Sesame Prawn Toast – Lunar New Year Recipe

Ken Hom sesame prawn toast recipe
Nothing beats homemade prawn toast: crispy, nutty and full of flavour. This recipe is a real crowd-pleaser – ideal to kick off a Lunar New Year feast.

This crunchy sesame prawn toast, packed full with prawn, chestnuts and minced pork these crispy bites will leave you wanting more.


This recipe takes 10 mins Preparation time, 20 mins Cooking time. Serves Makes 30 pieces



For the prawn paste

  • 450g raw prawns, peeled
  • ½ x 225g tin water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 100g minced pork
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ bunch spring onions, white parts, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp grated root ginger
  • 2tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


For the toast

  • 10 thin slices slightly stale white bread
  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 450ml groundnut or vegetable oil
  • Spicy hoisin chicken baked dumplings recipe



  • Roughly chop the prawns and then mince to a paste. Put in a large bowl and combine with the pork and remaining paste ingredients.
  • To prepare the toast, remove the crusts from the bread and cut each slice into 3 rectangles. spread with a thick layer of the prawn mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or wok. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower 2-3 toasts at a time, paste-side down, into the hot oil. Deep-fry for 2-3 mins, then carefully turn and fry for a further 2 mins, or until golden and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining toasts and serve with soy sauce to dip.



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