Easy sesame prawn toast recipe

Rating: 5.00
4 March 2021

This sesame prawn toast recipe is so so easy. I promise. And tastes so much better than the takeaway. Every time I’ve had sesame prawn toast (or sesame shrimp toast in the US) from the Chinese, it’s always greasy and rather lacking in prawns… which should be the star ingredient. 

Sesame prawn toast doesn’t have to be greasy and overly salty. Sure, they aren’t the healthiest option, but who doesn’t want to have a treat now and then?

You can make these other Chinese treats including dumplings, fried chicken wings and prawn noodles.

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This really is easy sesame prawn on toast

I like to use the old-school method of using a cleaver to dice up the prawns – sometimes I even add the ginger and garlic and mix it all up together on the chopping board – this is the way my parents do it. There’s something quite therapeutic about chopping this way but it can take a little longer. If you don’t have a huge cleaver, then you can pop the prawns, garlic, ginger, egg white, and soy into a food processor and blitz. It will take just a few minutes this way.

Once the mixture has been spread onto each piece of bread, they need to be shallow-fried in hot vegetable oil until golden. Once fried, place them on some kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil. Then cut them into four small triangles and serve.

How hot does the oil need to be for this prawn toast recipe?

The easiest way to test the heat of the oil to fry the prawn toast is to use a thermometer. You need the oil to be at 180c (350F). They won’t need long at all before they’re cooked. Around 2 minutes on both sides. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil and if you see lots of bubbles around the wood begin floating up, the oil is hot enough for you to start frying the prawn toast. 

How do I serve sesame prawn toast?

You can serve sesame prawn toast with anything you like – soy sauce, chilli sauce, sweet chilli sauce or just scoff them as they are. You will love them!

Can you freeze these prawn toast?

Absolutely, if you want to batch cook them ahead of time, then once the prawn toast has been fried and cooled, put them in suitable containers and you can freeze them for up to three months. When you want to eat them, make sure to defrost them a few hours before cooking – then place them to reheat in the oven at around 180c for 10-12 minutes. 

Got an air fryer? Why not try my air fryer prawn toast instead?
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Super easy sesame prawn toast

5 from 14 votes
These sesame prawn toasts are tasty and crispy and so much nicer than those from the takeaway. Serve these as an appetizer or as part of a main meal.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 300 g prawns peeled and cleaned
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 50 g sesame seeds
  • vegetable oil for shallow frying


  • Using a large knife or meat cleaver, finely chop the prawns until it resembles a paste.
  • Put the chopped prawns into a bowl, then add the ginger, egg white, garlic, sugar and soy and mix well.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Take each piece of bread, and spread the prawn mixture on top and make sure you cover the bread right up to the edges.
  • Place the sesame seeds on a large plate. Carefully, take the bread and dip it prawn side down on to the sesame seeds – the sesame seeds will stick to the prawns.
  • Heat around 3 inches of vegetable in a large wok or pan until it reaches a temperature of 170c-180c. I prefer to cook each piece of bread one at a time. Shallow fry the bread on each side for around 1-2 minutes until the sesame seeds are golden.
  • Cut each piece into four triangles and serve with soy sauce or chilli sauce.



Calories: 360kcal
Calories: 360kcal
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese, Quick & Easy

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  1. 5 stars
    Cannot believe how easy these are – always assumed it would be way too complicated to make at home but this recipe is brilliant!

  2. 5 stars

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