Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites #SundaySupper

Spicy shrimp sit atop tortilla chips and guacamole for a quick but fancy appetizer. 

Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites

Today the #SundaySupper crew is getting ready for awards shows with fancy finger foods. Now I don’t usually watch the awards shows – I’d rather watch the recaps afterward on who won as well as recaps focused the fashion – but I LOVE entertaining. Any time I have an excuse to make an appetizer – be it a finger food or dip – I jump on it. So when close friends came for dinner a couple of weeks ago, I seized the opportunity to create a new appetizer that would compliment our main meal, tacos.

Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites


That meal was going to be simple because there would be 4 children under the age of 5 running around while the adults tried to play a board game. (Anyone else into legacy board games? After finishing Pandemic Legacy, our little group has moved onto Charterstone.) The plan was for me to make a big batch of tacos for the adults, and quesadillas for our picky children.

While taco night doesn’t usually call for appetizers, other than maybe chips, salsa, and guacamole, but that didn’t stop me. In fact, it’s a question I see frequently in some of the cooking/foodie groups I’m in. What’s an good appetizer to serve for taco and/or Mexican night? Usually the answer is chips and dip, or that an appetizer is unnecessary. While I agree, as a hostess, sometimes I want to serve something anyway.

I created these Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites to that little something extra. A bite that is a little fancier than chips and dip, but still easy and quick. And fairly light, so that guests don’t fill up on appetizers instead of a meal. These little bites feature both Caribbean flavors in the shrimp seasoning as well as a traditional guacamole that you’d expect to see with tacos.

Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites

Recipe Notes: This recipe can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like it to be. I use homemade jerk seasoning (it only takes a few minutes to make from pantry staples) and homemade guacamole (again, super easy, recipe coming Wednesday!), but you can certainly use store-bought seasoning and/or guacamole to speed things up even more. I used store-bought tortilla chips in this recipe, but you can certainly make your own chip or tostada if you’d like.

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Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites

Spicy shrimp sit a top tortilla chips and guacamole for a quick but fancy appetizer. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 165 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbs. jerk seasoning
  • 12 large shrimp deveined and peeled
  • 6 Tbs. guacamole
  • 12 tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy, cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When hot, add olive oil.
  2. While skillet is heating, coat shrimp with jerk seasoning. Place in hot skillet and sautee for 1-2 minutes per side, until shrimp are cooked through.
  3. Place 1/2 Tbs. guacamole on each tortilla chip. Top with a seared shrimp.
  4. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I used homemade jerk seasoning in this recipe, although you can certainly use store-bought, if preferred. 

This recipe makes 12 bites, enough for 4-6 as an appetizer.

Calories per serving: 165 calories/served 4; or 55 calories per bite.

A Books n’ Cooks original. 

Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites on Books n' Cooks

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11 thoughts on “Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites #SundaySupper”

  1. I’m with you. Not into the awards shows, but any excuse to entertain 🙂 This shrimp looks incredible. Definitely sounds perfect paired with the avocado.

    1. Glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t get excited about sitting through the shows. 🙂
      Thank you for the kind words! I hope you get a chance to try these bites.

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