Juicy prawns/shrimp in a creamy mayonnaise sauce served in a ripe avocado is the perfect elegant appetizer for a date night in.
Avocado Ritz (Prawn cocktail stuffed avocados) is a fantastic, retro South African recipe. And one I have loved since I was a little girl. Whenever we went to a “fancy” restaurant and they had Avo Ritz on the menu I would order it without thinking twice. The juicy prawns/shrimp would come in their creamy, sweet mayonnaise sauce stuffed into a ripe avocado and I always felt like I was the fanciest girl on Earth.
Fast forward 20-something years and it is still one of my absolute favorite recipes. Prawn cocktail/Shrimp cocktail is well-known all over the world but it is mostly served on lettuce or with a red cocktail sauce in the US. I’m here to tell you that all of that is good and well but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried this version. It is the perfect luscious appetizer or elegant starter for a dinner party and is my go-to for date nights in. Helloooo Valentine’s dinner for two!
How do you make stuffed avocado?
You can make stuffed avocados with a variety of fillings. From tuna or chicken mayonnaise to all the fillings of a delicious taco, stuffed avocados are a great way to cut down the carbs while still feeling like you’re eating something completely delicious.
The key is to make sure the avocados are perfectly ripe. Cut them in half and remove the stone then drizzle over fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Fill with your desired filling and serve.
How do you make a simple prawn cocktail?
Poach shelled and de-veined prawns/jumbo shrimp in water flavored with lemon rind, peppercorns and salt. Prawns/shrimp cook really fast and will be poached within a minute or two. The moment they turn pink and opaque, they are cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and shock in ice water to stop cooking. Remove from the water and allow to drain well.
Combine mayonnaise, tomato paste, ketchup, lemon juice and a few drops of hot sauce then season to taste and pour over the poached prawns. Mix and serve.
Can you make prawn cocktail in advance?
You can make the prawn cocktail mix up to a day in advance and keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Slice the avocados and fill with the prawn cocktail just before serving to avoid the avocados from browning.
Prawn cocktail stuffed avocados
- 2 avocados halved and stone removed
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
For the prawn cocktail
- 500 g/1 lb prawns/shrimp (shelled and deveined)
- 2 pieces lemon rind
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- hot sauce to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Halve the avocados then remove the stones. Drizzle wit lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Bring a pot of water to a simmer then add the lemon rind, peppercorns and a tablespoon of salt. Fill a large bowl with water and ice.
- Poach the prawns/shrimp in the simmering water until the prawns turn pink/opaque. Remove the prawns with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop them from cooking further.
- Drain the prawns well.
- To make the sauce, combine the mayonnaise, tomato paste, ketchup, lemon juice and hot sauce in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the sauce over the poached prawns/shrimp and mix well.
- Spoon a generous amount of the prawn cocktail onto each avocado and sprinkle with chopped chives.
- Serve immediately.