This week’s schedule was a little crazy with work events and, to be honest, life in general. I didn’t have a chance to make the spring flatbread I had planned, so I made a simple lunch using the bread and some avocados and shrimp that I had on hand.
The best part about this is that you can top avocado toast with almost any ingredient. There are so many variations, it’s hard not to love this recipe.
Avocado Toast with Seared Shrimp
- ½ lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 ripe avocados
- Flat or pita bread (any dense bread that can hold the toppings will work well)
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk seasoning (optional)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat olive oil in a shallow wide pan. While it’s heating, season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and, if you’re using, the Jamaican Firewalk seasoning. Once the oil is heated, place the shrimp in the pan in one layer, avoiding overcrowding.
Depending on the size of your shrimp, cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes. Flip the shrimp and cook for about another minute until the shrimp is pink and opaque and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. I used small shrimp (41/50) and they cooked in about 3 to 4 minutes total.
Cut the flat bread into points, brush with olive oil and sprinkle whole cumin seeds over the pieces. Toast in the oven for about 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Cut the avocado once all of the other ingredients are prepped to minimize browning. I cut my avocados in thin slices and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I also added a spritz of fresh lemon to help cut down on the browning and add a fresh pop of citrus.
Another variation of avocado toast involves mashing the avocado lightly and mixing with salt, pepper, and lemon juice and then using as a spread. Both ways are equally delicious.
Now you’re ready to assemble. Layer each toast point with slices of avocado and top with shrimp. Finish with another spritz of lemon and serve immediately.