Avocado Lime Crema is a versatile and delectable condiment that combines the rich creaminess of avocados with the zesty freshness of limes. This flavorful fusion adds a burst of tangy, smooth, and velvety goodness to a wide array of dishes. Whether used as a dip, sauce or topping, this Mexican-style Crema elevates the taste of your favorite foods, while also offering a nutritious boost.
Use this avocado sauce on fish, fish tacos, or any Mexican dish! It’s a great twist on traditional guacamole.
What is Crema?
In the context of Mexican cuisine, “crema” refers to a dairy-based condiment that plays a pivotal role in enhancing the flavors and textures of various dishes. Unlike the heavy consistency of sour cream, Mexican crema possesses a lighter and smoother texture, making it an ideal accompaniment for a wide array of traditional dishes.
Mexican crema can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, or Mexican markets. This versatile condiment adds a delightful creamy element while also imparting a subtle tanginess that complements the bold and vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine.
How to Make Avocado Lime Crema
To create this tantalizing Avocado Lime Crema, gather the following ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand):
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 lime (juice and zest)
- 8-ounces Mexican Crema, sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- 1 clove garlic (minced), optional
Follow these simple steps to prepare the Avocado Lime Crema:
- Prepare the Avocados: Cut the ripe avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a food processor.
- Add Lime Zest and Juice: Zest the lime and add to the avocado along with the juice. Lime juice not only adds a zesty kick but also prevents the avocados from browning.
- Incorporate Mexican Crema, Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt: Add the sour cream or Greek yogurt to the avocado mixture. These dairy components enhance the creaminess and balance the flavors.
- Add Minced Garlic: Optional. Incorporate the minced garlic into the mixture for a subtle hint of savory complexity.
- Season: Sprinkle in salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. Remember, a little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and adjust as needed.
- Cilantro: For an extra burst of freshness, sprinkle in fresh cilantro.
- Spice: Add a touch of cayenne pepper, fresh jalapeño peppers, or Sriracha, for heat.
- Blend: Blend to achieve a smooth and consistent texture.
Uses for Avocado Lime Crema
If you have five minutes, you can simple turn five simple ingredients into this amazing Avocado Lime Crema. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in various ways to enhance a dish. You will want to put this easy-to-make sauce on everything! It’s a great replacement for guacamole. Here are a few great ways to serve this tangy condiment:
- Dip: Serve Avocado Lime Crema as a dip alongside tortilla chips, vegetable sticks, or pita bread. Its creamy texture and tangy flavor make it an irresistible appetizer.
- Taco Topper: Elevate your tacos, especially fish tacos, with a dollop of Avocado Lime Crema. Its cooling effect balances the spiciness of the filling, adding a delightful contrast.
- Sheet Pan Nachos: Spoon this delicious crema on a big plate of Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos or Fajitas.
- Bowl Enhancer: Drizzle the crema over grain bowls, salad bowls, or rice bowls. It brings a refreshing element to the dish, tying together different components with its velvety texture.
- Burger Sauce: Use the crema as a unique burger sauce. Its creamy richness adds a gourmet touch to your burgers.
- Seafood Companion: Pair Avocado Lime Crema with seafood dishes such as grilled fish or shrimp. The tanginess complements the natural flavors of the seafood. A perfect condiment on my Blackened Salmon Lettuce Wraps!
- Roasted Vegetable Dressing: Turn roasted vegetables into a culinary masterpiece by drizzling them with Avocado Lime Crema. The crema’s zesty profile enhances the vegetables’ earthy taste.
How to Store Avocado Crema
To ensure the freshness and quality of your Avocado Lime Crema, proper storage is crucial:
- Air-Tight Container: Transfer the crema into an air-tight container. This prevents air exposure, which can lead to oxidation and browning.
- Lime Juice Cover: If storing in a container, press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the crema before sealing the container. This minimizes contact with air, preserving its vibrant green color.
- Refrigeration: Place the container in the refrigerator. Avocado Lime Crema can last for up to 2-3 days when refrigerated properly.
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