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Grilled Avocado Recipe

Grilled Avocado is a delicious side dish, or you can even make it a meal if you top it with meat, beans, and other vegetables. The crispy skin and soft flavorful flesh make these grilled avocados a nice snack or healthy lunch too. You can use it to make smoky guacamole to serve with tortilla chips for the big game or chop it up and toss it in a salad or this shrimp ceviche.

You may have only noticed guacamole in the past decade or so, but it has been around since the 16th century. The Aztecs of Southern Mexico made this creamy dish and called it ahucatl dip because their word for avocado is ahucatl. The original recipe was just mashed avocado, chilis, and tomatoes. We have added some things over the years like lime and onions, but it is still made with the three ingredients from the Aztecs.

Ingredients needed:

  • Whole ripe avocados: They do not have to be ripe if that is all you can find. Grilling will soften them.
  • Fresh lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice has the best flavor.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: You want a light oil for this.
  • Kosher salt: You could use whatever you like such as sea salt.

How to make grilled avocado from scratch?

  1. Clean the grill: First, clean the grates of your grill and turn to medium heat or medium-high heat (400 to 425 degrees F) heat.
  2. Slice the avocados: Then, slice the avocados in half lengthwise on a cutting board, remove the avocado pit, and coat each avocado half with fresh lime juice.
  3. Add some oil and salt: Next, brush a little olive oil onto the surface of each avocado and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  4. Grill avocados: Now, oil the grates and place the avocado halves on the grill, cut side down over indirect heat on the preheated grill to cook.
  5. Let grill marks form: Continue to grill avocado halves with the lid open for four to five minutes until they become slightly tender when squeezed with tongs. The grilled avocado halves should have crispy skin and the avocado flesh will have grill marks.
  6. Remove from the grill: Finally, serve with lime wedges, sour cream, and pico de gallo. Eat with tacos, tortilla chips, and salsa for a whole meal.

Recipe variations:

  • Avocado oil: For more avocado flavor, use avocado oil instead of olive oil.
  • Smoky flavor: Make some smoky guacamole to add smoky flavor to your avocados.  
  • More zest: If you want extra flavor, sprinkle some lime zest on the flesh side of your avocados.
  • Spicy avocados: Add some kick with a pinch of red pepper flakes, chili powder, or hot sauce before grilling avocados.
  • Cheesy avocados: Sprinkle some black beans, diced tomatoes, and feta cheese on top of your grilled avocados for a healthy side dish or light meal.
  • Garlic: Add a pinch of onion and garlic salt to the two halves of your avocado. These two spices are never wrong!
  • Make ceviche: Grilled avocados are perfect for making a small bowl or dish of ceviche.

Frequently asked questions

How do I choose ripe avocados?

A ripe avocado is usually dark green but can also be dark brown or purple. Unripe avocados are light green. They should be firm when you squeeze them with very little give. You do not want it mushy or rock-hard. Finally, the ripe avocado should not have any black spots or dents and should feel heavy.

How do I make vegetable ceviche?

There are many good recipes to make your homemade ceviche. One way is with avocado, mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, corn, limes, halved cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, chile pepper, salt, and pepper. You can also add chopped and deseeded jalapenos for more spiciness, diced carrots for crunch, and chopped asparagus tips for extra flavor and texture. Feel free to add whatever veggies and fresh herbs you like too.

What is the best way to cut an avocado?

First, wash and dry your avocado. Then, place one avocado on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into the side of the avocado lengthwise until you hit the pit. Then, carefully turn the avocado while keeping the blade touching the pit. Once it is sliced all around, twist the two avocado halves apart and remove the pit.

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: Refrigerate your leftover grilled avocado slices in an airtight container or gallon-size zip baggie. Refrigerate for two or three days.
  • Freeze: Freezing is not recommended.

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Recipe tips:

  • If it is not grilling season in your area, use a grilling grate in your oven or an indoor grill for the same flavor and char marks (almost). 
  • If you cook your avocados indoors, keep them on medium heat and watch them so they do not get too soft.
  • Shorten prep time by using store-bought lime juice.
  • The nutrition facts at the bottom of the page are estimated but avocados are low in saturated fat and a good source of monounsaturated fat. It is also naturally gluten-free.
  • Even if your avocados are not all the way ripe, grilling them will soften them up enough to eat and they will still taste delicious.

Grilled Avocado

Grilled Avocado is a delicious side dish, or you can even make it a meal if you top it with meat, beans, and other vegetables.

overhead shot of grilled avocado on a plate with salad greens
  • Prep Time5 MIN
  • Cook Time5 MIN
  • Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 whole ripe avocados
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil more for the grill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Clean the grill grates, oil them, and preheat the grill to 400 F to 425 F.
  • Slice the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit, and immediately squeeze fresh lime juice on top of the flesh.
    squeezing a lime on top of a halved avocado
  • Slightly brush the avocado flesh with oil and sprinkle with salt.
    brushing the avocado with oil
  • Place the avocado halves flesh side down over indirect heat on the grill.
    avocado on the grill
  • Grill with the lid open for 4 to 6 minutes, without moving them, to get the nice girl marks. The avocado is done when it becomes slightly tender.
    grilled avocado with grill marks
  • Remove from the grill. Serve with more lime juice, sprinkle with salt, and if you want add a bit of tahini sauce on top.

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Ramil Hinolan

Ramil Hinolan

I am glad I discovered a different way to eat my avocados. I am excited to try this recipe as soon as I have avocados next week.

Gervin Khan

Gervin Khan

I love this grilled avocados it is so delicious and so easy to make!

Christy G

Christy G

I really wish that I had a bbq grill. I’ve never invested in one since I bought my house two years ago. Maybe one day. I don’t think my George Foreman grill will accomplish the grill marks but I guess I can give it a try. These avocados sound delicious.

vidya

vidya

never tried grilling avocado before but it sure sounds like a great way to have this family favorite food!!

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