Sesame Prawn Toast is a perfect combination of crispy bread, seasoned prawn fillings and sesame seeds. A very popular classic appetizer that all kids and adults loves. In this recipe you will learn how to make perfect crispy sesame prawn toast at home with simple instructions.
Sesame prawn toast is a Chinese dim sum dish also known as ' Shrimp Toast ' in USA. Originated in China but every Chinese restaurant across the world has this dish on their menu. These crispy bites are super addictive and utterly simple. You can make them for your parties or gatherings and impress your guests.
When you order from the takeaway, sometimes it can be too greasy and you get only the taste of bread and sesame seeds. Prawn fillings can be found nowhere. That's the reason I tried to make it at home and after trying these crispy bites at home, I never order from the shop again.
How to Make It :
To make a crispy prawn toast, you need only 3 simple steps to make.
- Make prawn fillings: In a food processor, add the prawns, spring onions and seasonings then whip it into a paste.
Tips: Use peeled and deveined prawns and pat dry them with a paper towel. If you use frozen prawns, make sure to defrost them prior to overnight or at least 8 hours.
- Prepare the toast: Cut the bread into triangle shapes or you can cut it into your desire shapes or sizes. Topped with the prawn fillings. Dip it into the sesame seeds, fillings side down.
Tips: Use medium-thick bread to make the prawn toast. Dry stale bread, baguette are ideal to make prawn toast as they don't absorb the oil much. That is one of the secrets to achieving the super crispy, airy, non-greasy prawn toast.
- Frying: Use neutral flavoured oil to fry the prawn toast, sunflower, peanut, canola, vegetable oil, etc. It's important to fry with medium heat, about 320° F to prevent from getting burnt quickly. You can either check the oil temperature with a food thermometer, wooden chopstick or with small bread pieces, once the oil bubbles sizzle steadily it's ready to fry. Fry the filling side down until crispy, then flip gently and fry the other side until golden brown.
Can you bake them?
Yes, you can bake in an oven or in an air fryer. Place the toast filling side up on the baking tray. Spray or brush a bit of oil on the toast and bake in 400 F preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Turn sides in halfway and bake until crispy golden brown.
I usually love to serve with my homemade spicy mayo dipping sauce. To make a spicy mayo dipping you need regular mayonnaise, chilli sauce, lime juice and chilli flakes or Japanese shichimi chilli. Whip all together in a sauce bowl and ready to serve!
Or you can serve with your favourite sweet chilli sauce, hot chilli sauce. Serve with ketcup or regular mayonese for small kids who can't eat chilli.
Can you make it with chicken?
Store-bought chicken mince can be used to create a super quick crispy sesame chicken toast, or you can blend the small chop chicken pieces in the food processor. Seasonings and cooking process can be done exactly the same with prawn toast. But don't let your creativity stop, you can also make Thai style spicy chicken toast by adding extra fresh chillies, fish sauce, and chopped coriander in the meat mixture, deep fry until crispy golden brown and serve with Thai sweet chilli sauce.
Here is more of our family's favourite Chinese recipes you might like :
- Sweet and Sour Prawn ( Crispy prawns tossed in sweet and tangy sauce )
- Honey Lemon Chicken ( Super quick Chinese lemon chicken )
- Chow Fun ( Dinner ready in 20 minutes )
- Salt and Chilli Chicken ( Salt and pepper chicken with a twist! )
- Beef and Broccoli ( Classic Chinese beef stir fry with broccoli )
Sesame Prawn Toast
- ½ cup Sesame seeds
- Oil for frying ( vegetable, canola, sunflower, peanut or any neutral flavoured vegetable oil )
- 7 oz (200g) Prawns ( Peeled and deveined )
- 4-5 white bread
- 1 Egg white
- 2 Spring Onions
- 1 tsp Garlic paste ( grated )
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Corn flour (starch)
- ¼ tsp White pepper
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Light soy sauce
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Chilli sauce ( hot or mild )
- ¼ tsp Chilli flakes or Japanese Shichimi chilli (Optional)
- 1 tsp Lime juice
- To make the prawn fillings, add the prawns, egg white, spring onions, garlic and seasoning ingredients in the food processor. Blend it to smooth paste.
- Place the sesame seeds in the plate and set aside.
- Cut the bread crust out and cut the bread into triangle shapes.
- Place about 1 tablespoon size fillings on the bread, spread the fillings evenly on the bread by using a butter knife.
- Dip the filling side down in the sesame seeds until the fillings are coated with sesame seeds evenly. Repeat process to remaining bread slices and set aside. Gently toss the excess seeds out before frying.
- Heat the oil into medium heat about 320°F, test with wooden chopstick or a piece of bread, one the oil bubbles start sizzling steadily its ready to fry.
- Fry the filling side down until crispy and turn sides and fry until golden brown.
- Remove from pan and place it on the paper towel to soak the excess oil.
- Garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve immediately with spicy mayo, sweet chilli sauce or any of your favourite dipping sauce.
- To make a spicy mayo mix the mayonnaise, chilli sauce, chilli flakes and lime juice in a small bowl.