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Avocado Crab Boats

These boats are wonderful with tortilla chips, beans or rice. You can also cover them, pack them on ice, and take them to a picnic or potluck. Straight from the oven or cold, they're always delicious. —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 5 medium ripe avocados, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Lemon wedges


  • Preheat broiler. Place 2 avocado halves in a large bowl; mash lightly with a fork. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix until well blended. Stir in crab, 3 tablespoons cilantro, chives, serrano pepper, capers and pepper. Spoon into remaining avocado halves.
  • Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro; serve with lemon wedges.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 filled avocado half: 325 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 427mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 13g protein.


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  • Joel
    Feb 12, 2021

    Yeah, this one was a swing and a miss. Nice idea, but fell very flat.

  • kelly112681
    Aug 9, 2020

    We enjoyed however not for kids. They did not like so that is why I am giving it a 3. Very easy to make and very tasty for adults.

  • Kim
    Jun 21, 2020

    They need something it might be a texture thing for me but did not like at all

  • fmmslkl
    Jan 17, 2019

    These directions are very clear.

  • johnny
    Jun 6, 2018

    No comment left

  • Stacy
    May 20, 2018

    Very tasty and easy to make. I scooped out all the avacado, mixed all ingredients together except the pepperjack. I refilled the shells and baked/broiled that way. Had some left over to eat as dip.

  • Naomie
    Apr 8, 2018

    To clear up the confusion, just look at the photo! Discard skin from avocados, you are stuffing the remaining 8 (halves of avocado, not skins!), with the crab avo mixture in step one. I use fresh crab and more cilantro, just personal preference. Very tasty, my crew loves these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Candie
    Feb 24, 2018

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  • minderelly1
    Feb 21, 2018

    You guys are missing that you mound the 2 mashed avocado halves mixed with the crab and seasoning onto the avocado halves that are still full with the little hole where seed was.

  • Rachel9732
    Jan 20, 2018

    Maybe I'm missing something, but if you halve five avocados, you have 10 avocado halves. If you use two of those 10 avocado halves for the mashed avocado, you will have eight avocado halves left to stuff with the crab mixture, thus making eight servings. Everything worked out just fine when I made this--and it's really good!