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fried Chinese takeout classic shrimp toasts on bread with sesame seeds

Shrimp Toast Recipe

Shrimp toasts are a deep fried Chinese takeout and dim sum classic that make an ideal appetizer for dinner parties or larger gatherings. Slices of bread are covered in a shrimp mousse flavored with green onion and cilantro and bound with egg white and fried until the toasts are crispy.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword easy appetizer, easy recipe, fish sauce, fried, seafood, shellfish, shrimp, takeout, toast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 toasts


  • ¼ cup diced cilantro stems
  • 3 green onions, greens and whites divided
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • ½ pound peeled and deveined Jumbo (26/30) shrimp, tails removed
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 5 slices Japanese milk bread or white bread, crusts cut off
  • 6 tablespoons black and white sesame seeds (optional)
  • Vegetable oil, as needed, for frying


  • Add the cilantro stems, the whites from the green onions, garlic, shrimp, egg white, cornstarch, fish sauce and salt to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse until ground.
  • Mound about 2 tablespoons of the shrimp egg paste high in the center of each slice of bread and spread it evenly to corners with a spoon or rubber spatula.
  • If using sesame seeds, add them to a shallow dish or plate and spread out. Dip each slice of the shrimp-topped toast, shrimp-side down onto the sesame seeds.
  • Fill a large cast iron pan or Dutch oven with enough oil to reach 1” up the side of the pan. Heat the oil to 350ºF (177ºC).
  • Working with two slices of bread at a time (if the size of the pan allows), place slices of bread, shrimp-side down, into the hot oil. Fry until the undersides are light gold in color, about 3 minutes.
  • Flip the toasts and continue to cook until fried to a golden brown, about an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the oil to a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  • Cut each slice on the diagonal to create 4 equal triangles. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until all have been fried.
  • Arrange shrimp toasts on a serving platter and top with the remaining green onions, sliced on the bias. Serve on their own or drizzled with sriracha and mayonnaise.