Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
6 servings

This dish features a Vietnamese-style sauce known as "nuoc cham" [noo-ahk CHAHM] that traditionally includes fish sauce, lime juice, chiles, and sugar. Your avocados should be ripe but still slightly firm so they'll slice easily and not break apart as they grill. Leaving the skin on helps them maintain their shape—remove skin before serving, if you like.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 3/4 cup juice mixture. Stir carrot and chile into remaining 1/2 cup juice mixture, and set aside.

Step 2

Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Starting at tail end, butterfly each shrimp, cutting to, but not through, backside of shrimp. Combine reserved 3/4 cup juice mixture and shrimp in a large bowl, tossing to coat; cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, tossing occasionally. Remove shrimp from bowl, reserving marinade.

Step 3

Prepare grill for medium-high heat.

Step 4

Place reserved marinade in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Cool slightly.

Step 5

Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 12 (10-inch) skewers. Place shrimp on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill shrimp 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done, basting frequently with cooked marinade.

Step 6

Cut 3 avocado halves in half lengthwise; peel and dice remaining avocado half. Brush cooked marinade over mango and avocado wedges; coat with cooking spray. Arrange in a single layer on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Coat lime wedges with cooking spray; place on grill rack. Grill fruit 2 minutes on each side or until marked but not soft, basting frequently with marinade.

Step 7

Place 1 lettuce leaf on each of 6 salad plates; top each leaf with 2 mango slices, 2 lime wedges, and 1 avocado wedge. Place 2 skewers on each plate; sprinkle evenly with diced avocado. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired. Serve with carrot mixture.

Ratings & Reviews

DeborahL01's Review

August 16, 2009
This was wonderful. Wound up frying instead of grilling and added fresh bacon bits! Excellent.

carolfitz's Review

August 14, 2009
Prepped and cooked to recipe, except used a hot red pepper which added a nice bit of color to the plate. Served atop shredded lettuce, scallions, cilantro. Very attractive presentation, great summer supper, light & fresh.

abator's Review

June 17, 2009
We loved this dish. Perfect for a hot summer meal, not too heavy but full of flavor. We happen to love spicy food so the sauce didn't bother us at all. The only thing I will change is the size of the shrimp from the large to the jumbo ones.

DavidC's Review

June 12, 2009
Good flavors though the sauce is probably too hot for most people. But the main problem is that it is not really a meal.

azlall2's Review

May 29, 2009
Easy, tasty and different. I was cooking for 2, so I used 1 avocado and 1 lb shrimp, but kept all else the same since the sauce is served on the side. I used an indoor grill pan. Made jasmine rice and threw 1/2 box of spinach into the rice pot to steam for the last few minutes of the rice (instead of serving on Bibb lettuce). Then I mixed it all up. Delicious.

dsay78's Review

May 24, 2009
This is a lovely date-night meal. I followed the recipe exactly. I served over wide rice noodles and we devoured every last bit!