Mayak Avocado - Korean Spicy Garlic Avocado


Mayak Avocado is a delectable Korean dish known for its irresistibly flavorful marinade and creamy avocado texture. This version incorporates additional vegetables and a balanced, tangy marinade, making it a versatile and nutritious dish that you can enjoy as a side, topping, or snack.

About Mayak Avocado

Mayak Avocado, Marinated Avocado Recipe! The name "Mayak" means "drug" in Korean, suggesting that this dish is so tasty it can become addictive. This recipe features firm but ripe avocado chunks marinated in a savory, slightly sweet, and tangy soy-based sauce. 

The marinade is made with soy sauce, garlic, red Thai chili or Fresno pepper, green onions, freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, agave nectar, and a pinch of black pepper. Sesame seeds and optional vegetables like cucumber or cherry tomatoes add texture and freshness. 

The avocados absorb the rich marinade, resulting in a harmonious blend of creamy, spicy, savory, and tangy flavors. This versatile dish can be served as a side, over rice, or as a refreshing snack, offering a nutritious and flavorful addition to any meal.

Why You'll Love This Recipe?


Mayak Avocado is a quick and easy dish that delivers a punch of flavor in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy days. The creamy texture of ripe avocados absorbs the rich, savory, and slightly sweet marinade beautifully, creating a harmonious blend of umami and heat. Packed with healthy fats, fiber, and essential vitamins, this dish is not only delicious but also highly nutritious. Its versatility allows you to enjoy it as a side dish, over rice, or as a refreshing snack, making it a delightful addition to any meal.

Key Ingredients

Avocado: The creamy, firm texture of avocados absorbs the flavorful marinade beautifully.
Garlic and Green Onions: These aromatics provide a robust base flavor.
Soy Sauce and Agave Nectar: These add a savory depth and a touch of sweetness to the marinade.
Red Thai Chili or Fresno Pepper: Brings the heat, balanced by the sweetness and acidity of lemon juice.
Sesame Seeds: Adds a nutty, crunchy finish.

Serving Suggestions


As a Main Dish: Serve with steamed rice for a simple yet satisfying meal.
As a Side Dish: Pair with other Korean dishes like bulgogi, kimchi, or bibimbap.
As a Snack: Enjoy on its own as a refreshing and flavorful snack.

Mayak Avocado - Korean Spicy Garlic Avocado

5 from 8 votes
Servings3

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 to 8 red Thai chilies, 1 red Fresno chili, or 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 6 to 8 green onions, finely sliced
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon (approximately 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons of agave syrup or your preferred sweetener
  • A pinch of ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of toasted sesame seeds
  • 8 firm yet ripe avocados, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 to 6 ounces of diced cucumber or halved cherry tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped garlic, red Thai chilies (or Fresno chili or bell pepper), and green onions.
  2. Add the lemon juice, soy sauce, water, and agave syrup (or your preferred sweetener) to the bowl. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Season with a pinch of ground black pepper.
  4. Peel the avocados and cut them into large chunks. Be sure they are firm yet ripe for the best texture.
  5. Gently fold the avocado chunks into the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated.
  6. Add the diced cucumber or halved cherry tomatoes (if using) to the bowl and mix gently to combine.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and the avocado to absorb the marinade.
  8. Before serving, sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the marinated avocado mixture.
  9. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with additional sliced green onions or cilantro if desired. ENJOY
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