Shrimp Toast

August 11, 2016 (Last Updated: March 3, 2020)
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a platter of shrimp toast triangles with sauce in a bowl on the side

One of the most popular items at my recent Olympic Opening Ceremonies party were these crispy shrimp toasts. I honestly don’t know if these are even authentic Chinese, but they sure are delicious! They are also very easy to make, and cook quickly.

A close up of crispy shrimp toasts on a paper towel

I was able to purchase some wild gulf shrimp on sale last week at Whole Foods. It’s really preferable to use the best quality shrimp you can find. There is so much sketchy shrimp out there these days!

crispy shrimp toasts arranged on a baking rack

I also used good quality “Canadian White Bread” from Trader Joe’s. It’s firm enough to hold up against the shrimp paste, and won’t get soggy as easily as some cheaper brands of white bread. It also gets beautiful crispy when fried up. Definite win!

closeup of fried shrimp toasts topped with sesame seeds

We begin by making a simple shrimp paste in the food processor. Peeled and deveined shrimp is combined with aromatic ingredients such as sesame oil, ginger, and garlic, and bound with an egg white and some cornstarch.

ingredients for shrimp toasts in the bowl of a food processor
pureed shrimp filling in the bowl of a food processor

Do not fret. It will look like a very small quantity of shrimp paste, but a little goes a long way. Spread the shrimp mixture evenly over one side of the bread triangles. I used a small cheese spreader.

assembling shrimp toasts on a tray

You can dip the shrimp toasts (shrimp-side down) in sesame seeds if you would like. It’s not necessary, but I like the look of having half the shrimp toasts covered in seeds, and the other half naked.

uncooked shrimp toasts arranged on a black tray

These shrimp toasts are shallow fried in a bit of oil, and they cook super fast! They are best enjoyed immediately, but I actually arranged them on a rack in a baking sheet (so the bottoms stay crisp) to warm them back up in the oven right before the guests arrived, and they were still really good.

overhead view of fried shrimp toasts on a cooling rack

You can eat them plain, but a bit of sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy Thai sweet chili sauce is the perfect accompaniment.

a platter of shrimp toasts with a sign that says what they are

Honestly, these shrimp toasts were so great, that I will definitely plan on making them for other upcoming gatherings. In the future I would even plan on doubling this recipe.

a close up of fried shrimp toasts on a cooling rack
a platter of triangular fried shrimp toasts some with sesame seeds and some without

Shrimp Toast

These crispy Chinese shrimp toasts are popular appetizers and snacks! They would make a great attention to your Chinese New Year menu, Olympic party, game night, or any night you want to make a homemade Chinese meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 12 triangles
Calories 132 kcal


  • 8 ounces wild gulf shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 scallions finely sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced/crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 slices white sandwich bread crusts removed, split into 12 triangles
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds optional
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil or as needed
  • Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping


  • Combine shrimp, egg white, soy sauce, scallions, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, but not pureed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince the shrimp with a knife and mix everything else together by hand in a bowl.
  • Spread mixture evenly over one side of each piece of bread, spreading all the way to the edge. Dip shrimp side into sesame seeds to coat, if desired (or you can make half with sesame seeds and half without for a nice contrast).
  • Pour oil into a heavy-bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  • In batches, carefully place triangles shrimp-side down and fry until the bottom and edges are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip triangles over and fry for an additional 2 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining toasts. Serve warm with Thai sweet chile sauce for dipping.

Notes & Nutrition

Servings 12.0 * calories 132 * Total Fat 9 g * Saturated Fat 1 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 27 mg * Sodium 108 mg * Potassium 34 mg * Total Carbohydrate 7 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 0 g * Protein 3 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*
overhead closeup of fried shrimp toasts on a cooling rack

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