Brush insides of shells with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
  3. Dice the reserved avocado meat and combine with the lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Sauce Directions:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, sherry, catsup, horseradish, mustard, and cream.
  2. Blend with the lobster and shrimp mixture. Spoon into the avocado halves.
  3. Garnish each with 5 whole shrimp each topped with a bit of diced black olive.

Courses Side Dish


Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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