Prawn sesame toast and seared king prawns

Paul Merrett's Chinese-inspired recipe is easy to put together, served with a peppery sprout and cress salad
By Paul Merrett
Prawn sesame toast and seared king prawns
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the prawn toast

  • 10 unshelled raw king prawns
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 slices medium sliced white bread
  • 100 g sesame seeds
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the sprout salad

  • 1 handful China Rose radish, sprouts
  • 1 handful Sango Japanese radish sprouts
  • 1 handful alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 small bunch coriander cress
  • 1 x 2.5 cm piece ginger, grated and juiced
  • squeeze wasabi, paste
  • squeeze lime juice

To serve

  • ketjap manis, for drizzling

Tips and Suggestions

Ketjap manis is an Indonesian soy sauce which is slightly thicker and sweeter than regular soy sauce.


1. For the prawn toast: peel all of the prawns, keeping the tails on two of them. Place the 8 fully-peeled prawns into a food processor along with the spring onion, cornflour and egg white and blend to a coarse paste.

2. Spread the prawn paste thickly onto the slices of bread and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

3. Heat about 7.5cm/3in of vegetable oil in a deep, heavy-based pan to 170C/325F (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended). Carefully drop in the prawn toasts, prawn-side first, and fry for about 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

4. Cut the prawn toasts into triangles and arrange on serving plates.

5. Heat a drizzle of vegetable oil in a frying pan and sear the remaining prawns for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

6. For the sprout salad: toss all of the sprout salad ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.

7. To serve, drizzle some ketcap manis on the plate with the prawn toasts. Arrange the sprout salad alongside, then place a pan-fried prawn on top of the toast.

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