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
171
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
  • 4 slices of white bread, preferably sourdough
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Teaspoons caviar (roe), optional
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 4 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
8g
11%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
20g
15%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
43µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
63mg
84%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
178mg
18%
Choline, total
34mg
8%
Fluoride, F
60µg
2%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
32mg
10%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
90mg
13%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
251mg
17%
Water
129g
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.