Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise

I will be the first one to admit that I am not a huge sandwich person. Ryan loves them. He loves sub sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, meatloaf sandwiches, meatball sandwiches…I could go on and on. I on the other hand am not a huge fan. With that said, I will admit that after making and eating this sandwich I dreamed about it and craved it for the next few days. The spicy shrimp, the creamy chipotle avocado mayonnaise, the crunchy bread and crisp lettuce is enough to make anyone a sandwich fan.

Avocados alone are pretty creamy so I was a little hesitant to mix them with mayonnaise but seriously, the result was like avocado heaven. And when I decided to add some spicy chipotle peppers it was like laying on a sun soaked beach in that avocado heaven. I won’t lie, I may have eaten a spoonful. Hey, it was just a quality check. Yeah…that’s it.

Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise Recipe

Serves 2


  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp (about 20 shrimp) peeled and deveined
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 french rolls
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves



Combine cumin, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, chili powder and olive oil together in a bowl. Place shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat.


Combine avocado, mayonnaise, chipotle pepper, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.


Place shrimp in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes.


Toast rolls, if desired. Spread chipotle avocado mayonnaise on the roll. Place lettuce leaves on the bottom half of the roll and place 10 shrimp on each sandwich.





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    February 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Im making these tonight but instead of shrimp im using fish that i alredy had in freezer i just cut it into thin strips.cant wait to try them.

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    April 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    DELICIOUS! Can see myself using this flavour combo on chicken too. So so tasty.
    I used frozen prawns, but thawed them very quickly in a bowl of water before seasoning and such. Came together so quickly, and yet made for really quite a posh lunch. Cheers for the recipe!

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    February 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    OMG!! Seriously delicious! I will make these again!

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    This may qualify as a po’ boy vs just a sandwich…

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    January 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Have you ever used frozen shrimp to make this? Suggestions for cooking time? Maybe just marinate and lightly saute–think that would work? Looks amazing. And, I LOVE sandwiches! I even prefer my salad as a sandwich….

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      January 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Margot- I’ve used frozen shrimp before and it worked just fine. :)

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    January 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Had everything to make the Chipotle Avacado Mayo. Used it on grilled boneless chicken, peppered bacon, and the mayo. DEElicious!! I added a half teaspoon of the chipotle sauce for a little added kick!!

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    Kristi @cherryjasmine
    December 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Wow – we tried this today and it was DELICIOUS! We used more chipotle peppers – but they were small, and we like it extra spicy. Thanks for a great recipe! It made our weekend.

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    September 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I made this last night and realized last minute that I had forgotten the chipotle peppers. So instead I added more of all the seasoning to the may/avocado mix and a little bit of honey. It was delicious! I will def be making it that way again.

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    August 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I used to eat an avacado, shrimp, and jack cheese — since I’ve developed a dairy allergy this is a great recipe to get my kick of heat with shrimp and avacado – thanks!

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    March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I made these tonight for dinner, we just finished eating. They are absolutely FANTASTIC! Thanks for an easy, weeknight dinner, that even my kids loved.

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    February 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Made these for dinner last night – they are wonderful!

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    February 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I tried these tonight and I found the avo mayo combo to be amazing, but way too much for two sandwiches. I am on Weight Watchers and am always trying to bring the calorie count down on recipes. When I entered the original recipe it was 17 pts. After realizing that I only really wanted one tablespoon of the dressing on my sandwich, I got the point value down to 7. A very delicious and reasonable sammy! Thanks for a great sandwich idea!!!

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I made this last night; my husband and I LOVED it! I cut down on the lime to 1/2 and spiced up the shrimp just a little more but we will definitely make this again. Tried to Pin it but it wouldn’t let me :( Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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    January 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Making this for Superbowl Sunday. Can’t wait!!

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    January 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    does look fab’, especially the mayo. Reminds me of favorite appetizer we serve buffet style. Consider adding a teaspoon of honey. To intensify the flavor, refrigerate in bowl or bag up to 24 hours in advance.

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    January 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    What is the total fat content/saturated fat,and cholesterol count ? Thanks,Chris

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    November 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Deseree, great minds think alike! That’s so funny because I did serve them with Salt and Pepper Kettle chips along with some macaroni salad. Thanks for the suggestion. By they way, these were delicious, and my husband loved them too!!! I will definitely be making them again!!

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    October 25, 2011 at 8:06 am

    This sounds delicious!! I’m going to make it for dinner tonight, but I’m having a difficult time trying to decide what to serve with it. Any suggestions?? Thanks!!

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      October 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      This might be too late but I like to serve this with crispy kettle chips and corn for a quick weeknight dinner. Hope you enjoyed them!

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    September 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Came across this in a search on what to do with shrimp besides spaghetti.Good one and quick too had a 1 day old avocado and the blender ripened it Everyone was pleasantly surprised. Keep up the good work!

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    September 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Made this for dinner the other night. It was great. A nice change from the fried shrimp poboys. I love, love, LOVE the Chipotle Avocado mayo! I couldn’t stop eating it. It is really good as a dip for tortilla chips. Thanks!

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    June 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I made this last night and it turned out wonderful! My husband and I loved it!! We live in New Orleans and this reminded me of Shrimp Po Boys, but so far this has been one our favorite shrimp sandwiches! I recommend this to everyone. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    January 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    hey Des, I’d wandered over to the bread stick recipe, and forgot…, and left my comment there regarding the shrimp sandwich, oops….! :) ( Definitely, want to make those breadsticks, tho!) lol

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      January 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      oh no oops! Sorry to read that you’re shrimp tasted funny. That is never good. That has happened to me a couple of times before too. Did you buy fresh or frozen?

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    January 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks so much! Time to make dinner now :)

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    January 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Tiny, yes the chipotle pepper is canned and I should have been a little clearer about the lime. Yes it’s just the juice. I’ll make that correction now. Thank you!

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    January 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Is the chipotle pepper canned? and when you say a lime do you mean the whole thing (skin and all) or just the juice?

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    Hannah @ Bake 5
    December 31, 2010 at 1:52 am

    i saw this recipe somewhere else before. thanks for the reminder that i need to make these gorgeous subs!!

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    Jazz Rules
    September 24, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I devour lobster rolls, but never thought to put shrimp in a sandwich! There is nothing better than shellfish! You just ‘made a bingo’ with this one.

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    Matt Kay
    September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    This looks amazing. Your photo makes me want to bite right into it. It’s not helping that I’m about 30 minutes away from going for some lunch. :D

    I love that you put chipotle mayo on this. Great flavors!

    Matt Kay

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    September 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    This looks SO good! Can’t wait to try it out, I love hearty sandwiches!

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    September 22, 2010 at 3:34 am

    YUMness! Also not the world’s biggest sandwich fan, but this just might convert me.

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    September 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Love this! Reminds me of a po boy.

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    Chocolate Shavings
    September 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I love the idea of a shrimp sandwich !

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    September 21, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I am totally a sandwich person…this looks super tasty!

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    September 21, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Looks so good. I wouldn’t be able to eat the bread, but I would happily just eat the shrimp and the avocado mayo. And yeah, I would have done a quality check (or three) too!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    September 21, 2010 at 5:20 am

    oh my, this looks so good! I love the way you describe that dressing – incredible!

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    hannah (thepastrykook)
    September 21, 2010 at 1:15 am

    you, my friend, just made me a bigger sandwich fan. This looks phenomenal!

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    September 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

    this looks amazing! I will definitely be making these soon- Love your blog!

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    September 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I love chipotle!… but how much of avocado? 1 is ok?

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      September 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks everyone! Tamara- 1 avocado is enough. If you want it a little spicier add 2 chipotle peppers. Hope this helps!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    September 8, 2010 at 5:06 am

    The sandwich looks wonderful! I love the combination of chipotle and avocado, what a great idea!

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    September 7, 2010 at 7:01 am

    With a sandwich this beautiful I think you could make anyone into a sandwich fanatic. I love the flavor choices and we are fortunate in being able to find ripe avocados at Safeway every day (large Hispanic population in our neighborhood).

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    September 7, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Oops! Updated. Thanks Jason :)

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    September 7, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Where’s the chipotle peppers in the ingredient list?