While virtually unknown compared to most other popular fried party snacks, these shrimp toasts are easy to make and every bit as delicious, and addictive, as those Buffalo wings or jalapeño poppers.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 24 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
16 shrimp toasts
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place shrimp, water chestnuts, cilantro leaves, green onions, garlic, grated ginger, anchovy filet, sesame oil, fish sauce, soy sauce, egg white, sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times; scrape down sides of bowl. Continue to process until mixture is well blended and reaches a paste consistency, 1 or 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to blend the flavors, about 1 hour.

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  • Very lightly toast bread slices. Trim crusts from bread. Spread shrimp paste onto bread in an equal thickness as the bread. Cut slices in half and then diagonally into diamond shapes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  • Place a heavy skillet over medium-high heat; pour in about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil. When oil is hot, place bread slices, paste side down, into the oil. Fry until crispy, 2 to 3 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot or warm garnished with additional sliced green onions.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Tip

Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 19.6g 6% DV; fat 8.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 87.1mg 29% DV; sodium 714.2mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2016
Oh my gosh, regretfully did not get a picture. I was frying them as an app as my dinner guests showed up, they were going so fast and were so tasty I completely forgot to snap a pic! Definitely a huge hit, It was funny watching everyone to try and be polite but also anxious to grab them up as they came out of the fryer. there was 6 of us and everyone loved them. 1. I will say these are a bit on the fishy side, we loved it BUT If you despise the kick of a fishy taste skip the fish sauce and maybe half or exclude the anchovies, that will really tone it down. 2. I bought extra large Mrs. Baird's white bread. The recipe went a lot further than 4 pieces of bread, the paste coated more like 9-11 pieces. and I really put it on thick. 3. I forgot to toast the bread ahead of time and everything was perfect so don't worry if you forget that step. 4. The suggested Fry time is on point, 2-3 minutes 5. keep your windows open or a air purifier handy, this will fish up your house. Definitely a repeat, I really can't wait to make these again and am already trying to think of the next opportunity I can dish theses out and watch my guests eyes light up with delight. I may just simply make some for lunch and invite my dad over. They are the bomb. Read More
(27)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2018
This Shrimp Toast was thoroughly disappointing. Followed recipe to the letter and was dissatisfied with over aggressive flavor balance -- far too salty 1 tbsp of fresh ginger excessively presented. Tsp of Fish Sauce was probably contributing to unkind flavor balance. Find a simpler recipe you'll be more satisfied with outcome. Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2016
Oh my gosh, regretfully did not get a picture. I was frying them as an app as my dinner guests showed up, they were going so fast and were so tasty I completely forgot to snap a pic! Definitely a huge hit, It was funny watching everyone to try and be polite but also anxious to grab them up as they came out of the fryer. there was 6 of us and everyone loved them. 1. I will say these are a bit on the fishy side, we loved it BUT If you despise the kick of a fishy taste skip the fish sauce and maybe half or exclude the anchovies, that will really tone it down. 2. I bought extra large Mrs. Baird's white bread. The recipe went a lot further than 4 pieces of bread, the paste coated more like 9-11 pieces. and I really put it on thick. 3. I forgot to toast the bread ahead of time and everything was perfect so don't worry if you forget that step. 4. The suggested Fry time is on point, 2-3 minutes 5. keep your windows open or a air purifier handy, this will fish up your house. Definitely a repeat, I really can't wait to make these again and am already trying to think of the next opportunity I can dish theses out and watch my guests eyes light up with delight. I may just simply make some for lunch and invite my dad over. They are the bomb. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2016
I will definitely make this again, but I am thinking of a few changes, which is rare for me when I make anything of Chef John's. I'm a huge fan of him, I've loved everything I have tried just as he's written it. I'm also a huge fan of shrimp toast, always ordering it when it is on the menu, so I was excited to find his version. I had 10 oz. of shrimp and wanted to use it all, so I adjusted the recipe on here to get the right amount of seasonings and flavorings. I'm not sure what to change, but it was a bit "strong" to me. Perhaps next time I will try to make using his amount of shrimp so I don't adjust other items and see what that gets me. It was a bit salty for me, so I'll wait to add salt after tasting. Also, I think I might put shrimp in last and pulse a little less to have a few larger bits of shrimp. I'll let you know how that turns out. I still have some paste, so I'd like to try a few baked just to see if it will still have that awesome crunch. Keep 'me coming, Chef John, I love your art! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2017
i looked at this recipe so many times but never seemed to have any shrimp at the time, so i used canned clams! it was delicious! i didnt have water chestnuts, sesame seeds, anchovies or fish sauce either, but it still tasted great and it plated so pretty with the green onion garnish! if you have a good imagination, you can make anything from a good basic recipe. i never have to change Chef Johns recipes, but i was dying to try this one-so i did the best with what i had. glad i tried it and i cant wait to make it with shrimp! (or maybe crab!!) Thanks Chef John! Read More
(5)
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Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2016
Very good. Next time I will add half the amount of coriander. I baked it in in the oven after defrosting the loaf baked initially up and down and last few minutes just up. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2017
Very good! I didn't have water chestnuts so I used chopped mushrooms in the paste. I never have store white bread as I make our bread and used it instead. Made sure to make the shrimp paste the same thickness as the bread; worked perfectly. My husband really liked this; I will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2017
Most excellent recipe for shrimp toast! Husband totally loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2016
Be Careful - Written recipe is misleading - watch the video. To those who felt this is too salty or overly fishy I think the problem is that the written recipe misleads one into thinking they should add an entire can of anchovy fillets. Watching the video however you realize Chef John only adds one filet not the entire can. Hope this helps.:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/11/2018
Nope. Not even close to the creamy decadant shrimp toast from the local Pinoy hut in either Colorado or Wisconsin. I m thinking pre cooking the shrimps and the addition of cream cheese.? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2019
Oh my!! Chef John hit it out of the ballpark...again!! This is the best shrimp toast I ve ever tasted including all restaurants!! Such a wonderful flavor not dripping in grease and makes a beautiful appetizer when plated with a ramekin of sweet & sour sauce!! I ve gotten rave reviews twice ( I ve made it twice SO FAR!! ) Try it you ll love it!! Thank you Chef John!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2018
This Shrimp Toast was thoroughly disappointing. Followed recipe to the letter and was dissatisfied with over aggressive flavor balance -- far too salty 1 tbsp of fresh ginger excessively presented. Tsp of Fish Sauce was probably contributing to unkind flavor balance. Find a simpler recipe you'll be more satisfied with outcome. Read More