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Simple Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter

By Charlotte on September 18, 2013 1:00 AM

By Kelley Cleary Coffeen, author of 200 Easy Mexican Recipes

These lightly marinated shrimp are simple but amazingly flavorful. Rich avocado butter adds a balance in texture and taste.

Tip: I like using a blend of spices to shorten my ingredient list. Creole seasoning has a combination of onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt and pepper. There are many good blends on the market, so you can find a favorite.

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Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter

Makes 4 servings



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Shrimp Marinade:

Making the Avocado Butter:

In a food processor, combine avocados, garlic, lime juice and olive oil and process until smooth. Add salt to taste. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours.

Preparing the Grilled Shrimp:

In a medium bowl, whisk lime juice, garlic, Creole seasoning, cayenne and oil until well blended. Add shrimp and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours.

MeanwhiKelleyCoffeen 350.jpgle, preheat barbecue grill to medium-high.

Remove shrimp from marinade and discard marinade. Thread 4 shrimp on each skewer.

Grill shrimp, turning once, until shrimp are pink and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter. Gently remove from skewers and serve with Avocado Butter.


Kelly Coffeen, author of 200 Easy Mexican Recipes


About the Author

Cookbook author Kelley Cleary Coffeen is a food consultant and media personality who enjoys the flavors of the American southwest and Mexico. 200 Easy Mexican Recipes is her fifth cookbook.


Recipes Excerpted from

200 Easy Mexican Recipes*

FinalEasyMexicanCover 350.jpgPublisher: Robert Rose Inc. 

Penned: March 14, 2013

What's Inside: 200 no-fuss recipes for making authentic-tasting, Mexican-inspired foods and drinks. Covering everything from salsas to sopapillas, this collection includes fresh takes on Tex-Mex favorites like Chile Con Queso and Beef Fajitas and Mexi-Cal creations such as Baja Fish Tacos and Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.

You'll also find ideas for 12 types of margaritas (Margarita Martini anyone?), fun tidbits on the traditions and culture surrounding Mexican cuisine, and a handy list of the tools and equipment you'll need to prepare it like a seasoned pro.

Time Out: 224 pages

Available: $24.95 at Amazon and other retailers

* © 2013 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. 

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