Grilled avocado is a simple, nutritious, and fun addition to any summer barbecue menu! This method for cooking avocado gives the fruit an amazing, smoky flavor and an incredibly creamy consistency that you just won’t get with other methods. Serve the avocados on their own, as vessels for pico de gallo, chicken salad, or pulled pork BBQ, or turn them into a rich guacamole. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for a variety of dietary needs.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- This recipe is insanely easy, unbelievably delicious, and only takes a handful of ingredients! There’s hardly any prep work – just cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Give them a quick spray with cooking oil and let the grill take care of the rest. Before you know it, you’ll have creamy, smoky avocados complete with those beautiful char marks.
- Avocados are delicious all on their own, yes, but if you’re a fan of guacamole, you already know that lime juice and a little salt take them to a whole other level. Pair those classic flavors with the depth and richness you get from the grill? Oh, man. Summer just got a whole lot better.
- Like I mentioned up top, grilled avocado are great for a variety of dietary needs. They’re naturally low carb, keto-friendly, paleo, Whole30-compliant, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, AND dairy free. Even if you’re not following any of those specialty diets, though, your body will love all the nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats in avocados. You can’t go wrong with this superfood on the menu.
- When choosing avocados, there are a couple of things to keep in mind so you get the absolute best results on the grill. The avocados should be ripe, but still a little firm. Consider the color, but don’t rely on it alone – some varieties of avocado should be dark green or almost black, while others will still be light green even when they’re perfectly ripe. Avoid any dark spots, bruises, or soft/mushy spots, though, regardless of the avocado’s skin color.
- You’ll grill the avocado halves directly on the grill grates, without any foil or anything in between. Make sure, though, that you place them away from the direct flames. You want them softened, not flambéed. Keep an eye on them, too. They’ll cook pretty quickly – 5-ish minutes should be all you need.
- Once you’ve got perfectly grilled avocados, then what? Well, the options are endless! Serve them on their own next to your favorite grilled proteins. Fill them with corn salsa, BBQ chicken salad, shredded beef, or simply top them with a little shredded cheese. Slice them up and use them as a topping on fish tacos, steak taco bowls, or pickled beet tacos. Turn them into a rich, smoky guac or creamy avocado dressing. So versatile!
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- 2 medium ripe avocados halved, pits removed; see Notes
- 4 lime wedges plus more for serving if desired
- salt to taste
- Grill see Notes
- Cooking spray
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat, approximately 375° to 450° Fahrenheit.
- When grill is ready, lightly spritz cut-side of avocados with cooking spray. Place avocado halves cut-side down directly on preheated grill grate over indirect heat.
- Grill, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until avocados are softened and light char marks appear on avocado meat. Check for grill marks periodically and be careful not to overcook.
- Use tongs to carefully remove avocado halves from grill. Immediately squeeze fresh lime juice over avocados (approximately 1 lime wedge per avocado half), sprinkle with salt to taste, and serve.
- Grill: If you don’t have a grill, you can use a cast-iron grill pan. The recipe instructions will stay the same.
- Avocados: For best results, choose avocados that are ripe but still a little firm.
- Make sure to serve the avocados immediately after cooking. They’ll begin to oxidize and turn brown as they’re exposed to open air.
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