One of my favorite ways to eat avocado is to stuff it with a salad of some sort. Chicken, tuna, you name it, I'll eat it, but shrimp salad in avocado is my absolute favorite combo. It's so damn delicious and only takes a few minutes to prepare the avocado boats. Perfect for those days when you don't feel like cooking but need to fuel up with something healthy.
Bay Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Boats
Bay shrimp are the small little shrimp you'll find at the grocery store in the seafood section. They come already shelled and cooked, which makes them the perfect food for tossing in a cold salad. Matter of fact, most people I know call them "salad shrimp."
Since the carb and fat content of these little bay shrimp are practically nonexistent, I like to use them as an easy way to bump up my protein intake without driving up my calories and other macros. In 100 grams of the shrimp, there are only 85 calories, 1.18g fat, 0g carbs, and nearly 18g of protein. Not too shabby, amirite?
With no cooking necessary, it's safe to say that salad shrimp are an extremely diet-friendly convenience food. Great for snacks and simple meals! Speaking of effortless meals...
Making Shrimp Salad in Avocados
Step one: mix everything but the avocado together. Step two: cut the avocado in half and get rid of that pit. Step three: pile your shrimp salad on each half of the avocado. Boom. Done. It doesn't get any simpler than this.
You can literally make this recipe in your own kitchen faster than it took me to write out those instructions. No excuses! ?
Customizing Your Shrimp and Avocado Boats
Okay, so the shrimp and avocado recipe is officially easy AF. But it's also really easy to adapt to fit your macros.
To reduce the fat content, you can do a couple of things. First, you could try omitting the mayonnaise. The shrimp salad won't be as creamy, but remember, you do have an ultra creamy avocado sitting right underneath the shrimp anyways. Second, you could scoop a bigger pit into the avocado flesh. Scooping a portion of the avocado out will reduce the fat and carb content of the recipe.
To increase the protein, add some more shrimp! You can easily double the amount of shrimp without changing the other ingredient quantities and dramatically impacting the flavor. Doubling the shrimp will nearly double the protein macro listed below. Each avocado half can hold up to about 3 oz of salad shrimp, so don't worry about loading them up with extra shrimp if you are trying to hit your protein goal.
Looking for other keto shrimp recipes?
Try one of these!
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp mayonnaise
- ⅛ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
- salt to taste
- 3 oz salad shrimp aka bay shrimp
- 1 avocado whole
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice, mayonnaise, paprika, cilantro, and salt. Mix in salad shrimp until thoroughly coated.
- Cut the avocado in half and remove pit. Divide the shrimp salad between the two avocado halves, spooning the salad into each hollow.
Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published cookbook author.
Darleen Prangue says
Very tasty and healthy recipe I don't think anyone else would get this recipe on other websites. Although I enjoyed eating it while making me healthy Thanks!
Laila P says
I love the dressing of this one ! Simple and healthy ! I will use it again and again with different variations 😀 Thanks for the recipe.
Tasha Metcalf says
So happy you enjoyed it, Laila! The dressing is a great base for a variety of different salads. And avocado boats are a super fun (and delicious) serving vessel! Thanks for the positive feedback! 🙂