For those of you who don’t know me well, you only need to know one basic fact about me:
I. Love. Avocados.
In fact, I’m starting to think avocados are magical…
There’s something about the creamy ingredient that makes my heart soar. I love the richness it adds to any recipe, and I couldn’t imagine going a single day without sampling at least a little bit of one of these delightful little treats.
I know, I know. I sound a wee bit obsessed, but that is something I am willing to risk.
I’m an avocado addict.
Avocados go with so many different dishes and they can even be the star substitute ingredient in some of your favorite foods, just like they are for potatoes in this recipe.
Making batter-dipped avocado fries is one of those ways to prepare this delectable produce that I thought I would hate, but I actually LOVE.
There are some people who don’t love fried avocado, claiming it should never be served warm, but I couldn’t disagree more. I honestly think those individuals are missing out. In warm preparations, it is totally tasty.
These fries have everything you could ever want, in every single bite. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, they have a delicious fried flavor with some added nutrients and protein to make you feel a little healthier about indulging.
When you snack on them, you get a whole new fry experience that you simply will not be able to resist going back for again and again.
As much as I love the classic potato fry, there’s something about subbing in the green fruit (yes, avocado is technically a fruit) that takes the snack you know and love to a whole new level.
I like how fresh and bold the flavor is, especially when you pair it with a spicy tzatziki sauce to dip the fries in. The creamy flavor of the sauce pairs with the green fruit, as well as the crisp texture on the outside.
It’s one of those recipes that you can pull out for any snack attack that you have. I like to serve these whenever I’m having a party.
Whether you are tailgating, hosting a barbecue, or simply having friends over for a casual gathering, this is an easy appetizer to whip up and serve your guests.
I’ve never gotten a bad reaction when I’ve served them – though my anecdotal data might be skewed because I don’t know that I could ever associate with an avocado-hater…
Everyone will gather around the table to enjoy these, and they will definitely be fighting over the last fry. Ready in about 30 minutes, you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the company of others.Print
You can feel a little healthier about getting your fry fix when you whip up a batch of these batter-dipped avocado fries.
- 4 large, ripe large avocados
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup (approx. 2 oz) grated Pecorino cheese
- 1 tsp salt + more for seasoning, divided
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper + more for seasoning, divided
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- Halve the avocados and remove pits. Scoop out flesh carefully, keeping it fully intact. Slice into wedges.
- Place the flour in a shallow bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Beat the eggs in another shallow bowl. Stir together the breadcrumbs, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a third shallow bowl.
- Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering, but not smoking.
- Place an avocado wedge in the seasoned flour and coat evenly, then shake off the excess. Dip in egg, then breadcrumbs, thoroughly coating with each. Repeat with the rest of the avocado.
- Add 5-6 wedges to the hot oil and cook in batches. Flip after about 1 minute, when they’re browned on one side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately with tzatziki sauce.
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keywords: avocado fries, fried avocado, appetizer, snack
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Grate Cheese and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Grate enough Pecorino cheese to have 1/4 cup total.
Measure out all of the remaining ingredients as listed.
Step 2 – Prepare Produce
Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.
Carefully scoop out the flesh from the skins.
Try to pull out the halves whole without leaving any flesh behind or breaking the fruit, if you can help it.
Slice into wedges. I sliced each half into 3 wedges, for 24 in total.
Step 3 – Dredge Wedges
Add the flour to a shallow bowl, and season it with salt and pepper.
In a separate shallow bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until combined.
In a final third shallow bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper.
Step 4 – Coat and Fry
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. The oil should be shimmering but not smoking when it’s ready.
Place an avocado wedge in the seasoned flour. Coat the wedge evenly and lightly shake off the excess. Dip the wedge in egg, and let the excess drip off. Finally, coat it well in seasoned breadcrumbs.
Repeat with the remaining avocado wedges, and place each one on a parchment-lined baking sheet when they’re ready.
Work in batches to fry the wedges, placing about 5-6 in the pan at a time. Cook until browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste before serving with your favorite dip.
Pick the Best Produce for Sensational Snacking
When choosing the avocados you need for this recipe, the key is for them to be ripe without being too soft.
Really, I cannot overemphasize this enough. What might be perfect for guacamole isn’t going to work well for this dish, but you don’t want hard, underripe fries either.
The softer ones that are really ripe are the ones I usually reach for when I’m using them in desserts, or for making a creamy guacamole. You don’t want to use those really ripe ones here, because they will not stand up to the dredging and frying.
Instead, make sure those fruits are ripe but still holding their shape. Choosing the right avocados is key to the success of this tasty dish.
Looking for even more ways to make tasty fries? Here are some incredible recipes:
- Cajun Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Butternut Squash Oven Fries
- Zucchini Fries
- Oven-Baked Green Bean Fries
When will you bring out this dish for friends and family to enjoy? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to rate the recipe once you try it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on June 19, 2012. Last updated: March 7, 2019 at 7:25 am.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.