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Spicy Prawn Toast (with Everything Bagel Seasoning!)

This Spicy Prawn Toast is quick and easy to make, incredibly tasty and addictive, and great for game day or as a party appetizer. They’re taken up a level and sprinkled with Everything Bagel Seasoning instead of plain sesame seeds, then fried to golden and crunchy perfection and served with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce!

Close up of Spicy Prawn Toast triangles with Everything Bagel Seasoning on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander.

Raise your hand if you love prawn toast? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

Growing up and as a kid, I’ve always enjoyed prawn (or shrimp) toasts in Chinese and Cantonese restaurants. They always were and still are a must order item for my family, and they ALWAYS disappear FAST from the table!

The other day, I had a massive craving for some prawn toasts. But I couldn’t go out for some because I recently sprained my foot and can’t really walk much at present. 🙄

But I knew all too well that all hell would break loose if I didn’t satisfy my craving. So I limped over to my kitchen and made this super tasty Spicy Prawn Toast!

They’re extremely easy to make (I made them standing on one foot, so trust me when I say EASY!), and they’re taken up a notch since I sprinkle them with Everything Bagel Seasoning instead of the typical plain white sesame seeds! They’re also a wee bit spicy (but you can make them mild too), which for me means these are the BEST prawn toasts ever!

They have a lovely golden crunchy texture and exterior, and juicy, fragrantly sweet and spicy interior. ❤️ These babies are guaranteed to please any crowd, and I’m sure you and your family are going to love them too!

Let’s jump in and make some Spicy Prawn Toast! 🤗

Prawn Toast triangles on a long white plate garnished with chopped coriander and served with a small bowl of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side.

INGREDIENTS

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious spicy prawn toast:

  • Black Tiger Prawns: I use pre-peeled and deveined prawns to save time. If you need to shell your prawns, you’ll need to use about 400 grams. Feel free to use shrimp if you like instead.
  • Aromatics: Just some chopped garlic, ginger, and spring onion.
  • Red Chilies: I like adding some fresh bird’s eye chilies to these prawn toasts for a kick of heat! But if you’re not big on spice, you can deseed the chilies (or omit them entirely) to make these prawn toasts mild.
  • Seasonings & Spices: A pinch of white pepper, kosher salt, and crushed red pepper chili flakes. Again, feel free to omit or reduce the amount to chili flakes to suit your taste.
  • Sauces & flavoring oils: A tiny splash of low sodium light soy sauce, Shao Xing Rice Wine, and sesame oil for an aromatic and fragrant flavor!
  • Egg White: To help bind everything together.
  • White Sandwich Bread: You can use whole wheat or gluten-free bread too if you prefer.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning: Traditionally, white or black sesame seeds are used for prawn toasts in restaurants. But I took things up a notch and used Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend! These spicy prawn toasts are absolutely droolworthy with the dried garlic and onion flavor that the seasoning blend gives them! 😍 You are welcome to use white or black sesame seeds though if you like. But if using the Everything Bagel seasoning blend, you should use less salt for the prawn paste mixture. The seasoning blend has sea salt in it already, and you don’t want the prawn toasts to taste overly salty.
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil: For frying the prawn toasts. You can also use peanut oil if you have that on hand. You’ll need about 3-4 cups. The amount may vary depending on the size of your frying vessel. But you should use enough oil to deep-fry the prawn toasts.
  • To serve: Some chopped coriander for garnish, and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping!
Prawns, chopped spring onion, red chilies, garlic, ginger, white pepper, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, sesame oil, soy, sauce, and shao xing rice wine in a food processor bowl

HOW TO MAKE SPICY PRAWN TOAST

Make the Spicy Prawn Paste: Combine the prawns, garlic, ginger, red chilies, spring onion, ground white pepper, kosher salt, crushed red pepper chili flakes, low sodium soy sauce, Shao Xing rice wine, sesame oil, and egg white in a food processor bowl. Cover and pulse until a smooth paste has formed. (Note: You may need to uncover and push down the ingredients with a spoon once or twice in between.)

Prawn paste with spring onion and red chilies in a food processor bowl with a large spoon.

Spread: Spread the prawn paste evenly on a slice of bread.

A slice of sandwich bread with spicy prawn paste spread on top on a cutting board.

Sprinkle: Then sprinkle with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (or plain white or black sesame seeds).

A slice of sandwich bread with spicy prawn paste and sprinkled with Everything Bagel Seasoning on top of a cutting board.

Cut: Cut the bread diagonally from the top on each side to create four triangles. Then repeat with the remainder two bread slices.

A slice of sandwich bread with spicy prawn paste and sprinkled with Everything Bagel Seasoning sliced into four triangles on top of a cutting board.

Fry: Heat 3-4 cups of canola or vegetable oil in a small pot until hot. Working in batches of three to four pieces (depending on the size of your frying vessel), carefully add the triangles paste side down and fry for a minute or two until the paste side has browned.

Three bread triangles frying in a pot of bubbling oil on the stovetop.

Then use a stainless steel slotted spoon to turn the triangles and fry the bread side until golden – about another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then repeat with the remainder pieces until all of them are cooked.

Three prawn toast triangles with Everything Bagel Seasoning frying in a pot of oil on the stovetop.

Serve!: Transfer the spicy prawn toasts to a serving plate and garnish with chopped coriander if desired. Serve immediately with some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side!

Full ingredient amounts and instructions are in the recipe card below.

Spicy Prawn Toast triangles with Everything Bagel Seasoning on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander. Small bowl with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and small plates on the side.

CAN I SHALLOW-FRY THEM INSTEAD?

Yes, you certainly can if you prefer. In a large skillet, add enough oil so that it goes up 1/8 to ½-inch up the rim of the pan (about ¼ to ½ cup of oil depending on the size of your skillet). Heat until hot (not smoking), then add the prawn toasts paste side down and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Flip the prawn toasts carefully with your spatula and fry the bread side for another minute or two. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then place them on a serving plate. Garnish with chopped coriander if desired and serve with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side!

Prawn Toast triangles on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander and served with a small bowl of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side.

CAN I MAKE PRAWN TOASTS GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes! Use gluten-free sandwich bread, and either gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari.

Hand holding up a Spicy Prawn Toast with a bite taken out of it above a plate of prawn toasts.

CAN I MAKE THESE AHEAD?

For best flavor and texture, these prawn toasts are best made right before serving so that they are nice and crispy. The bread will become soggy if you spread the paste too early and then fry them later, and the prawn toasts will lose some of their crispiness if you serve it too long after frying.

Having said that, I’ve actually refrigerated and microwaved some of the prawn toasts the next day and the day after. They weren’t as crispy as when I first fried them. But they weren’t overly soggy and still tasted great!

But if you would like to make them ahead, I recommend frying the prawn toasts and then cooling and storing them in sealed airtight containers with layers of foil in between. Then reheat them in a 200°C/400°F pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fully heated through. Reheating in the oven will allow them to gain back most of their original crispy and crunchy texture.

Hand holding up a prawn toast piece dipped in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

CAN I FREEZE THEM?

Yes. I recommend frying the prawn toasts and then cooling and storing them in sealed airtight containers with layers of foil in between. Thaw them in the fridge overnight and reheat them in a 200°C/400°F pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fully heated through and they are nice and crispy again.

Prawn Toast triangles frying in a pot of oil, and prawn toasts on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander and served with a small bowl of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side.

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Close up of Spicy Prawn Toast triangles with Everything Bagel Seasoning on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander.

Spicy Prawn Toast

This Spicy Prawn Toast is quick and easy to make, incredibly tasty and addictive, and great for game day or as a party appetizer. They’re taken up a level and sprinkled with Everything Bagel Seasoning instead of plain sesame seeds, then fried to golden and crunchy perfection and served with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce!

  • Author: Lavina
  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pieces 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
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Ingredients

For the Spicy Prawn Toast:

  • 200 grams peeled and deveined Black Tiger Prawns or Shrimp – rinsed and pat-dried with paper towels (If using not already peeled and deveined prawns, you’ll need 400 grams.)
  • 2 Garlic cloves – minced
  • 1.5 TSP Ginger – minced
  • 2 Red Chilies (Bird’s eye preferred) – chopped
  • 1 large Spring Onion – chopped
  • 1/4 TSP ground White Pepper
  • 1/81/4 TSP Kosher Salt (See notes)*
  • 1/4 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Chili Flakes
  • 1 TSP Low Sodium Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 TSP Shao Xing Rice Wine
  • 1 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 large Egg White
  • 3 slices White Sandwich Bread
  • 1.52 TBLS Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend (You can use a homemade Everything Bagel seasoning blend, or white or black sesame seeds instead if you like. Use as much or as little as you like.)
  • 34 cups Canola or Vegetable Oil (peanut oil works well too), for frying (amount may vary depending on the size of your frying vessel)

To Serve: 

Instructions

  1. Make the Spicy Prawn Paste: Combine the prawns, garlic, ginger, red chilies, spring onion, ground white pepper, kosher salt, crushed red pepper chili flakes, low sodium soy sauce, Shao Xing rice wine, sesame oil, and egg white in a food processor bowl. Cover and pulse until a smooth paste has formed. (Note: You may need to uncover and push down the ingredients with a spoon once or twice in between.)
  2. Spread and sprinkle: Spread the prawn paste evenly on a slice of bread, then sprinkle with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (or sesame seeds). Using a sharp knife, cut the bread diagonally from the top on each side to create four triangles. Then repeat with the remainder two bread slices.
  3. Fry: Heat 3-4 cups of canola or vegetable oil in a small pot until hot. Working in batches of three to four pieces (depending on the size of your frying vessel), carefully add the triangles paste side down and fry for a minute or two until the paste side has browned. Then use a stainless steel slotted spoon to turn the triangles and fry the bread side until golden – about another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then repeat with the remainder pieces until all of them are cooked.
  4. To Serve: Transfer the spicy prawn toasts to a serving plate and garnish with chopped coriander if desired. Serve immediately with some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce on the side!

Notes

  1. Quantity and yield: This recipe makes 12 prawn toasts, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if you are feeding a large crowd.
  2. How much salt to use: If using the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Sesame Seed Blend, only use 1/8 TSP kosher salt for the prawn paste. The seasoning blend has sea salt in it already, and your prawn toasts will become too salty if you season the paste with too much salt. If using regular white or black sesame seeds, use ¼ TSP kosher salt or more to taste.
  3. To shallow-fry: Follow steps 1 and 2. Then In a large skillet, add enough oil so that it goes up 1/8 to ½-inch up the rim of the pan (about ¼ to ½ cup of oil depending on the size of your skillet). Heat until hot (not smoking), then add the prawn toasts paste side down and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Flip the prawn toasts carefully with your spatula and fry the bread side for another 1-2 minutes. Then follow step 4 as indicated in the instructions.
  4. To make it gluten-free: Use gluten-free sandwich bread, and either gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari.
  5. To make ahead: Fry the prawn toasts, then cool and store them in sealed airtight containers with layers of foil in between. Reheat them in a 200°C/400°F pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fully heated through. Reheating in the oven as opposed to the microwave will allow them to gain back most of their original crispy and crunchy texture. If you would like to reheat in the microwave for a 30-50 seconds instead, note that they won’t be as crispy as when you first fried them, but they will still taste great.
  6. To freeze: Fry the prawn toasts, then cool and store them in sealed airtight containers with layers of foil in between. Thaw them in the fridge overnight and reheat them in a 200°C/400°F pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fully heated through and they are nice and crispy again.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 3.8g
  • Sodium: 172.1mg
  • Fat: 10.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary based on several factors. It should only be used as a general guideline. For more information, please see our Disclosure.

Close up of Spicy Prawn Toast triangles on a long plate garnished with chopped coriander.

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