Chinese Prawn Toast Recipe

Chinese prawn toast, or Chinese shrimp toast, is very popular and makes a tasty hot starter. You don’t have to serve Chinese food as the main course since this Chinese prawn toast recipe goes nicely as an appetizer before a Thai main course, Indian main course or anything else you like.

How Does a Chinese Prawn Toast Recipe Taste?

These little appetizers often have sesame seeds on but that is not essential. The toasts should be crispy without being burned, and taste fishy without being too fishy. Prawn toasts usually feature on Chinese restaurant menus because their wonderful crunch makes them very appetizing.

Armed with this Chinese prawn toast recipe you can make your own prawn toast. It goes without saying these would be the perfect starter recipe before a Chinese main course. Everyone will think they are in a wonderful Chinese restaurant when you bring hot prawn toast to the table. If you have had a Chinese prawn toast recipe in a Chinese restaurant you might not have had them made really fresh, especially if you ate at a buffet place where they might have been sitting under the heater for hours. Make these and you will taste them the very best way.

Prawn Toast Starter
Sesame prawn toast is a fantastic idea for an appetizer and this combines crunch with succulent seafood, and this recipe also includes water chestnuts and green onion. These are really more-ish too.
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Starter
Serves: 32
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  • 8 slices white bread, no crusts
  • Water
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 or 3 water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 green onion (spring onion), finely chopped
  • 340g (3/4 lb) small fresh prawns, shelled, deveined and chopped
  • Salt and white pepper
  • Few drops sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 500ml to 1 litre (1 to 2 pints) oil for deep frying
  1. Cut each slice of bread into 4 squares so you have 32 squares total.
  2. Combine the onion, diced water chestnuts and prawns and mince until fine.
  3. Add the cornstarch, spring onion, pepper, egg and sesame oil and mix well.
  4. Place a heaped teaspoon of this mixture on each bread square.
  5. Heat a wok and add the oil.
  6. Heat the oil to 190 degrees C and slide the bread squares carefully into the wok, a few at a time, prawn side down.
  7. Deep fry until golden (a couple of minutes) then turn and deep fry the other side.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Crunchy prawn toast is a typical Chinese dish. Bread can be filling, especially when deep-fried, so limit each person to just a couple of these, and maybe serve one per person with another kind of dim sum starter recipe like wontons or dumplings. Making prawn toast is very easy and it is simple to prepare at home, as you can see from our Chinese prawn toast recipe. Serve this tasty and authentic Chinese snack and watch your dinner guests’ faces light up as their taste buds begin to sing.

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