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I think gluten free prawn toast has to be one of my favourite Chinese takeaway dishes ever!
Prawn toast is usually served as a side or starter. But honestly, I could happily eat a plate of sesame prawn toast as a meal.
This Chinese prawn toast is perfect for dipping into sweet chilli sauce and it's actually incredibly easy to make.
Did you know you can even make it in bulk and freeze it too?
My gluten free prawn toasts are made using gluten free sliced bread and just a handful of simple ingredients.
They're dairy free as well and honestly, once you try them you won't go back.
Why not test them out as a side to one of my other Chinese takeaway style dishes, such as my gluten free sweet and sour chicken recipe?
There's a full recipe card below with the quantities and method but here's a bit of an explainer of some of the prawn toast ingredients.
- Gluten Free Bread: Any sliced gluten free bread will work well here, and I always use white bread because I prefer the taste. I always cut the crusts off for neatness but you don't have to. Iff you do, make sure you keep them as you can use them as breadcrumbs in other recipes and even freeze them. Saves on food waste!
- Raw King Prawns: I usually just buy a pack of frozen king prawns and defrost them before making this recipe. You can use tiger prawns as well - just make sure whatever you use has not shell!
- Egg White: This helps to hold the paste together and cook it through when it is fried. The yolks can be kept in the fridge and used in an omelette the next day to avoid waste.
- Spring Onions: These give the dish a lovely flavour, but if you're sensitive to onions you can avoid them. Or just use the green parts.
- Chopped Ginger: I always use the frozen chopped ginger or jars of it because I am lazy. But around a thumb-sized piece of ginger can also be used. Just peel and chop it up instead if you prefer.
- Gluten Free Tamari: Soy sauce is not gluten free which is why people with coeliac disease often cannot have sweet and sour sauce. You can find gluten free tamari in the free from aisle which to me, tastes the same.
- Sesame Oil and Sesame Seeds: These give this sesame prawn toast its trademark look and taste. If you are allergic to sesame (or don't like it) feel free to omit this.
Don't forget the full ingredients list is in the recipe card.
But this just helps to explain some of the reasons behind the ingredients used.
A lot of these ingredients can be used in other dishes too - such as my gluten free chicken with cashew nuts recipe.
How to make prawn toast
Making this gluten free prawn toast is actually really easy - I can't believe it took me so many years to try it.
Essentially you're just making a prawn paste, slathering it on some gluten free bread then frying it.
I always worried the paste would slide off when frying it face down but it doesn't at all.
Just make sure you spread the paste on nice and thick and then flip it into the pan.
Once fried on both sides it's ready to eat - see, I told you it was easy!
Can prawn toast be reheated?
Made too much prawn toast and want to save some for later?
The good news is that prawn toast can easily be reheated!
Once cooled, keep the prawn toast in a sealed container in the fridge and then reheat in the oven.
I wouldn't recommend microwaving it. This will make it go soggy!
Popping it in a hot oven until thoroughly heated through (about 20 mins) will make sure it keeps that lovely crunch.
Can prawn toast be frozen?
Yes - prawn toast can be frozen as long as you cool it straight after cooking then pop it in the freezer.
Once frozen you can then defrost your prawn toast and reheat as needed.
I'd recommend reheating in the oven to it stays crispy - as described in the section above.
My gluten free prawn toast recipe
This recipe makes around 12 slices of prawn toast which is a good amount to share between 4 people.
Of course this will vary of the size of your bread but most gluten free bread is quite small so this is an estimate based on that!
I've also made a video to talk you through the process and show you just how quick and easy this prawn toast is to make!
And if you loved it, please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.
- 6 slices gluten free white bread
- 180g raw king prawns
- 1 egg white
- 3 spring onions
- 2 tsp chopped ginger
- 2 tsp gluten free tamari
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 3-4 tbsp sesame seeds
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Add the king prawns, egg white, spring onions, ginger, tamari and sesame oil to a food processor and blitz until it forms a smooth paste.
- Cut the crusts off of the gluten free bread (don't chuck these away - see notes!) and then cut each slice in half diagonally so you have two triangles of bread.
- Spoon around 1 tbsp of the prawn mixture onto each triangle of bread and smooth it into a thick layer, covering the whole of one side.
- Sprinkle the sesame seeds liberally over the top of the prawn paste and gently press them down into the mixture with your hands so they don't all fall off.
- Add enough oil to the bottom of a large frying pan to cover the bottom around 1cm deep. Heat on a medium heat and once hot, add a few slices of the prawn toast - with the prawn paste side down. Don't overcrowd the pan, you'll want some space between them so I tend to do this in batches of 4-5 slices per go.
- Fry for around 1 minute, until golden brown, then turn over and fry for another minute. Be careful - if the oil is too hot they will burn so keep an eye on them and adjust as needed. They should be sizzling away but not violently!
- Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen towel to drain any excess oil. Repeat until all of the slices are cooked and then serve hot with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
Need some more gluten free meal inspiration?
If you want to have a go at some of the other gluten free Chinese takeaway inspired dinner recipes on the blog, why not give some of these a try?
They’re perfect for creating delicious comfort food when you need it!
- Chicken with cashew nuts
- Gluten Free Chow Mein
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Chinese chicken curry
- Gluten free Egg Noodles
- Gluten Free Salt and Pepper Chicken
And if you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!
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