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Sesame Prawn Toasts - nice and easy to make

It will soon be Chinese New Year and everyone likes sesame prawn toasts! This year, 2011, by the way, it's the year of the Rabbit.

Sesame Prawn Toasts

Way better than any of those pre-made supermarket ones you can get and really easy to do too.

Yield: 8

Sesame Prawn Toasts

I didn't deep fry my prawn toasts instead I popped them onto a baking tray and put into a preheated oven for the five or so minutes it took me to make a stir fry. Far too much trickery involved trying to fry prawn toast and do a stir fry at the same time for my liking!

Preheat your oven to 170C /325F or Gas 3


2 slices of ready sliced white bread
a good handful of un-toasted sesame seeds
vegetable or groundnut oil for frying

For the prawn mixture:
25g water chestnuts from a tin
140g uncooked prawns - peeled and finely chopped
a small pinch of salt
a good pinch of white pepper
1 medium egg – white only
2 spring onions - finely chopped white part only
a small knob of ginger – peeled and finely chopped to make about a teaspoon
1 teaspoon of light soy sauce
just ½ a teaspoon of sesame oil
½ a teaspoon of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of Mirin (sweetened rice wine)
A good tablespoon of cornflour (known as cornstarch in the US)


Get the bread out of the packet and leave unwrapped to dry it out a bit.  You’ll find it will do so quite quickly so just get it out before you begin.

Very finely chop the water chestnuts and put them in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients for the prawn mixture.  Give it all a good mix with a fork and add a little more cornflour if needed.

Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rectangles. Spread the prawn paste mixture onto the pieces of bread. You want it about 5 mm thick.  Sprinkle the toasts with the sesame seeds.

Heat enough vegetable oil in large frying pan to shallow fry the toasts.  If you’re doubling this recipe then you’re probably best to use a deep-fat fryer.

I used a frying pan as it really isn’t worth messing up a load of oil for a few toasts.

Fry four prawn toasts at a time, paste-side down, for 2 to 3 minutes.  Carefully turn them over and fry for another minute of so until they are golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper. 
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  1. These look fantastic. I'm new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  2. i would love to bite into this crunch sandwich !!
    Cheers from France !!!
    Pierre de Paris


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