Sesame Sardine Toast: An Exciting Twist on a Classic Favourite

Sesame Sardine Toast: An Exciting Twist on a Classic Favourite

Elevate Your Snack Time with This Unique and Delicious Sesame Sardine Toast

In this recipe, we've taken a nostalgic favourite from the classic Chinese takeaway – sesame prawn toast – and given it a unique twist by using sardines, an under appreciated gem of the sea. This dish is not just a snack; it's a fusion of cultures and flavours, effortlessly bringing a touch of Africa and Asia into your kitchen. Whether you're hosting a get-together, searching for a novel appetiser, or simply craving a flavoursome snack, our Sesame Sardine Toast is sure to impress!


  • 2 cans of Sardines in Oil
  • Plain Flour for dusting
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Green Onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Chilli Flakes
  • 2 Eggs, separated
  • 7 slices of Bread, crusts removed
  • Sesame Seeds, for coating
  • Oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce - Hoisin Chill sauce

  • 1 Tbsp Drained Sardine Oil
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


1. Preparing the Sardine Mixture:

  • Drain the sardines and mash them in a bowl. Add minced garlic, ginger, green onions, a pinch of salt, pepper, and chilli flakes (if using). Mix until combined.

2. Egg Separation & Coating:

  • Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Add the egg whites to the sardine mix for 5 mins to get a smooth like paste.
  • Beat the yolks lightly. Spread the sardine mixture over one side of each bread slice, then coat with the beaten egg yolk.

3. Sesame Seed Coating:

  • Generously sprinkle sesame seeds over the egg-coated side, pressing gently to adhere.

4. Frying the Toast:

  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the bread slices, sardine side down first, until golden and crispy. Flip and cook the other side.

5. Serving:

  • Cut each slice into triangles and serve hot. Enjoy these crispy, savoury bites of goodness!

Make Sauce

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the drained sardine oil, chilli flakes, minced garlic, and ginger. This blend will create a flavourful and aromatic base for your sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference, whether you like it spicier or with a bit more savoury edge.
  • Let the sauce sit for a few minutes to allow the flavours to meld together. This resting time is crucial for developing a more harmonious taste.Serve alongside your Sesame Sardine Toast or with any other snack that could use a flavourful boost. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfection:

  • For a healthier version, try air frying your Sesame Sardine Toast. It gives a perfectly crispy texture with less oil.
  • Serve with a dip of your choice - soy sauce or a spicy mayo can elevate the flavours.

As you savour each bite of our Sesame Sardine Toast, you're not just enjoying a snack; you're experiencing a story. A story that spans continents, cultures, and culinary traditions. At African Food Box, we're dedicated to bringing these stories to life through food. Our recipes are more than just instructions; they're an invitation to explore, to taste, and to celebrate the diversity of African cuisine. So, why wait? Dive into this delightful snack and let your culinary adventure begin!

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