The great thing about Instagram is you meet like minded friends from all over the world, friends with the same passions and interests, and people who really inspire you. Recently I’ve been following Alex from Its Not Complicated Recipes and I’ve been so intrigued by her food, and how uncomplicated Alex manages to make everything.
Alex lives in Adelaide, Australia and her aim is to inspire you with her uncomplicated recipes, and to be able to cater for everyone; vegan, gluten free, so everyone can enjoy her simple recipes.
I was delighted when Alex agreed to do a recipe for my blog, and was very intrigued when she said it was a vegan version of prawn toast!
So here it is – enjoy!
TOFU SESAME TOAST
If you are vegan/vegetarian or if you have a seafood allergy, this easily prepared Chinese inspired dish will be of interest to you. It’s called Tofu Sesame Toasts, and it’s a must-try recipe, inspired by the classic Chinese appetiser, prawn toast. They are quick and easy to make and their delicate balance of flavours may convert even those who strongly dislike tofu.
For this recipe, in place of prawns I have used a firm tofu. Just be sure to not use silken tofu which would be too soft. Egg has been replaced by chia seeds, which, when soaked for 15 minutes, produce a gel like substance which helps bind the ingredients together. Oyster sauce is replaced by a vegan variation, made from mushrooms, which adds depth of flavour. Otherwise, traditional ingredients of spring onions, ginger, sesame oil and soy/tamari sauce are used.
The method for this recipe is simple and results in a savoury appetiser that is guaranteed to impress. The toasts are very quick to make and you don’t need a deep fryer for these, they are shallow fried in a frying pan.
Just whiz the ingredients in a food processor, spread generously on slices of baguette, sprinkle on sesame seeds and shallow fry.
However, these crispy toasts should come with a warning – one piece is never enough for this simple and tasty starter. They have a crisp toast base with a sesame seed topping which provides extra crunchiness and a mild nutty taste.
For easy entertaining, they can be prepared up to the stage of shallow frying, a day in advance. Please note that they are best served soon after they are fried. They will become soggy if left to sit.
They are delicious served with our home made Sweet Chilli Sauce.
Tofu Sesame Toasts
Inspired by a classic Chinese appetiser, these Tofu Sesame Toasts are quick and easy to make and have a delicate balance of flavours.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Starter
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword asian, toast, tofu, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 230 kcal
Vegan Tofu Filling:
- 1 tsp white chia seeds
- 3 tsp cold water
- 250 gm firm tofu Must be firm and not silken tofu *
- 2 spring onions white and green part separated
- 1 1/2 tsp ginger finely grated
- 2 tsp soy sauce or gluten free tamari *
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp vegan oyster sauce *
- freshly ground black pepper
To Assemble the Toasts:
- 1 baguette cut to slices around 1 1/2 cm thick * or gluten free bread
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds you may need slightly more *
- 6 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil for frying
- Mix the chia seeds with the water and set aside about 15 minutes, until a gel forms.
- Put the tofu on several layers of paper towel and pat it dry. It is important to remove as much moisture as possible.*Place the tofu in a food processor.
- Roughly chop the white part of the spring onion. Finely slice the green part and set aside.
- Add the white spring onion, finely grated ginger, along with the tamari/soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, vegan oyster sauce, the chia seed gel and black pepper to the processor. Whizz all the ingredients to a paste then transfer to a bowl.5. Add 2 tablespoons of finely sliced green spring onion to the mixture and set aside a little extra for garnish.Adjust seasoning to taste if necessary. Refrigerate the mixture for a half hour to help the filling firm.
6. Spread the filling onto the slices of bread; be generous so there’s plenty of flavour. Sprinkle the filling with sesame seeds, gently pressing them down a little with a spatula.Pre-heat the oven to 150oC/300oF.
7. Layer three slices of paper towel on an ovenproof plate.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan with the oil. Heat until a small piece of bread dropped into the oil sizzles.
Put the toasts in, a few at a time, sesame seed side down.
If making in advance, refrigerate until ready to cook. *
8. Fry 1-2 minutes until the sesame seeds become golden.
9. Gently and carefully turn the toasts and cook until the bread side is golden brown.*
10. Place on the prepared plate and put into the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the remainder.
Serve the toasts sprinkled with an easily made Sweet Chilli Sauce or a sauce of your choice. Sprinkle with a little extra finely sliced green spring onion as garnish.
The tofu must be firm, not the silken type.
Vegetarian “Oyster” Sauce is made from mushrooms and adds important flavour.
To avoid too much moisture in the mixture, the tofu needs to be as dry as possible.
The toasts can be prepared a day in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.
The topping is quite fragile so the toasts need to be turned gently and carefully.
If you want to make these gluten free, ensure your soy/tamari and vegan sauces are gluten free, and spread the topping on some good gluten free bread.
Wow thank you so much Alex for creating this recipe for us! If you enjoyed this and want to see more of Alex’s recipes, you can subscribe to her blog here or you can follow Alex on Facebook and Instagram.
If you try this recipe please let me know in the comments below!