Avocado Shrimp Boats
Avocado Shrimp Boats are a spicy, tasty and fun lunch or light dinner. Photo courtesy J.M. Smucker Company.




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April 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Fish, Seafood & Caviar

Recipes: Grilling Hall Of Fame

15 Award-Winning Recipes To Try On Your Grill


Barbecuing has never been hotter! According to The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Crisco SpraysAssociation, 58% of grill owners use their grills year round. To celebrate grilling’s popularity, Crisco No-Stick Cooking Sprays held a contest, with winners inducted into the Cooking Sprays Grilling Hall of Fame. Here, we present the 15 winning recipes, selected from thousands of submissions. All easy are easy, yet still innovative and delicious. This is Page 1 of a 15-page article. Click on the black links below to visit other pages. Let’s get grilling!

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Avocado Shrimp Boats

Make these for lunch or for the main course of a light dinner. Serves 4.


  • 12 large uncooked shell-on shrimp (approximately 1/2 pound)
  • Kosher or coarse sea salt
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Plain no-stick cooking spray
  • 2 Haas avocados, halved lengthwise, pits removed
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Juice of half a lime, plus 2 limes halved vertically
  • 1 small ear corn, grilled
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced hot chiles, such as habañero or serrano
  • 4-6 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 teaspoons fresh oregano, snipped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprigs of fresh mint or cilantro, for presentation (optional)


  1. Snip through curved side of shrimp shell with kitchen scissors; remove vein if present. Spray generously with olive oil cooking spray; toss with 2 teaspoons salt. Set aside 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spray grill grate with plain no-stick cooking spray and heat to medium-high.
  3. Cut a thin slice from rounded side of unpeeled avocado halves, so that they sit flat on counter. Brush cut edges and cavity with lime juice. Sprinkle with ancho powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Spray generously with olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Place avocado halves cut side down on grate directly over coals; grill 2-3 minutes, until lightly grid-marked. Remove and reserve. Grill shrimp 2 minutes per side, until opaque throughout and shells are bright orange or red.
  5. Spray cut sides of limes with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with a pinch of salt; grill cut side down 2 minutes.
  6. Scrape kernels from corn.  Combine 1/4 cup kernels with green onions, chiles, tomatoes, oregano, 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mound into cavities of avocados.
  7. Shell shrimp, leaving tail intact. Perch shrimp on top of avocados. Lightly spray finished dish with olive oil spray and serve with grilled lime halves. Garnish with herb sprigs.
  8. Variation: Leave shrimp unshelled, the presentation with brightly colored shells is striking. Guests can slip them off easily. Provide plenty of napkins.


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