Prawns on Toast (Toast Skagen)

Simple and elegant, prawns on toast is a popular Swedish seafood dish for any occasion

Created by popular Swedish restaurateur Tore Wretman just after World War II, the dish is actually named for a fishing port in neighboring Denmark. Interestingly, the most important factor in the preparation of the dish, to Swedes, is the fact that the prawns are shelled by hand. They generally don't care about the prawns being fresh or frozen, as long as this step occurs.

This recipe is courtesy of SwedishFood.com.

4
Servings
140
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Traditionally, this dish is served with a big dollop of caviar. As it is an acquired taste, the amount of caviar (roe) suggested below is about half the quantity that Swedes would tend to use.

Of course the bread can be toasted, instead of fried, if you prefer!

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  fresh or frozen prawns (shrimp), with shells on
  • 4  Tablespoons  mayonnaise
  • 4  Tablespoons  sour cream (or gräddfil, if available)
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  brandy or cognac
  • 1  Pinch of  salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 2  Tablespoons  finely chopped dill
  • slices of white bread, preferably sourdough
  • 2  Tablespoons  butter
  • 4  Teaspoons  caviar (roe), optional
  • lemon wedges
  • dill sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Shell the prawns and pat them dry with a paper towel. Keep them cold until required.

Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream (or gräddfil), brandy (or freshly grated horseradish as shown above), chopped dill, salt, and freshly ground white pepper. Keep the mixture cold until required.

10 minutes or so before serving, melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the bread slices, and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Just before serving, add some of the sauce to the prawns (shrimps) until you have a nice consistency. You might not need it all.

Serve the prawn (shrimp) mixture piled on top of the fried bread and garnish with a dollop of caviar (roe), a sprig of dill, and a lemon wedge.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
34mg
11%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
34µg
5%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
16µg
18%
Calcium, Ca
54mg
5%
Choline, total
53mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
141µg
35%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
113mg
16%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
535mg
36%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
132g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Prawn Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Prawn Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.