Crab stuffed avocados. I think that's all that needs to be said here. These are healthy and so delicious. They make the perfect snack or appetizer. Crab? Good. Avocado? Good. Fresh pico de gallo? Good. These take very little time to make and if you like crab you'll love these.
You can buy crab meat in your grocery store seafood department or do like we do and save some meat from a crab dinner. Dice up a little tomato, onion and cilantro and you have a mouth watering treat. You could also use fake crab meat, which is actually fish.
If you want to make this even quicker you can buy pico de gallo instead of making your own but fresh is so much better. However, I understand the need to have healthy foods more easily accessible. And sometimes the ones you buy from the store are pretty fresh.
When I first made these crab stuffed avocados we used them as a snack. I could see these being a great starter for a steak meal or even paired with a large salad. Or just add some rice and beans and make the avocados the main dish. I'd probably make a cilantro lime rice and some black beans. Now I'm getting hungry for this!
If you don't live somewhere crab is readily available, the fake crab meat isn't bad in this. I'm sure that's not a glowing review but I love real crab so much it's hard to substitute it. When we've made these it's usually the day after a crab dinner with some extra crab meat leftover in the fridge.
Yum, right? You won't be disappointed with this one.
How to cut an avocado
Never cut an avocado before? It's easy! The tricky part is getting a perfectly ripe one. To cut an avocado line your knife up along the long end so that each half will be the same size. The pit is in the middle so you won't be able to cut directly through so cut until you feel the pit with the knife then just rotate the knife all the way around the avocado until you meet up with the beginning of your cut. Then grab each side with a hand and gently twist the avocado until the pieces come apart. The pit will be stuck in one half. An easy way to remove the pit is to get your knife stuck in it and twist. Real Simple has a great little pictorial.
Once you have the avocado cut just peel the outside peel away from the inside and you're ready to stuff it! If the avocado is ripe it will be a vibrant green that's a little soft but not too squishy or brown.
Crab Stuffed Avocado Recipe
Recipe is 2 servings. It's easy to make more! If you want to save some for later I'd make the crab mixture and refrigerate but don't cut the avocado until you're ready to eat them. They start to look bad pretty quickly once they're cut.
- 1 medium avocado
- 2 tbsp chopped red onion
- 3 oz lump crab meat
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 cherry tomatoes, diced
- ½ tsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt and fresh black pepper
- In a bowl, combine the onion, lime juice, cilantro, tomato, olive oil, half the salt and pepper. Add the crab and mix together.
- Halve the avocado. Peel the skin off the avocado. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Fill the avocado halves with the crab mixture.