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Sesame Prawn Toast Recipe

Crispy triangles of bread topped with a prawn mixture, coated in sesame seeds and then fried until golden.

Sesame Prawn Toast with sweet chilli sauce
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Sesame prawn toasts, known as shrimp toast if you're in the US are quick and easy to make - under 20 minutes from start to finish! 

Ingredients in Sesame Prawn Toasts

vegetable oil

ready sliced white bread 

un-toasted sesame seeds

water chestnuts

king prawns 

white pepper

egg white 

spring onions - scallions

fresh ginger

light soy sauce

sesame oil

mirin (sweetened rice wine)

Find out how to devein prawns

Can these be baked in the oven?

You can, but they really won't be as good. Frying the prawn toast ensures a lovely golden crunch.

For those that are a little more health-conscious, if you did want to bake them, make up the prawn toast and brush the bottom bread side with a little oil. 

Pop them onto a non-stick baking tray and bake at 240°C/475°F for 10 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.

Recommended equipment

Small food processor 

Large frying pan

How to Make Sesame Prawn Toast

Get the bread out of the packet and leave unwrapped to dry it out a bit - 10 minutes should do the trick.

Either very finely chop everything, or put the lot into a small food processor and whizz it up - far quicker and easier!

Remove the crusts from the bread and cut them into triangles - no need to remove the crusts.

Sesame Prawn Toast Mixture

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 a 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.

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

Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and serve straight away with sweet chilli dipping sauce, or sweet and sour sauce.

Sesame Prawn Toast

Serve Prawn Toasts as a side (dim sum) with  dishes such as:

Sesame Prawn Toast

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