Marinated Avocado

{Weekend Herb Blogging}

 Marinated Avocado

 Avocado has a really interesting name in the Vietnamese language. We call it “trái bơ”, literally means butter fruit. I remember being so curious about the fruits as a kid. Did it taste like butter? Was it white? Of course, avocado turned out to be a green fruit. It doesn’t taste exactly like butter, but it is certainly rich and smooth enough, butter style!

The Vietnamese loves their avocado smoothie, something I would shy away from. Avocado, sugar and I are not friends. I love to use avocado in savoury dishes though.

Lately I have made an effort to bring lunch to work more often, and the idea of marinating avocado in sandwich has been on my mind. Cumin, coriander, lime juice, cayenne pepper, garlic. Inspirations: guacamole, can’t you tell? The end result is really beautiful. The rich and smoothness of avocadoes pair well with the tartness and spiciness of other ingredients. I love having them with toasts, or in sandwich with bitter salad greens and cold cuts.

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Marinated Avocado

Marinated avocado – the recipe

Ingredients
2 avocados, peeled and sliced to 1cm thickness
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
½ tsp each of coriander and cumin seeds
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 lemon, thickly sliced
Juice of another lemon
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbp olive oil

Method 
Arrange the avocados in a container, together with the onion, garlic, and lemon slices.
Lightly toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a frying pan until fragrant. Add in the above mixture.
Mix together lemon juice, sugar, salt and olive oil, cayenne pepper. Taste, you may want to adjust the ingredients a bit to suit your taste. Pour the mixture into the avocado mixture.
Cover and let it marinated overnight or at least a few hours.

42 Responses to Marinated Avocado

  1. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    Looks fantastically healthy Anh!!! I love the moody photos

  2. in my kitchen | in my studio says:

    Hi anh, thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! My daughter loves avacado so might make this for the fam!

  3. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    I don't eat avocado on its own, but with seasonings like that, oh yes!

  4. A Spoonful of Yumm says:

    interesting take….never thought of serving it on bread slices. looks yummy

  5. Tangled Noodle says:

    This is great – a new way to enjoy avocado beyond guacamole! 8-)

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is something delicious! I always marinate my avocado slices with lemon juice and condiments…

  7. La Table De Nana says:

    Sounds super interesting..my neigbour serves avocado slices as an appy/ her cheese..etc..I love it!

  8. Cindy says:

    "Butter fruit" – the perfect name for an avocado! Like you, I like to eat them savoury style. This is just my thing. :-)

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    That's the perfect name for it, it really does have a silky and buttery texture.

  10. Quay Po Cooks says:

    I prefer avocado in savory dish too. This sounds delicious.

  11. Magda says:

    "Butter fruit"; that is such a spot-on name!

  12. Plateful says:

    Hmm, sounds like a simple yet flavorful way to enjoy avocados. Lovely!

  13. Faith says:

    I love how avocado is the star but is highlighted perfectly with other flavors!

  14. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy says:

    Something so unusual but I know that I m gonna love it …This pickled avocado is something I wud love to replace cheese in my sandwiches with!

  15. tigerfish says:

    I like the spices combination you have used to marinate the avo…very interesting. I usually just smear and mash the naked avo on toast!

  16. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen says:

    I'm glad I came here! :) enough said

  17. Anna says:

    I love avocado with milk and sugar, frozen…Yummy! I know it is rich in vitamins and minerals too. Thanks for your post, I have more options for such a versatile fruit…

  18. Von says:

    Avocado is also called 'butter fruit' in chinese too!! I never had much avocado when I was young- it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I started eating it in sandwiches! I've never tried avocado in anything sweet, though i know I'd probably like it (I love avocado)…..but savoury avocado on bread always works! I love the idea of marinating avocados- it sounds amazingly

  19. Zara says:

    Hi, Anh! Your photography is magnificent, as always! Your photos really provoke the desire to eat everything that is pictured!;)

  20. Little Corner of Mine says:

    I was just asking my friends over the weekends about how they prepare avocado. This sound great!

  21. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    That's really interesting because Avocado is called 'Butter Fruit' in India too!

  22. Indonesia Eats says:

    Avocado is my creamy ingredient. I dislike the taste of mayo here so instead I often use avocado. However, I still like the Japanese mayo better than regular mayo here.

  23. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    This sounds good – nice and easy and I have all the ingredients but avocado. I'm going to try this soon after I grab avocados! Thanks for sharing Anh!

  24. Smoky Wok (Jen) says:

    Very creative idea! Avocado is so buttery in texture so the Vietnamese name is spot-on.

  25. Keerthana @ lifenspice says:

    This looks healthy and loved the photos!

  26. Claudia says:

    We have lots of avocados getting ripe now, and this will be a great way of using some.

  27. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    What a fab idea! Perfect with some sourdough

  28. The Cilantropist says:

    Wow this sounds so interesting, I would have never thought to do this, you are so creative! :)

  29. Shu Han says:

    I love avocado, it's so creamy and delicious, plus full of good stuff! never tried marinating avocado, won't it turn brown?

  30. Anh says:

    Hi Shu Han:The lemon juice will help the avocado from turning brown. As you see from my photos, the avo slices are still green and fresh.

  31. Soma says:

    As i have told you before, this is something i HEART. Thank you for a simple and a wonderful recipe.

  32. Wonder of my World says:

    this is so nice post

  33. kathryn elliott says:

    This is such a lovely, interesting idea Anh. I never know what to do with those leftover bits of avocado, so I just leave them in the skin and then cut off the brown bits the next time I go to use. But I'm assuming you could leave it in this citrus marinade, at least over night? And then it'll still be fresh and brown free the next day?

  34. shaz says:

    Yum, I love avocadoes, they are so plentiful at the moment. Will try this, great idea. But like you, I cannot bring myself to pair avocado with sugar.

  35. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    How fascinating! I don't believe I have come across a savory preparation of the avocado yet…. This recipe seems to offer the perfect balance to the richness of the fruit…

  36. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Great idea. Have to try this when I get back. :)

  37. Monet says:

    For a girl that loves avocado, this looks too good. I would love a slice right now. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday full of laughter and love.

  38. Sips and Spoonfuls says:

    So simple and yet, sooooo good :)

  39. john@heneedsfood says:

    I really love the sound of this, and yes, I don't think avocado and sugar are a great match either. I tried an avocado smoothie for the 1st time in Morocco 10 years ago. Me no likey!

  40. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful ! Ever thought of using marinated avocado on breads. Thanks for sharing your new creation.

  41. Angie's Recipes says:

    I love avocados. This is a perfect recipe for me.

  42. Azita says:

    This is such a great recipe! I have never thought to marinate avocados. Love it!

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