Daddy's Shrimp Toast


My father came up with this easy shrimp toast recipe while experimenting in the kitchen. It's an absolutely delicious way to use shrimp. I think I've gotten pretty good at making this dish, but it still doesn't compare to my father's! Don't be fooled by the ingredients — most are optional. Serve as an appetizer or main dish.

close up view of Shrimp Toast
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


Shrimp Paste:

  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined and finely minced

  • ½ medium yellow onion, minced

  • ½ cup finely chopped water chestnuts (Optional)

  • ½ cup finely chopped celery (Optional)

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

  • ½ cup cooked crabmeat

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 5 drops soy sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste


  • 2 cups oil for frying

  • 8 thick slices white bread


  1. Make the shrimp paste: Mix shrimp, onion, water chestnuts, celery, and green onion together in a mixing bowl. Stir in crabmeat, egg, parsley, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and pepper.

  2. Make the dipping sauce: Whisk soy sauce, parsley, water, sesame oil, sugar, and garlic powder together in a small bowl.

  3. Make the toast: Heat 1/2 inch oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.

  4. Spread each slice bread with a thick layer of shrimp paste, pressing gently so it sticks to bread.

  5. Working in batches, fry bread, paste-side down, in hot oil until golden and shrimp is pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip carefully and cook until bread is golden brown, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Slice shrimp toasts diagonally and serve with dipping sauce.

Editor's Note

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

666 Calories
59g Fat
18g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 666
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 817mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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