Crispy Shrimp Toast

Crispy Shrimp Toast
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Enjoy this incredibly delicious toast recipe by Pepper Teigen from her debut cookbook, "The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Recipes from Everyone’s Favorite Thai Mom." This recipe calls for you to make a mixture out of shrimp and cilantro to spread over white bread and then fried in oil. A helpful tip is to flatten your white bread first before frying in the oil so the bread doesn't absorb the oil and you can achieve a super crunchy exterior and soft, fluffy interior.Reprinted from The Pepper Thai Cookbook. Copyright © 2021 by Vilailuck Teigen with Garrett Snyder. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Jenny Huang. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.
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Crispy Shrimp Toast
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 1 pound peeled large shrimp, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon finely minced cilantro stems, plus a handful of cilantro leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 slices soft white bread, crusts removed, cut in half diagonally
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 fresh red chile, such as fresno, thinly sliced (or substitute red bell pepper)
  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 pound shrimp, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons cilantro stems, 4 finely minced garlic, 1 teaspoon white pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Stir until combined. Gently flatten each slice of bread with your hands. In a large skillet, heat 1 cup vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering-hot. Line a plate with paper towels and have nearby.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of the shrimp mixture all the way to the edges on one side of each slice of bread, then press a few cilantro leaves and chile slices into the shrimp so they stick. Working in batches, place the shrimp toasts filling-side down in the pan and cook until browned and crispy, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip over, then cook on the other side until browned, another 2 minutes. Transfer to the paper towels to drain and cool slightly.
  4. Cut each shrimp toast in half again into smaller triangles, if you like, and serve warm with tangy cucumber salad.