Gluten-free Shrimp Appetizer Recipe - Mexican Style

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5 from 2 reviews

Delicious sweet prawns on a bed of avocado, mango salsa, and crispy tortilla chips. Perfect gluten-free appetizer for Christmas or any other party. 


  • 12 good quality fresh cooked prawns (shrimps), halved lengthways, you will have 24 half-prawns.
  • 4 small Mexican corn tortillas, cut into 6 wedges each 

a graphic how to cut tortilla into 6 wedges

  • 1 ripe avocado, stoned and mashed. 
  • Juice of one small lime
  • 1 large ripe mango, stoned, peeled, and finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, very finely chopped. (Leave the onion out if you are sensitive to onions or have IBS)
  • 1 grapefruit (3 tbsp of freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 orange (3 tbsp of freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 lime (and freshly squeezed juice once again ;))
  • Red chili and fresh coriander leaves to garnish


  • Peel the prawns and cut each lengthwise, refrigerate.
  • Preheat the oven to 200'C (400'F)
  • Cut the small corn tortillas into 6 wedges

a graphic how to cut tortilla into 6 wedges

  • Arrange them on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes, until they are crisp. Take the tray out and set it aside to cool. 

nacho chips on a baking tray

  • Place peeled avocado into a mixing bowl, add freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime and using a fork, mash the avocado until it is nice and smooth.

Mango salsa:

  • Peel the mango and dice it into little cubes.
  • Add finely diced onions, if using.
  • Combine mango and onions along with freshly squeezed lime, orange, and grapefruit juice.
  • Set aside or refrigerate if not used immediately.

mango salsa in a glass bowl


  • Place some mashed avocado on each nacho, followed by mango salsa, prawn, coriander, and chili.

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Keywords: gluten-free appetizer, prawn starter, shrimp appetizer, Christmas appetizer, prawn