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Grilled Avocados with Ginger Miso

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4 Servings


About the Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots (about 1/2 small shallot)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for the grill or grill pan

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger (about a 1-inch piece)

  • 1 teaspoon white miso paste

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 medium, firm-ripe avocados

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn, for garnish

  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving


Step 1

Whisk together the shallots, vegetable oil, vinegar, ginger, miso, sesame oil and sugar in a small bowl; set the marinade aside.

Step 2

Halve the avocados lengthwise, remove the pits and score the interior of each half in a 1/2-inch crosshatch pattern. Set the halves, cut-side up, on a rimmed baking sheet, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Spoon the marinade into the avocado cups, dividing evenly (about 1 tablespoon per avocado half), and let stand for 5 minutes while it soaks in. Spread the marinade (with a pastry brush or the back of a spoon) over the entire cut surface of the avocados and gently into the crosshatch cuts.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high. Lightly oil the grill grates or grill pan. Grill the marinated avocado halves, cut-side down, for 2 minutes, gently loosen with a spatula, then continue grilling until the avocados show grill marks and the marinade is fragrant and caramelized, about 2 minutes more. Flip the avocados to their skin side, sprinkle with some salt and pepper and grill for 1 minute.

Step 4

Transfer to individual serving plates, and garnish each with some of the basil and a lemon wedge.


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