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Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash

This Smoky Chipotle Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash is the perfect entertainer for seafood lovers. Spicy, zingy and fresh – it’s easy to throw together for when unexpected guests pop over. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free. 

Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash

Tips for making Chipotle Prawn Salsa

Chipotle is a type of chilli from Mexico. It’s generally prepared as a paste or in adobo sauce. It’s warmly spicy with light smoky notes and lends itself well to seafood and slow cooked meats.

When it comes to prawns (shrimp in the US), I try to go for sea-caught rather than farmed varieties. You can generally tell if they’ve been sea-caught when their flesh and orange markings are slightly more transparent. Rather than bright orange.

Tips for Making Smashed Avocado Mash

Always add some lime or lemon juice to your smashed avocado mash (it’s a thing). This helps prevent browning. It also adds a little zing to the mash, as does a good pinch of salt. When in season Shephard Avocados are great as they do not go brown when cut or mashed (or smashed).

Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash

A bit of an update

It’s been just over a week since our house move – one of the reasons I’ve been quiet, but we have managed to unpack most things and settle right in.

Our neighbours welcomed us to the street with a selection of homemade Anzac bikkies, a cute hand-drawn card and some cereal slices.

In return we treated them to this platter of gluten-free brownies, gluten-free banana bread bites and sugar-free macadamia nutella (recipe to come) complete with handmade clay gift tags.

Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash

So tell me dear reader, would this chipotle prawn salsa tickle your fancy? PS And do you take foodie gifts to your neighbours and invite them over for a cup of tea?

Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash
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Smoky Chipotle Lime Prawn Salsa on Avocado Mash

If you can't get your hands on smoky chipotle sauce ( I got mine from Harris Farm), feel free to use (gluten-free) Worcestershire sauce with 1/4 tsp smoky paprika.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 12-15 large cooked peeled prawns (about 500g / 1lb unpeeled or 250g / 0.5lb peeled)
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1-2 sprigs coriander, roots trimmed and the rest chopped finely (or parsley if you prefer)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1-2 tbsp smokey chipotle chilli sauce


  • Mash avocado with lemon juice. Spread on serving plate.
  • Chop peeled prawns into three chunks. Mix together with diced tomato, finely chopped springs of corisnder (or parsley if you prefer), lime juice, finely chopped red onion and hot chipotle chilli sauce. To serve: top avocado mash with prawn salsa.
  • Drizzle over with extra chipotle sauce if you like the extra heat.
  • Serve chilled with corn chips, crackers, pita bread, lettuce wraps or on it's own.
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Minxie May 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

Oh my gosh, I saw this on Facebook yesterday and decided I’d try to make it for light supper tonight as we are both going out to a big lunch today. Thanks so much for the recipe :-D looks amazing as did your treats for the neighbours! I wish I lived nearby…

Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) May 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

G’day! Very colorful, healthy dish too!
LOVE your photo and wants some now too!
Cheers! Joanne
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Maureen May 28, 2013 at 12:10 am

If you can cook like this after moving, you’re my hero :) I HATE moving.

Anne S May 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

This looks so fresh, i can’t wait to make it as a starter for our anniversary barbecue on the weekend. So glad you listed the alternative to the chipotle sauce, I’ve been looking everywhere for it and to no avail!

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Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen) May 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

Congratulations on your successful new move. I adore this recipe and will be bookmarking this one for next time having guests. Perfect starter for the evening. Moving is stressful and trust me I have done it several times internationally which is a real stress. The first thing I unpack is of course my kitchen. Next followed by linen for the beds and couple of towels for the morning and everything else gets unpacked slow but surely over several days.

chilliandmint May 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

This recipe looks right up my street, not least because I have just made another batch of my homemade chipotle sauce (you can see the recipe on my blog if you are interested). Combining it with prawns, lime, lemon, coriander, tomatoes – all the things I adore, this is clearly the perfect dish. You sound like the perfect neighbour, I certainly wouldn’t mind living next to you with all your wonderful food offerings. Maybe I could offer you a pot of chipotle sauce in return ;o)

Nami | Just One Cookbook June 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I love this prawn salsa! I’ve been eating avocado like everyday, and still can’t get enough. :D I seriously can eat this for “dinner” instead of snack or appetizer. ;) Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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