We Made Bite-Sized Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp Toast Because It’s an Underrated Snack

June 25, 2020

Shrimp (or prawn) toast is a common Chinese appetizer. It typically comes as a deep-fried triangular piece of white bread, coated with a shrimp mousse; and is usually served as dim sum. (So if you haven’t tried it yet, then you should probably explore more dim sum restaurants.)

Shrimp toes.

Although the dish is traditionally Chinese, some Southeast Asian countries have adapted it, using fish sauce as a flavoring agent. Our recipe follows a Thai take on the dish, giving it a sweet-spicy profile to balance out the shrimp.

It was meant to be an appetizer. But we can’t help but whip it up mid-day as an afternoon snack, especially since it’s done in no time. (And because it’s fried nature makes it an ideal pre-nap munch.)

Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp Toast

  • Serves: 1-2 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy


Shrimp Paste

  • 300g shrimp (shelled)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • A few dashes of white pepper
  • 1 tsp (or more, to taste) fish sauce
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • 1-2 slices of white bread
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Chop shrimp until it becomes a sticky paste. (Alternatively, you may pulse it in a food processor.)
  2. Transfer shrimp to a large bowl, then add in the rest of the ingredients for the filling. Set aside.
  3. Cut the crust off the bread. (Optional)
  4. Cut each piece of bread into 4 equal slices.
  5. Spread shrimp paste onto sliced bread.
  6. With the paste side down, press bread onto sesame seeds until completely covered.
  7. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, then fry toasts paste side down until shrimp is cooked.
  8. Flip and cook the other side until toast is light brown.
  9. Drain oil and serve immediately.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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