Shrimp. Toast. Bacon.

Yes, it’s ridiculously delicious.

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and it’s the year of the Dragon! Apparently dragons love shrimp toast, bacon-wrapped shrimp toast to be exact.

…. or maybe I just made that up.


I made these in my toaster oven.


I know, awesome right?

Even better, I utilized an old bag of hamburger buns I had laying around and cut out little circles using cookie cutters.

See? Eco-friendly AND scrumptious. Life is good.


Feel free to use old bread like baguettes, white sandwich bread, brioche…you get the idea.

Traditionally you use square shaped bread so you can cut it in 4ths or 8ths to make triangles. But I felt creative today and made them circular, don’t worry, it all tastes the same.

Use leftover shrimp paste for wontons, soups or even sandwiches.  Or simply just make more shrimp toast.

Perfect for parties, these can be made ahead, frozen and baked whenever you’re ready. It’s easy to make and fun to eat!

Now the trick to getting that bacon crispy at the end is baking it ahead of hand.

10 minutes at 450F (in a toaster oven or regular oven) to be exact.

That way when you bake it towards the end you get crispy, heavenly bacon — not the soft and rubbery kind. Because that’s sad.

Seeing that this recipe has been around for more than 100 years, I’m guessing it has to be good.  I just made it better with bacon.


Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Toast
5.0 from 4 reviews
Recipe type: Appetizer
Author: Joy Zhang
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6-8
Traditional Shrimp Toast wrapped in Bacon — you can choose to fry them or bake them for a healthier version.
  • 1 pound of prawns
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 stalks green onion, thinly diced
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns or 8 slices of stale bread
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 packet of bacon
  • 24-32 toothpicks
  1. Bake bacon in toaster oven at 450F for 10 minutes or until most of the fat has been rendered. (see photo above) Remove from oven and set aside on large plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Peel and devein prawns. Wash under water and pat dry using a paper towel. Chop the 2 slices of bacon and place into a large bowl. Add half of the green onions and mix well.
  3. Place bread into toaster oven or oven and bake until dried. Mince prawns using knife or food processor and mix with seasonings (fish sauce, sugar, pepper, cooking wine, sesame oil) in a medium or large bowl.
  4. Combine mixture with bacon and onion mixture and add cornstarch and eggs. Spread on bread slices or rounds and flatten prawn mixture evenly with a knife (about 1/2 inch thick). Coat with sesame seeds and set aside.
  5. If you are baking them, place toasts into oven at 400F for 8 minutes. Take out of oven and wrap with bacon slices, using toothpicks to hold bacon in place. If you cut your bread into rounds like I have, cut bacon slices in half and wrap rounds with half slices of bacon. Use toothpick to hold bacon in place.
  6. Return to oven and bake for additional 10-15 minutes at 400F, or until bacon is crisp.
  7. If you are frying them, pour oil in hot pan. When oil begins to boil, put in bread slices (or rounds) and deep fry over medium heat until golden. Cut each square into 4-8 triangles (or leave rounds as is). Garnish with remaining green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot.


  1. zenchef says: 18 Jan ’12 • 03:51:50

    I just saw this on zenspotting! :P

    Ok, not only the recipe sounds amazing but the animation is mesmerizing.
    I want you to teach me how to do that!!


  2. Joy says: 18 Jan ’12 • 03:56:54

    Deal! :) We’ll do a fun one when I visit!


  3. Rosa says: 18 Jan ’12 • 07:51:13

    What a great twist on that classic! Wonderful. Lovely animation.




  4. Jean says: 18 Jan ’12 • 16:26:33

    Love the shrimp toasts (and your images, that’s a given)–even more impressive that all you used was your toaster oven.

    I have seen those animation shots here and there but I don’t think I’ve seen one as cute as the one you did here. Great job!


  5. RavieNomNoms says: 18 Jan ’12 • 16:50:25

    I love that little picture animation you have at the end. SO CUTE! They look wonderful


  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food says: 18 Jan ’12 • 19:52:18

    Eric has requested that you make these for him when you come visit. I’ll even try one because they look freakin’ amazing!


  7. Joan Nova says: 18 Jan ’12 • 21:40:58

    Gorgeous, whimsical and tasty! Oh, and very clever!


  8. Kiri W. says: 19 Jan ’12 • 12:36:55

    Wow, these look so fun and tasty! Perfect entertaining food :)


  9. missymaki says: 19 Jan ’12 • 17:14:26

    I won’t kid you. If I was left in a room alone with these I woudl make myself sick on them. These are awesome. Also – excellent job on your photo stying.


  10. alyce at culinary thymes says: 19 Jan ’12 • 18:17:40

    Love the video and the amazing photos. Looks delish!


  11. Miri says: 20 Jan ’12 • 03:41:53

    Looks delicious! So the two bacon slices which need to be chopped and put into the shrimp paste are to be added without baking and frying? And only the whole slices for wrapping needs to be pre baked?


    • Joy says: 20 Jan ’12 • 15:09:04

      Hi Miri! Yes– I added additional bacon slices into the shrimp paste, the original recipe called for lard, I figured bacon was mo’ betta :) Yes and the whole slices for wrapping needs to be pre baked so you can get a nice crispy bacon at the end!

  12. Sandra says: 20 Jan ’12 • 13:24:36

    Your pictures are out of this world! Who knew you could achieve these kind of results with a toaster oven. You go Girl!


  13. Rhonda says: 20 Jan ’12 • 14:49:16

    Bacon wrapped anything is wonderful. I just got a brand new toaster oven…must make these.


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