Shrimp Toast

Shrimp Toast (WPLG, INC.)

Shrimp Toast

Adapted from shrimp toast

Yield: 4 servings

2 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces

1-inch piece of ginger, grated on a microplane

2 garlic cloves

¼ cup cilantro leaves and tender stems

½ pound peeled and deveined large shrimp

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

salt and pepper

⅓ cup white sesame seeds

4 slices white sandwich bread

1½ to 2 cups neutral oil (such as canola or vegetable), for shallow frying

In a food processor, combine scallions, ginger, garlic and cilantro; pulse until finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl. Add the shrimp, egg white, soy sauce and sesame oil, season lightly with salt and pepper. Pulse until a coarse paste forms, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

Set the sesame seeds on a large plate. Spread one-quarter of the shrimp mixture in an even layer on one slice of bread; repeat with the remaining shrimp mixture and bread. Working with one slice of bread at a time, invert it into the sesame seeds, shrimp side down, and gently press so seeds adhere. Transfer to a cutting board, setting each piece sesame side up. Cut off the crusts and cut each slice of bread diagonally into 4 triangles.

In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat ¼-inch of oil over medium until shimmering. (A small piece of bread dropped into the oil should sizzle when the oil is properly preheated.) Working in 2 batches, add the triangles, shrimp side down, in a single layer and fry until golden and crispy underneath, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip toasts and fry until shrimp is cooked through and bread is golden brown and crispy underneath, 1½ to 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Cook remaining shrimp toasts, and serve warm.

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Born and raised in Miami, of Jewish and Latinx descent, Chef Michelle “Michy” Bernstein is the host of Local10’s Emmy-Award winning SoFlo TASTE and a fixture in the culinary world.