Aug 3, 2022

Avocado and Shio Kombu Shrimp Stir-Fry

This dish was inspired by a okonomiyaki flavor I saw at a local restaurant. If you're somewhat familiar with okonomiyaki, you'll know that avocado is definitely not one of the common ingredients used. That's what made an impression on me.

The flavor combo got a modern twist, somewhat fashionable too. They cook the avocado, tomatoes, and shrimps together as the main ingredients for the okonomiyaki. So I took that idea, put in some modifications, and made it into a regular stir-fry dish. Turned out pretty good, but note that this dish is better consumed at once, otherwise avocado can get darker or even bitter as time goes by.

Avocado and shio kombu shrimp stir-fry - 

Avocado and shio kombu shrimp stir-fry


  • 1 avocado (semi-ripe works best)
  • 12 shrimp
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 50 grams shio kombu 塩昆布
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 1 tiny pinch salt
  • Small pinch dried seaweed flakes


Peel and devein the shrimp. Peel and discard the seed of avocado, then cube it. Destem and dice the tomato. Peel and chop the garlic cloves.

Shio kombu

Take a non-stick pan, drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and turn to medium heat. Add in chopped garlic and tiny pinch of salt. Just a very small amount because the shio kombu will be the main flavor provider instead. Cook till aromatic but not burnt.

Add in tomatoes and stir once a while, cook for one minute. 

Cooking tomato and chopped garlic

Add in the shrimp and cook till just changed color. 

Cooking shrimp and tomato

Transfer cubed avocado and shio kombu and give it a quick stir-fry. It happens pretty fast here. Taste and see if it needs any more salt, adjust accordingly.

Cooking avocado and shio kombu

Plate and sprinkle some dried seaweed flakes on top. Best to consume immediately, and definitely not overnight because the taste of avocado can deteriorate soon after.

Avocado and shio kombu shrimp stir-fry

It's nice to get a sudden inspiration when dining out. It's also a fun process to me trying to recreate or modify the dishes to make it more family-friendly. How about you? Ever get the urge when seeing something at the restaurant and feel like you can totally do it at home?   

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