Sesame Prawns Toast

Since “love” is in the air with Valentines day, were you expecting a dessert recipe this week? Actually I also wanted to post a dessert recipe, in fact a no bake dessert recipe, but sadly it didn’t work out. I was running around like a headless chicken for the past one month, so many things had to be finished before our India trip. To top it off, we both had a bad flu, so dessert didnt fit into our scene.

Anyways, I’m happy to share this recipe with you. I’ve posted a similar recipe earlier, but this one is better! Whenever we eat  in an Asian restaurant we order a deep fried prawns / shrimp appetiser without fail. It can be Prawns Tempura, Prawns Balls or this Sesame Prawns Toast.

The combination of the minced prawns with spices and bread works well. The addition of sesame seeds gives a mild nutty taste along with extra crunchiness. This toast tastes great with sweet chilli sauce. Ok, there is one thing that I dont like much about this recipe and I dont want to lie to you about it. It’s oily :(( Irrespective of the place I had it from, this dish always left it’s greasy mark on my hands. It was the same when I made it at home also, a bit better compared to restaurants but my hands were greasy!!

Apart from the greasy part, I’d say it’s a must try recipe if you like prawns and this kind of cuisine. It’s a great appetiser to entertain. Also it’s easy to make.

Coming back to Valentines day, Please check out the below links if you are keen on making it a “sweet affair” ;)

Wish you a happy valentines day with your loved ones!!



So here you go with the step by step pictures…

Combine prawns, egg white, minced garlic, chopped spring onion, pepper powder, soya sauce, cornflour and salt. Blend this in a food processor till it becomes a paste…


Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles. Spread the paste on 1 side of the bread & try & press down as much as possible. Sprinkle on sesame seeds on top of the paste…


Heat oil in a deep and wide pan, till hot but not smoking, place your toasts (paste side down) into the oil & fry for approx 30-50 seconds each side or as desired…

Recipe adapted from here.

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Sesame Prawns Toast

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Servings: 6
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cleaned prawns
  • 1 tsp Minced/grated garlic
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/4 cup Chopped spring onion
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1-2 tbsp Sesame seeds (I used white sesame seeds)
  • 4-6 Bread slices (I used regular white bread)
  • Salt
  • Oil (for deep frying)

Instructions

  • Combine prawns, egg white, minced garlic, chopped spring onion, pepper powder, soya sauce, cornflour and salt. Blend this in a food processor till it becomes a paste (refer notes).
  • Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles. Spread the paste on 1 side of the bread & try & press down as much as possible. Sprinkle on sesame seeds on top of the paste.
  • Heat oil in a deep and wide pan, till hot but not smoking, place your toasts (paste side down) into the oil & fry for approx 30-50 seconds each side or as desired.
  • Serve hot with sweet chilli sauce.

Notes

If the shrimp paste becomes too watery or loose add a bit more cornflour and blend for a few seconds.
You can remove the crust of the bread if you wish, I kept the crust. If you like sesame flavour you can cover the paste with a layer of sesame seeds. I tried both ways with a thick layer of sesame and one with a little sesame, we preferred the second batch to the first one.
Though I didnt try shallow frying, I guess you can do that. Be careful while adding salt since soya sauce is also used.
I think you can make the shrimp paste one day in advance and store it in fridge.
The frying part is a bit tricky. You’ve to be careful about the oil temperature. Since the prawns isn’t cooked, you need it to be cooked completely but at the same time you dont want to burn the bread. Once the oil is hot enough, bring down the flame to low and fry.
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