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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.