Can you boil avocado? (3 Other Methods)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you boil avocado? We will discuss the consequences of boiling avocado and the conventional methods used to cook the avocado including baking, frying, and microwaving. 

Can you boil avocado?

You can boil avocado. However, you run the risk of turning the avocado mushy and bitter if you boil it. Hence, it is in your best interest to resort to a different method of cooking the avocado such as baking, frying, or microwaving.

Should you refrain from boiling your avocado?

As delicious and creamy avocados seem to be, cooking them tends to have the opposite effect. Avocados are served either cool or warm; heating them is out of the question. Hot avocados are not preferred and taste like hot applesauce when they are cooked. 

If you try or eat a hot avocado, you will develop a disliking for it, hence the best way to serve would be to peel, and mash the avocado and add it to your dish after the rest of it has been cooked.

When should you boil the avocado?

Boiling the avocado is a good way to prevent them from becoming brown. A method called blanching requires boiling the avocado for less than a minute to help prevent the browning mechanism.

Avocados are one of those fruits which become brown instantaneously after they are peeled or cut. An enzyme called polyphenol oxidase causes a chemical reaction on exposure to air, turning the subject to a brown color. By exposing avocado to the heated water for a few seconds, you denature the enzyme and prevent the reaction.

To blanch the avocado, follow the instructions given below;

  1. Take a pan and fill it with water.
  2. Put the water on the stove and bring it to a rapid boil.
  3. Create an ice water bath by adding some ice cubes and keeping it at hand to cool the avocado immediately after boiling.
  4. Immerse a ripe avocado inside the boiling water and set your timer to ten seconds. Do not let the avocado sit in boiling water for more than 10 seconds, otherwise, the avocado will start to cook.
  5. Take the avocado out of the boiling hot water carefully using a slotted spoon and put it in the ice water.
  6. Make sure that the avocado is fully immersed in the ice water to make sure that it stays entirely uncooked.
  7. Repeat the process over for other avocados, making sure to keep the boiling time short and immediately immersing in cold water.

Blanching the avocados would prevent them from browning for up to 6 hours. 

How to cook avocado?

While avocados can be eaten raw, they can be cooked to soften them if they are too unripe to eat. Boiling is usually not a viable option to cook the avocado but there are other methods to help you to tenderize the avocado. To cook avocado, you can either bake, microwave, or fry the avocado.

Cooking helps to make an unripe avocado edible by making it softer and less bitter. Let us discuss the cooking techniques to make the unripe and hard avocado soft and edible.

  1. Bake

To bake the avocado in a convection oven, start by preheating the oven at 300 Fahrenheit. Cut the avocado pieces into quarters after removing the skin. 

Place the avocado in a baking dish and season with lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper. Bake for around 10 minutes.

  1. Fry

Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Separate the flesh and transfer it to a bowl. Mash the avocado for around a minute, letting it retain some of its stiffness. Take a saute pan and pour in some olive oil. Let the oil heat while you season the avocado with salt and pepper.

Take the mashed avocado and make a patty that is an inch thick. Fry the avocado in the pan for three or four minutes until it takes on a golden color. 

  1. Microwave

Chop the avocado up into four pieces. Then arrange them in a microwave-safe dish. Season the avocado with salt, pepper, and anything else you prefer. 

Wrap the dish with plastic and poke holes into it. 

Let the avocado microwave on a medium setting for two minutes. Remove the plastic wrap ad let the avocado cool.

Can you boil an avocado pit?

You can grate the avocado pit and put it in boiling water. The avocado pit is used topically to benefit from healing properties and treat sores, hair, and face troubles.

The avocado pit is even used to make natural hair dye and face masks.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you boil avocado? We discussed the consequences of boiling avocado and the conventional method used to cook the avocado including baking, frying, and microwaving. 

Citations

https://www.thespruceeats.com/stop-an-avocado-going-brown-435127
https://www.livestrong.com/article/504924-how-to-cook-an-unripe-avocado/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.