This baked shrimp toast features rich and creamy shrimp mixture on top of crispy bread. If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next party, give this a try.
There’s a non-traditional Vietnamese dish called “banh mi quet tom” that has a mixture of shrimp and mayonnaise spread on baguette slices. The baguette slices are then baked until golden and crispy. This baked shrimp toast is my version of that dish.
Making baked shrimp toast
The main ingredients to make this dish are bread, shrimp, garlic, scallions, black pepper, mayonnaise, and butter. I also like to serve it with fresh basil because of its sweet aroma.
Regarding bread, I used ciabatta for the photos in this recipe. I have also tried baguette and it works too. You can cut baguette vertically into thin slices or divide in half horizontally. For ciabatta, cut in half horizontally. Regardless of choice, each slice/half shouldn’t be too thick. I like to keep them under 1 inch thick.
Shrimps are chopped into small pieces and mixed with mayo, butter and aromatics. I think shrimps don’t go well with cheese since the heavy and strong flavor of cheese easily overwhelms the sweetness of shrimp. In contrast, the slight tanginess of mayonnaise and richness of butter pair better with shrimps. I know a lot of Viet cooks in the U.S. use cheese instead of butter to make baked shrimp toast, so it’s probably a matter of preference. If you like shrimp and cheese combination, you can use cheese instead of butter or sprinkle some cheese on top and broil until melted and golden.
Finally, Thanksgiving is approaching and this will be my third Thanksgiving in the U.S. In previous years, I usually looked forward to it as a great time for traveling. On the contrary, I hardly think about it this year since this blog, though still tiny, has occupied pretty much all of my free time after work. When I tested this recipe, I thought this might be a tasty and easy appetizer for Thanksgiving celebration. I’m not sure what I will do on Thanksgiving day this year, but I will enjoy Black Friday shopping for sure :). Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate :)!
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- 6 oz shrimps, peeled and deveined
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (about 2 stalks of scallions)
- black pepper
- baguette or ciabatta (see notes)
- basil, chiffonade
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Chop shrimps or process in a food chopper into small pieces. Don't process into a paste. Mix shrimps with mayonnaise, melted butter, grated garlic, scallions and a generous amount of black pepper.
- Slice ciabatta or baguette in half horizontally, or cut baguette into thin slices. Each slice/half should not be thicker than 1 inch.
- Spread the shrimp mixture on the cut side of the bread. Place into the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the top is golden and bread is crispy.
- Remove bread from the oven. Sprinkle fresh basil and serve immediately.
- The amount of shrimp mixture in the recipe is enough to spread on one half of a 6''x8'' ciabatta bread. It's enough for 10-15 slices of baguette, depending on how big each slice is.
- I think shrimps don't go well with cheese, but if you have no problem with shrimp and cheese combination, you can use cheese instead of butter or sprinkle some cheese on top and broil until melted and golden.