Grilled Avocado Recipe

Here’s how to grill an avocado, the trick you didn’t know you needed for smoky guacamole or topping with pico de gallo as a side.

GRILL SOME AVOCADOS THE NEXT TIME YOU FIRE UP THE GRILL. Yes, this magical green fruit just got even more magical. Grilling an avocado infuses a smoky flavor into every bite and turns the bottom a bright green color. Here’s how to make grilled avocado and a few ideas for using them.

Heat a grill to medium-high heat. When the grill is preheated, slice the avocados in half, remove the pits, and drizzle each half with olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Grill the avocado halves cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes or until char marks form.

How to Grill Avocados

Grilled Avocado 🔗

Grilled avocado adds depth of flavor and smoky char to avocados. Use grilled avocado to top salads, mash into guacamole, or simply eat with lime and salt.

Prep: 5min

Total: 15min


  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 avocados, pitted and quartered lengthwise (skin on)
  • Fresh cilantro, flaky sea salt, and lime wedges, for serving


  1. Prepare a grill for high heat; clean and oil grates. In a small bowl, whisk oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Lightly drizzle avocados with oil. Grill, turning once, until char marks are visible on flesh side and avocados have slightly softened, about 2 minutes per side. 
  3. Scoop out flesh from avocado and transfer to a plate. Whisk vinaigrette again, then drizzle over avocados. Garnish with sea salt and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges alongside.


What is the best way to cook an avocado?

Garrison Price, executive chef at New York City’s Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, says grilling is “my go-to move if they’re a little underripe” because it “warms up the fat on the inside, [which] kind of tenderizes it.” Grilling avocados can also hasten the ripening process.

How do you ripen avocados on the grill?

Avocados can also be grilled, making them a great side dish, especially for grilled meats. To grill an avocado, simply cut it in half, remove the seed, drizzle with lemon juice, brush with olive oil, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

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