Can You Cook Avocado?

We know avocado is the best food ever. But can you cook it?

We know avocado is the best food ever. But can you cook it?

I’ve always heard that you shouldn’t cook with avocado. Supposedly, heating an avocado turns it mushy and bitter, so you should always add it at the very end. All of that is wrong, wrong, wrong.

You can bake avocado wedges to make avocado fries (yum). We have two great recipes for avocado fries coming up soon, one breaded and one with the avocado slices wrapped in bacon. Oh yeah!

You  can  also put mashed avocado into cakes, muffins and brownies. The healthy fats in the avocado add moisture to baked goods and this is a great way to add a nutritional boast to traditionally unhealthy foods. Just add blended avocado to your batter and no one will ever know you snuck it in. We’ve got an avocado brownie recipe for you coming soon. You’ll see. It’s pretty great.

You can grill avocado too. Put it at the edge of the grill’s heat so that it gets more subtle treatment. Place a halved avocado cut side down for about 5 minutes, until grill marks just appear.

Another way to cook with avocado is to add it to sauces. There’s an avocado mac ‘n’ cheese and an avocado alfredo coming up soon to show off that technique.

See, you can cook with avocado. If you’re using it mashed in things, then just go for it. Add it in. If you’re trying to keep it in intact slices, wedges or halves, you must treat it gently or it will turn to mush. The more you handle it, the more mushy it becomes. That’s why you add it just before serving in many recipes.

Finally, remember that avocado does turn brown, even when cooked. Even when mashed and cooked. So that avocado mac ‘n’ cheese we mentioned, it has some citrus juice included to counter that a bit. It’s still not totally perfect though. The dish will start to turn a slight beige color if you don’t serve it immediately. In general, dishes that contain avocado need to be eaten right away or else they will start to discolor. It’s not harmful to eat discolored avocado though. It just doesn’t look pretty.

So the take away is simple. Cook with avocado. You know you want to. Just follow those few tips and it will all turn out smashing.

Amy Bowen

Amy had no clue how to cook until she became the food reporter for a daily newspaper in Minnesota. At 25, she even struggled with boxed mac and cheese. These days, Amy is a much better cook, thanks to interviewing cooks and chefs for more than 10 years. She even makes four cheese macaroni and cheese with bacon, no boxed mac in sight. Amy is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.