10-Minute Lemon-Zested Shrimp on Avocado Toast

Shrimp Topped Avocado Toast
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD
Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Servings: 2 (1 toast each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

177 calories
9g fat
21g carbs
8g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 (1 toast each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 329mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

A healthy dinner doesn't take long to prepare. Some days, it can be a matter of throwing together a few pantry and fridge staples for a quick but elegant meal. In this recipe, these staples offer creamy heart-healthy fats, filling fiber, and flavorful protein.

You can enjoy creamy foods even if you experience heartburn. Avocados, for example, make for a good stand-in for spreads and sauces. The key is portion control.

The shrimp are seasoned with lemon zest. While citrus-rich lemon juice may trigger reflux, the zest likely won't, so you can use it to achieve a similar flavor profile.


  • 8 medium shrimp (or 10 small shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 medium avocado, mashed
  • pinch of salt (less than 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 mango, thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine the shrimp with the olive oil, lemon zest, cumin, and optional cilantro.

  2. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat and add the shrimp. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway.

  3. While the shrimp is cooking, toast the whole wheat bread slices and mash the avocado together with the salt.

  4. Spread the avocado mash over the toasted bread and top with mango slices, then shrimp.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

You can opt for a protein source other than shrimp. Low sodium turkey or chicken deli slices would pair well with the avocado and mango are even quicker!

Cooking and Serving Tips

If this meal is on the lighter side for you, round it out with a side salad. However, keep in mind that smaller portions can help prevent heartburn. Lighter meals that are rich in fiber and protein may help reduce your overall calorie intake, thus helping with weight loss. Being at a healthy weight takes the pressure off your stomach, which research has shown can help ease symptoms of acid reflux.

If you have cilantro handy you can easily incorporate it into this dish, but you might not want to buy a whole bunch just for this meal, especially if you know you won't be using it later. If you do use cilantro, keep the rest of the bunch in the fridge, in a plastic bag with the ends wrapped in a wet paper towel or dipped in a jar of water. Alternatively, you can chop it up and store it in the freezer.

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