How To Make Sesame Prawn Toast At Home
Sesame prawn toast is a UK Chinese takeaway favourite that’s so easy to make at home. Dip in sweet and sour sauce for the best starter ever.
If you love Chinese takeaway, then you’re going to love this prawn toast recipe! It’s packed full of prawns, flavour and it’s definitely not greasy. Slices of white bread are covered with a blitzed prawn mixture, topped with sesame seeds and fried till beautifully golden.
They taste just as good as the takeaway but they’re even better! The prawn toasts are crispy, addictive and tastes so good. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover prawns or slices of bread.
Can You Bake Prawn Toast In The oven?
Prawn toast are best fried, but you can follow this recipe and bake them in the oven. They won’t be as good baked, because they’re not as crispy and you won’t get the same crunch. But they’ll definitely be healthier!
If you want to bake the prawn toast, preheat your oven to 240°C (gas mark 9, 475°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the prawn toast on a baking tray (prawn side up) then spray or brush some oil over the toast. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until crispy and golden. Turn over halfway.
What Is Chinese Prawn Toast Made Off?
If you’re wondering what prawn toast is made off, it’s a Chinese takeaway starter made from sliced bread. It’s then coated with a seasoned prawn mixture, topped with sesame seeds and fried until golden.
If you haven’t tried this before, then you’re in for a fakeaway treat!
Prawn Toast Recipe Ingredients
Below are the ingredients needed for this Chinese takeaway prawn toast recipe:
- Raw Prawns: Use fresh raw prawns. Make sure you either buy them deshelled and deveined or you prep this yourself prior to making this dish.
- Egg White: This helps to bind the ingredients together.
- Spring Onions: Chopped, the spring onions add flavour to this dish.
- Seasonings and Sauce Ingredients: A mixture of cornflour, sesame oil, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, garlic cloves and sugar are used to flavour this recipe.
- Thick White Bread: It’s best to use thick white bread, avoid using thin types of bread as it will make the prawn toasts really soggy.
- Sesame Seeds: Used to coat the prawn toast.
- Vegetable Oil: The amount of oil you use will depend on the size of wok or pan you are using. Fill the pan at least 3cm full.
How To Make Prawn Toast At Home
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make sesame prawn toast Chinese takeaway style. Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card.
Place the prawns, egg white, chopped spring onions, cornflour, sesame oil, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, garlic cloves and sugar into a blender or food processor and blitz together until a paste has formed.
Spread the prawn paste mixture up to the edges and equally over the 4 slices of bread.
Place the bread (prawn side down) into a plate or bowl of sesame seeds and gently press down, the sesame seeds will stick to the prawn mixture.
Heat oil on a medium heat and place the bread (prawn side down) into the oil, fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until the sesame seeds are golden. A temperature of around 180°C is perfect.
Place the fried prawn toast on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil. Then cut the prawn toast into four triangles and enjoy.
What To Serve With Sesame Prawn Toast?
Sesame prawn toast taste so good, I usually eat them by themselves. But you can also serve prawn toast with these recipes below:
- King Prawn Fried Rice, the ultimate tasty dish ready in 15 minutes.
- Yaki Udon With Shrimp, a prawn noodle dish full of so much flavour.
- King Prawn Chow Mein, a fakeaway chow mein noodle dish with prawns.
- Homemade Dirty Fries, chips with all the trimmings!!
- Chicken Chow Mein, a fakeaway chow mein noodle dish with chicken.
- Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup, a creamy soup that’s full of flavour.
- Vegetable Spring Rolls & Prawn Spring Rolls, make a trio of popular sides!
My Top Tips
When spreading the prawn toast mixture over the slices of bread. Make sure to spread the mixture evenly before coating it in sesame seeds. This will help the prawn toast cook evenly throughout and prevent raw areas.
When frying, place one slice of bread at a time. If you add too many slices of bread, the oil temperature will drop and you’ll get really soggy and greasy prawn toasts.
Cutting the prawn toasts into triangles after they have been fried is easier, quicker and less fiddly. However, if you want to cut the bread before frying it, make sure to slice the bread into 4 triangles before starting this recipe.
How Hot Does The Oil Need To Be?
Getting the oil temperature to 180°C is the perfect heat for making prawn toast. If the oil is too low, then the prawn toast will get really soggy and oily. But if the oil is too hot, then the prawn toast will brown really quickly and will not cook throughout.
Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature. If the prawn toast is cooking too quickly, then lower the temperature. If it’s taking too long, then increase the heat. You could also use a temperature probe to help keep the temperature level constant.
I like to place a chopstick into the oil, if I see lots of bubbles appearing then the oil is hot enough. You can also place a piece of bread into the oil, if lots of bubbles appear then the oil is also ready.
Can I Freeze Prawn Toast?
Yes, you can freeze prawn toast!
To freeze, allow the prawn toast to cool down before placing in a freezer bag or an airtight container. Place in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, allow the prawn toast to defrost before baking in the oven for around 12 minutes at 180°C.
Can You Make Prawn Toast With Cooked Prawns?
I do not recommend using cooked prawns to make prawn toast. Though technically this can be done, raw prawns are best to use as you’ll create a smooth paste and it tastes a lot better.
More Chinese Takeaway Recipes
- Sweet And Sour Chicken
- Chinese Chicken And Mushroom
- Crispy Salt And Chilli Chicken
- Sweet And Sour Chicken Balls
- Sweet And Sour Prawn Balls
- Salt And Pepper Chips
- Crispy Beef
- Crispy Chilli Chicken
Sesame Prawn Toast Recipe
- 200 g Raw Prawns (Deshelled And Deveined)
- 4 Slices Thick White Bread
- 80 g Sesame Seeds
- 1 Egg White
- 2 Spring Onions Chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tbsp Cornflour
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Light Soy Sauce
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp White Pepper
- ½ tsp Sugar
- Vegetable Oil At Least 3cm Full
- Place the prawns, egg white, chopped spring onions, cornflour, sesame oil, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, garlic cloves and sugar into a blender or food processor and blitz together until a paste has formed.
- Spread the prawn paste mixture up to the edges and equally over the 4 slices of bread.
- Place the bread (prawn side down) into a plate or bowl of sesame seeds and gently press down, the sesame seeds will stick to the prawn mixture.
- Heat oil on a medium heat and place the bread (prawn side down) into the oil, fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until the sesame seeds are golden. A temperature of around 180°C is perfect.
- Place the fried prawn toast on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil. Then cut the prawn toast into four triangles and enjoy. They taste great served with sweet and sour dipping sauce.
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