10 min


10 min


Ripe Plantain (Firm) 1
Vegetable oil (or other oil of your choosing for frying) 1 cup
Salt To taste (roughly 1/2 tsp)
Shrimp (large) 12
Ripe Avocado 1
Cajun Seasoning 1 tbsp
Ground red Pepper 1/2 tsp
Pesto 1/2 tsp
Minced garlic 1/2 tsp

I don’t know the true origin of this delightful appetizer, but I first came across a picture of it on  Mama Zee’s facebook page. I have since come across it on some other sites while exploring the ‘internets’ and although I haven’t seen a name for it, I am choosing to call it ‘Shrimpvocado!’ It may seem like it has many steps but it’s actually quite quick!

Prep Step 🙁

  1. You will typically get shrimp frozen. Pre-soak these in water, while you work on the guacamole and plantain

The Guac!

  1. Slice the avocado completely, making sure to cut across till you hit the pit in the middle
  2. Scoop out the avocado into a small bowl, and mix in all the ground pepper, pesto, and minced garlic. Add a little bit of salt to taste
  3. Preparing the guacamole!

    Note: What you mix into the avocado is completely up to you, this is just my choice for something simple that has a kick to it but is flavorful!
  4. Cover the bowl completely with some cling wrap and set aside in the fridge

The Plantain (Dodo)!

  1. Peel the plantain (see this post on peeling). Cut into small ovals. See below
  2. Sliced Plantains

    Sliced plantains

  3. Heat your oil (save 2 tbsps for the shrimp), keeping on medium heat
  4. Fry the pieces until slightly browned. Remove from the oil and let it drain on a paper towel
  5. Frying Plantains

    Keeping a close eye on my frying plantains!

    Note: It is important to stay with the plantains the whole time while continuously flipping till both sides are golden brown, else it will burn easily. I have burnt many a plantain just by stepping away to take a ‘quick look’ at my phone or something else.

The Shrimp!

  1. In a small bowl, combine the shrimp and cajun seasoning and a little bit of salt to taste. (Trust me, stick with just the cajun seasoning)
  2. In a small frying pan, add in the 2 tbsps of oil and turn on the heat to medium for about 2 mins. Next, add in the shrimp. Ensure each shrimp is flat in contact with the pan
  3. Sizzling Cajun Shrimp!

    Sizzling Cajun Shrimp!

  4. After 5 mins, flip each shrimp over (seafood cooks quickly). Once done, set aside
  5. The Shrimpvocado!

    1. Assembly time! Using a teaspoon, take a small scoop of each of your guac mix, and place on each plantain piece. Next, top each, with a shrimp. You may stick a toothpick through the stack if desired (not pictured here). Voila! C’est fini!
    Shrimp and avocado atop fried plantains...or, Shrimpvocado!

    Shrimp and avocado atop fried plantains…or, Shrimpvocado!

    Did you try this recipe or do you do something different with your shrimpvocado? Leave a comment below!

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    Gbenga 3 years ago

    The GF and I were excited to try this but we couldn’t find good plantains so we substituted cucumber slices. Was very tasty and felt healthy. Was also a hit at the party. We will try this again and will definitely use plantains then.

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