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Prawns with Zingy Avocado Dip

Prawns with Zingy Avocado Dip

Shrimp cocktail gets a much-needed makeover! Make the dip just before serving.


  • 2 fresh jalapeños, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 1/2 cup at-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea), or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked and chilled jumbo prawns or shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, for serving (optional)


Step 1

Remove the stem, seeds, and veins, from the jalapeños. Finely dice one jalapeño. Set aside. Coarsely chop the remaining jalapeño and place in a blender with the avocado, sour cream, lime rind, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, parsley, mint, cilantro, garlic, salt, and ground cumin.

Step 2

With the motor running, add the olive oil and water in a slow, steady stream until smooth and well combined, scraping sides of blender once. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if desired. Transfer to a serving bowl. Add 2 tablespoons red onion and most of the reserved diced jalapeño. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with the remaining onion and jalapeño.

Step 3

Arrange the prawns on a serving platter. Scatter with the edible flowers, if using. Serve with the dip.

Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer — Recipe adapted from