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Grilling avocados may sound strange, but many Chowhounds are big fans. Try one of these grilled avocado recipes for yourself this summer.

You can grill pretty much anything, even less obvious items; see: grilled pizza, grilled fruit, grilled lettuce, and (actual) grilled cheese.

But avocado? “A-m-a-z-i-n-g,” raves jmullen1251, who calls grilled avocado an “item of wonder,” while kchurchill5 agrees, “ABSOLUTELY IT IS HEAVEN!!” And lebelage attests, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras. Just make sure your grill is well seasoned because if you let it stick you’ll mash it all to hell trying to get it off again.”

Other Chowhounds, like Sam Fujisaka, recommend you start with very slightly underripe avocados, which are “Ready when firm, slightly charred on the outside and hot and almost cooked in the inside.” Cut the avocado in half or in quarters, leave the skin on, and grill cut-side down.

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You can eat grilled avocados on their own, as a side dish, or use them in salads and salsas; you can also mash them into guac or turn them into avocado toast.

Brush them with seasonings like oil and balsamic vinegar or mango juice and rum before grilling, or honey and lime juice after. A simple sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning also works (always)—or drizzle on whatever sauce or dressing you fancy. Claudette (who grills avocados, peaches, shrimp, and halved heads of romaine to make a great smoky salad) just cautions: “Use very light dressings so as not to overwhelm the smokiness.”

Speaking of, if you’re a fan of low and slow, follow rainier_wolfcastle’s lead and smoke avocados!

Grilled Avocado Recipes

Try some of these ideas this summer:

1. Stuffed Grilled Avocado

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Fire up the grill for this tasty vegetarian recipe with a middle eastern twist 😋 GRILLED AVOCADO WITH HUMOUS 400g can chickpeas ¼ tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp ground coriander 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 3½ tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp tahini ½ lemon, juiced 1 medium clove garlic, crushed ½ tbsp harissa paste, plus 1 tsp for garnishing 100g Greek-style natural yogurt 4 just-ripe avocados 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander leaves, to garnish Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas and set half of them aside. Pat dry the other half and toss with the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper and ½ tbsp olive oil. Season and spread out on a roasting tray. Cook for 30 minutes, turning over halfway through, until crispy. Meanwhile, place the remaining half of the chickpeas in a food processor with 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp tahini, the lemon juice, garlic and seasoning. Blend and add a splash of water if it seems too thick. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the harissa paste. Combine the yogurt with the remaining tahini. Add some seasoning and set aside. Halve the avocados and remove the stones. Brush the flesh side with 1 tbsp olive oil, then place these on a hot barbecue or griddle pan for 4-5 minutes until there are dark golden griddle marks all over the flesh side. Transfer to a serving plate and fill them with the houmous, then top with the roasted chickpeas. Dollop the remaining harissa over as a garnish, then sprinkle over the coriander. Serve with tahini yogurt on the side. #grilledavocado #bbqfood #avocado #vegetarian #veggie

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You don’t really need a recipe for this one—just grill your halved avocados cut side down and then stuff them with whatever you want: hummus; crab, shrimp, or tuna salad; ceviche; quinoa; cheesy elote-style corn kernels…it would be hard to go wrong here.

2. Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad

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GRILLED PEACH AND AVOCADO SALAD Summer is my favorite time of year for produce, and for eating in general 🤪. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness, making them their most flavorful and vibrant. Whether or not you are buying organic, seasonal produce always contains less pesticides and chemicals. Out of season produce requires more pesticides and chemicals to keep it alive and fresh for up to several months before hitting grocery store shelves 😳. Seasonal produce is also less expensive than out of season fruit, as it is more abundant. INGREDIENTS: SHRIMP 1 lb peeled, cleaned and deveined jumbo shrimp (U15-means 15 to a pound) 1 tbs olive oil 2 cloves of chopped garlic Juice of 1/2 a lime (2 tbs) SALAD Gem/butter leaf lettuce, washed and dried thoroughly (best salad spinner @oxo ) Sliced baby cucumber 1 firm peach, sliced 1 firm avocado, sliced Micro greens Cilantro Flaked sea salt @maldonsalt METHOD: It’s 1000° in south Florida, so I used a grill pan in the comfort of my air conditioned kitchen, but if you can use your grill outside, you can grill all of the below right on your grill grates. * Using a cast iron grill pan @lodgecastiron , coat the pan in 1 tbs olive oil over high-medium heat. * Add your peach and avocado slices and grill for 1 minute on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. * Pat dry your shrimp with paper towel and salt and pepper generously * Using the same grill pan, over high-medium heat add 1 tbs olive oil * Add your shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes * When you flip your shrimp, add the lime juice and chopped garlic and cook for another 3-4 minutes. * Arrange your salad, dress with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette and sprinkle flaked sea salt on top. CILANTRO LIME VINAIGRETTE In a high speed blender or mini food processor combine: 1.5 heaping cups of cilantro, stems and all Juice of 1 lime (1/4 cup) 2 tbs white wine or white balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup olive oil, added in gradually S&P to taste • • #grilledpeaches #grilledpeachsalad #grilledavocado #summersalad #inseasonnow #peachseason #nutrientdense #dairyfree

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Grilled fruit is a favorite; so is grilled shrimp—so it just makes sense to combine them with grilled avocado for a super-summery salad. (For a more tropical take, try this Grilled Avocado Mango Shrimp Salad recipe too.)

3. Grilled Avocado and Gem Salad

Grilled avocado also makes a lovely addition to a crisp green salad; this one has a fresh herb yogurt dressing that goes well with the avo’s creamy texture (but if you wanted to be extra, you could try our dairy-free Creamy Chipotle Avocado Dressing too). Get the Grilled Avocado and Gem Salad recipe.

4. Grilled Avocado with Veggie Ceviche

Raw fish purists may balk at calling marinated vegetables ceviche, but by any other name, they’re still delicious, and using hearts of palm even mimics the texture of firm-yet-tender seafood. Stuffed into grilled avocados, it’s a light and healthy summer starter or meal. Get the Grilled Avocado with Veggie Ceviche recipe.

5. Grilled Avocado and Eggs

You’ve probably seen egg-filled baked avocados before, but you can also make that magic happen on the grill. Hello, summer weekend brunch (not that we’d ever pass up eggs for dinner either). Get the Grilled Avocado and Eggs recipe.

6. Grilled Avocado Bowls

This is another easy-to-customize idea: use any type of rice you like (including cauliflower rice for a low-carb dish) or go whole grain; add whatever other grilled veggies and/or proteins you like; switch up the sauce and garnishes depending on what you have on hand. Just don’t forget to add the grilled avocado. Get the Grilled Avocado Bowls recipe.

7. Grilled Avocado Guacamole

Want a way to upgrade your guac? Grill the avocado first. It’s the perfect topper for grilled fajitas (or anything else, honestly). Get the Grilled Avocado Guacamole recipe.

Don't Forget to Try It on Toast

This Avocado Toast Is Gloriously Basic (But You Can Grill It Too)

Caitlin McGrath wrote an earlier version of this story.

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