Recipe Time: Shrimp Tostadas


It’s Summer, and with that means I eat an unhealthy and inordinate amount of avocados and tomatoes. So, any excuse to use these two in a recipe, I’m down!

This was a super easy recipe, and one that could be switched around for lots of different uses: tacos, enchiladas, salad, etc. And the website gives all the nutrition info as well — a double bonus!

Shrimp Tostadas
From: The California Avocado Commission

shrimp tostada


  • ¾ cup beer
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp. celery seeds
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ lb. domestic, wild-caught jumbo shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 2 ripe, fresh California Avocados (or any variety you want!), seeded, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 Roma tomato, finely diced
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • ½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ limes, juiced
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, black pepper to taste
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas


  1. Combine beer, bay leaves, celery seeds, cayenne and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until just turning pink and cooked through. Remove shrimp from liquid, cool to room temperature, and cut into 1/2-inch dice.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked shrimp with avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir gently, taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary. Chill thoroughly.
  3. Meanwhile, pour oil to a depth of ½-inch in a small pan for frying. Fry the tortillas on both sides until crisp and drain on paper towels.
  4. To serve, divide julienned lettuce evenly between each crispy corn tortilla. Top with avocado shrimp mixture and serve immediately.

For my version, I didn’t do the jalapenos or carrots, but that is included on the original recipe’s website. Also, you can top with whatever else you want – black beans, refried beans, sour cream, etc.



Author: soroussell

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2 thoughts on “Recipe Time: Shrimp Tostadas

  1. Love the combo of seafood and mexican!

  2. Pingback: Recipe Time: Zucchini & Shrimp « tuliptea

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