Shrimp Cocktail in Avocado Bowls

5 from 30 votes

Shrimp Cocktail in Avocado Bowls are easy to prepare and a huge hit at parties - making them a fun & delicious appetizer for the holidays!

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If you’re looking for a new idea to serve shrimp as an appetizer, you have to try this shrimp cocktail served in avocado bowls! This is the perfect appetizer to make for your guests during the holidays or for date night in. You can use pre-cooked shrimp, make the cocktail sauce in advance and just mix and spoon into avocado bowls when ready.

Plate with 4 avocado halves with shrimp cocktail inside each and lemon wedges on the side
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I learned how to make this shrimp cocktail in avocado bowls recipe from my dad. He is amazing in the kitchen and whips up the most delicious recipes, most of the time with little ingredients. It’s one of my favorite ways to make a delicious shrimp cocktail appetizer.

why you’ll love this Easy shrimp cocktail

  • No cooking required!
  • Ready in less than 10 minutes of time.
  • Full of fresh ingredients and flavors that really stand out.

ingredients to make the shrimp cocktail

  • Cooked shrimp: I typically use smaller cooked shrimp but you can use what you have or cut up larger pieces of shrimp to make them fit inside the avocado.
  • Avocados: Make sure that the avocados are ripe and larger in size to be able to hold the cocktail mixture.
  • Lemon: This adds the perfect pop of citrus with every bite.
  • Dressing: The dressing is made up of ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, sriracha, ground ginger and salt. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness, creaminess and heat for the perfect shrimp cocktail flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

how to make shrimp cocktail in avocado

  1. Add all the ingredients (minus the shrimp, lime, and avocado) into a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until combined well.
  3. Add the cooked shrimp into the mixture.
  4. Carefully toss and coat until the shrimp are covered entirely.
  5. Cut the avocado in half and scoop out a small section in the center.
  6. Add in a squeeze of lemon juice before filling with shrimp.
6 image collage to show how to make the cocktail sauce, mix with shrimp and then scoop out the avocados

Tips for making This shrimp avocado bowl

  1. Chop up the shrimp: Because the avocado crevice is pretty small, it’s easier to eat if you chop up large sizes of the cooked shrimp, unless you use the mini shrimp.
  2. Make sure the avocoado is ripe: Having a ripe avocado is key! You’ll know it’s ripe if it has a slight give to it when you’re squeezing it. Also, a darker color indicates that the avacado is ripe as well.
  3. Be generous with the lemon juice: The lemon juice actually has two jobs in this recipe. The first is that it helps the avocado to not turn brown once it’s cut open. (This is common as the air changes the color) The second is that it adds an awesome citrus contrast to the creaminess of the shrimp and avocado.
  4. Assemble before eating. While you can make the sauce in advance, it’s best that you cut the avocado right before you’re ready to eat and then scoop the shrimp cocktail immediately afterwards.
  • Add hot sauce or sriracha: Adding a little heat when serving these bowls perfectly complements them.
  • Add chopped vegetables: You can add some finely chopped red onions, celery or red peppers to bulk up the shrimp cocktail if you’d like.
  • Substitute the mayonnaise: For an egg free version, try vegenaise or any other plant-based version you may like.

how to store shrimp cocktail appetizer

best way to store shrimp cocktail with avocado

If you’re fortunate enough to have any left or need to keep it nice and cool for a few hours before serving, store the shrimp cocktail in an airtight container in the fridge. If you’re making this for later, I highly recommend that you wait until you’re serving it to cut and fill the avocadoes so that they stay bright green.

how long will leftover shrimp last in the fridge?

Leftover shrimp don’t have a super long shelf life. You’ll want to eat this cooked shrimp appetizer within 1-2 days of making it.

Frequently asked questions

Is cocktail shrimp already cooked?

Yes, the shrimp that is added to the avocados are fully cooked. If you use raw shrimp, make sure that you saute it first or boil it, whatever method you prefer. I use cooked shrimp as it’s already peeled, deveined, and ready.

What do you eat with shrimp cocktail?

For this simple shrimp cocktail recipe, pairing it with the avocado is perfect. There are other recipes that pair shrimp cocktails with crackers, chips, and more.

What main course goes with shrimp cocktail?

Since most people use shrimp cocktails as starters to their meals, it means that dinner will be following shortly. Steak, salads, chicken, and pork dishes are all great options to follow after eating a shrimp cocktail.

What is the best shrimp for shrimp cocktail?

This is really up to your preference but remember that you want to keep the bites manageable. Even you want to make a jumbo shrimp cocktail, just chop up the shrimp before adding them in. Smaller cooked shrimp should be fine, but you’ll have to be the judge of that once you make the hole in the avocado and start adding in the shrimp.

Spoon scooping out bite of shrimp cocktail with avocado

When it comes to a fast shrimp appetizer that requires minimal prep and effort, you can’t go wrong with this one. Pairing the texture of the avocado with the simple flavor of the shrimp creates a perfect match that will leave everyone wanting more.

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This Shrimp Cocktail & Avocado recipe was originally published on December 18, 2017. The recipe has not been modified, but the post now includes new step-by-step photos for how to make the avocado bowls.

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Shrimp Cocktail in Avocado Bowls

Shrimp Cocktail in Avocado Bowls are easy to prepare and a huge hit at parties – making them a fun & delicious appetizer for the holidays!
5 from 30 votes
Servings 4 Servings
Course Appetizer
Calories 365
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
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  • 2 avocados cut in half lengthwise and pitted
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound cooked small shrimp tails off


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, mayonnaise, worcestershire, sriracha, ginger and salt until it’s fully blended.
  • Add the cooked shrimp to the cocktail sauce, and toss to coat.
  • Scoop out some of the flesh from each of the avocado halves and squeeze the lemon half onto the avocados to help keep them green. Use the scooped avocado for another use.
  • Scoop the shrimp cocktail into the crevice of the avocados and serve immediately.


Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container and eat within 1-2 days. 


Serving: 1g, Calories: 365kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 285mg, Sodium: 1037mg, Potassium: 623mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 23.1mg, Calcium: 180mg, Iron: 3.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Appetizer

5 from 30 votes (29 ratings without comment)

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  1. Jo says:

    Delicious and easy! sub’d with a tad of fresh grated ginger, spicy ketchup, and harissa.
    You’re my go-to site when I need cooking ideas for my meats/protein

  2. Amy says:

    Shrimp cocktail in Avocado bowls. Nothing beats that as best appetizer.

  3. Salwa says:

    More than meets the eyes as far as taste

  4. Abdallah Ezzeddine says:

    This is simply mouthwatering!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thanks Abdu!! 🙂

  5. Sherine Gad El Mawla says:

    Hi Yumna, I want to try the Shrimp Cocktail in Avocados. I cant find Veganaise in the supermarkets where i live. Can i prepare veganaise at home and how? if not, what can i use in replacement to veganaise? We don’t eat mayonnaise so i cant use mayo as a replacement. thanks

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Hi Sherine – That’s no problem! You can try to use greek yogurt with some onion powder or you can also try some sour cream. I haven’t tried either one, so if you try it and it works out, please let me know! Thank you!