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  • Writer's pictureMari

Shrimp Toasties

When you think ‘dim sum’, a grilled cheese lookalike is probably not what comes to mind. Shrimp toasts are an easy type of dim sum made with white bread rather than wonton wrappers or dumpling dough. I’m making it even easier by turning it into a toastie that can be eaten as a late night snack rather than an appetizer. Instead of deep frying these toasties, they’re slathered with mayo then panfried. The mayo creates a crispy, deep golden crust on the outside, while the inside is filled a flavourful shrimp filling.

Makes 6 triangles


6 slices white bread (crusts off optional)

3/4 cup shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tbs green onion

1/2 tsp fresh ginger

1 clove garlic

1 drop sesame oil

1 drop fish sauce

1 tbs soy sauce

1 egg white

1 heaping tsp cornstarch

1 tbs canola oil

1 tbs mayonnaise

2 tsp sesame seeds


1. Put the shrimp, green onions, garlic and ginger on a cutting board in a pile. Using a large knife, keep chopping the shrimp and seasonings over and over until a paste is formed. Put it in a mixing bowl with the soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, cornstarch and egg white. Use a fork or chopsticks to whip it for 3-5 minutes until foamy.

2. Heat a large pan or skillet over low heat, and add the canola oil. Lay the bread out on a cutting board. Spread the shrimp mix onto every other slice, spreading end to end. Cover to make 3 sandwiches. Slather each the outsides of each sandwich with mayonnaise, and sprinkle the sesame seeds on one side. Lay the sandwiches sesame side down into the hot pan or skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until dark golden. Remove the sandwiches from the frying pan and slice into triangles. Place the cut side back on to the hot pan or skillet to sear for 1-2 more minutes. Serve right away.


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