Seared Scallops with Avocado Mousse and Chipotle Sauce

I’m a sucker for anything made using avocados and Avocados from Mexico reign supreme. Avocados are high in potassium and rich in monounsaturated fat, the heart-healthy kind and eating avocados can promote healthy skin and hair. So this appetizer is not only delicious but good for you, bonus!

So here’s the skinny on avocados. Mexican avocados have a minimum of 21% fat, an average of 25%, and some even reach 30%. So in a nutshell, the higher the fat percentage, the creamier, and richer the avocado. So that means you can feel great about eating this light and festive appetizer for the holidays.

While working in the Muy Bueno test kitchen, Jeanine and I came up with this very gourmet appetizer, a delicately seared scallop dipped in a light and luscious avocado mousse. Wait, and then dipped in a chipotle sauce. Madre mía, is this appetizer screaming out your name yet? If you like seafood, you’re going to fall in love with these melt-in-your-mouth scallops bathed in the scrumptious avocado mousse and spicy sauce that accompanies them.

Avocados from Mexico are available year-round, with the peak of the season being September to May. So wherever you live, you should have access to them.

This gourmet appetizer would be perfect for your upcoming Posada, Noche Buena, or Navidad menu. As a bonus this tasty appetizer bears the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, with the green avocado mousse and spicy red chipotle peppers.

During the holiday season we are so busy decorating, shopping, and gift wrapping so we also wanted something that was delicioso and yet simple to make. We only want it to look like we worked hard. If you can whisk, sear, and assemble you will love the end result.

Skewer them before serving for easy handling and charming presentation. For another serving idea you can serve them on miniature fried corn tortillas topped with the avocado mousse. The presentation is up to you.


Yield: 5 to 10 servings


Avocado Mousse

4 ripe Avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled

1 lime, juiced

½ cup crème fraiche

½ cup crema Mexican

Salt to taste

Chipotle Sauce


1 whole chipotle chile, with 1-teaspoon sauce from can of chipotles in adobo sauce

¼ lime, juiced

½ teaspoon salt


1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon sea salt

10 large sea scallops


Avocado Mousse

Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a blender or food processor. Puree the avocado with the limejuice and season with salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whip crème fraiche and crema Mexicana until soft peaks form. Fold avocado puree into whipped cream gently but thoroughly.

Chipotle Sauce

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.


Drain and rinse scallops thoroughly, pat them dry with paper towels and set aside.

Sprinkle both sides of scallops with salt.

Heat a nonstick pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. The oil needs to be very hot before you add the scallops.

Place the scallops flat-side down in the hot pan. Don't overcrowd the pan, or you'll lower the pan temperature, causing the scallops to be steamed rather than seared. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden and caramelized. Make sure they are caramelized before turning. Turn only once. Do not overcook or they will be rubbery.


Spoon the avocado purée into cocktail glasses.

Fill some small serving bowls with chipotle sauce.

Place one skewered scallop across the rim of each cocktail glass and serve.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

Note: Avocados from Mexico compensated us for this post but the recipe and opinions are our own. Avocados from Mexico make good food better. 

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  1. What a beautiful recipe. Your avocado looks perfect. 🙂 I wanna reach into my laptop to grab one….aw….maybe I should make a batch or two tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! Wish you a wonderful weekend.

  2. You’re preaching to the choir about Avocados from Mexico. You’ll always find a couple in my kitchen. Creamy and wonderful. I eat alot of them in tossed salads. This post is so timely for me, as I was just going to look for a scallop appetizer for New Years Eve. This sounds delicious!

  3. AMAZING picture and delicious receipe, I am also a fan of the avocado, I love it! this morning I had avocado for breakfast and I am planning to have the rest for lunch. I love the combination of sea food with avocado, that’s way I really love your post! have a merry christmas!

  4. Wow! What a fabulous recipe. I love avocado and not only does this recipe sound amazing, the presentation is wonderful!

  5. very rarely can a recipe make my mouth water by just the title alone, but you’ve made it happen! I’ve been looking for a good scallop recipe, so thanks!

  6. Yummy! this recipe is a keeper now that i’m stepping up my cooking game. chipotle & avocado & scallops oh my!

  7. I love anything with avocado’s – this looks fantastic!!

  8. so creamy and dreamy! love the avocado mousse which works so well with different dishes. I don’t eat scallops I can imagine how wonderful they pair. My mom loves scallops, which she calls “marshmellows” so I just may try this for her during navidad! Thanks for sharing the receta!

  9. OMG I love avocado and this has really stole my hear! Though I am not a scallop fan, I am very tempted to try this because of the avocado! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This looks so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I´m ready to go to the supermarket and get ready to cook.

  11. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare scallops and this recipe looks absolutely delicious. thank you so much for posting the recipe!

  12. This looks really good. Too bad I’m allergic to seafood! Boo!

  13. Chipotle, avocado and scallops. perfect combo! love this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  14. I have some scallops in the freezer and was wondering what to do with them and now I have my answer. Beautiful recipe.

  15. This looks like a great recipe. But where do I find the crème fraiche?

  16. Gracias! Looking forward on whipping this together…please keep those recipies coming… ( :

  17. Beautiful! I am the opposite of an earlier commenter…not a fan of avocado but love scallops. Thanks for the great pictures.

    • David: Are you related to my hubby? He does not like avocado either, and I thought he was the only weirdo. LOL! Come to find out he doesn’t like avocados in slivers, but he really enjoys it in a mousse like this recipe, or blended in salsas. Go figure?! I dare you to try it 😉

  18. I foresee a “problem” – I am going to want to eat this avocado mousse with a spoon. Looks so so delicious.

  19. Wow! This sounds super delicious and it looks phenomenal, I’m making this as soon as I get some scallops 🙂 so happy I found you!

  20. Oh my gosh! Two of my top 10 favorite foods together in one recipe…Delish!

  21. Looks so tasty! I’m going to try this at the weekend!

  22. Love the idea of avocado mousse. Sounds so easy and fresh! Can’t wait to try it. Nice blog! 🙂

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