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Tempura Recipe


Tempura Recipe

Shrimp (shelled and deveined, but leave tails on)
Vegetables* of your choice

Tempura Batter:

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup corn flour or rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup ice cold water
Oil for deep frying


1. Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg slightly and mix with the ice water.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients. Stir only until mixed; mixture will be slightly lumpy.
4. Dip shrimp and *vegetables into the batter and deep fry until golden brown.
5. Fry ingredients a few at a time. Too big a batch may change the temperature of the oil.
6. Drain on paper towels and served immediately.

Cook’s Note:

You can use a variety of vegetables for tempura e.g. pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, string beans, yam. Root vegetables should be sliced thinly so it is cooked through.

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29 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Your tempura looks so crispy and not too oil. Perfect! I usually make mine with chilled beer (no need for baking powder :) I love your suggestion for Thanksgiving. I’ll fry some yams and green beans for the holiday. Thanks for sharing!

  2. A similar albeit simpler recipe for tempura batter that I found goes like this:

    2 egg yolks
    2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
    2 cups ice water

    Stir egg yolks and ice water very lightly (do not beat)
    Add flour and stir lightly
    The batter should still have lumps of unmixed flour and be thick and lumpy.

  3. Lynn

    the tempura looks really crispy. Does your get soggy after 10 minutes later? Because mine got soggy 10 minute later when it’s done. Is there anything or something I can include in the batter to make the tempura crispy for longer time?

  4. @Jackie: chilled beer – hmm, how interesting. Might explore that instead of baking powder one day

    @hg: that’s incredibly simple!

    @easy recipes: you can use almost any seafood to make tempura so fish is definitely fine.

    @lynn: yes, tempura don’t stay crispy for long so it’s best to make fresh and eat fresh. I put it in the oven under the lowest heat with the door left slightly ajar if I need it to stay crisp longer.

    • Although I like them both, I much prefer the texture of tempura batter rather than panko. I only recently learned to keep the batter cold, which made a huge difference.

      You used the word “ginormous” – Just had to say I love that word!! My friends make fun of me for saying it so often.

      Thank for a great website, love seeing your recipes and I love your writing style.

  5. nowadays the ready-mix tempura batter can be found so easily in supermarkets.
    though the freshly made ones should be different.
    yeah, eat them fresh from the wok, with the warm mixture of sauce.
    lovely, tempura was what converted mum into a Japanese food lover, as she did not and still does not take raw foods. :)

  6. I like your tempura batter recipe and you are absolutely right that it is important to use ice water. Keep it cold and batter should be lumpy. Sometimes when I am out of baking powder, I simply use soda water to make the batter light and fluffy.

  7. mali

    I have been on this website for the last 3 hrs just looking and reading recipes and comments from people….I enjoy cooking all kinds of food and Malaysian food is something I’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying before…..but now I think I am hooked. I’m having a family get together this weekend and I will be cooking your Sesame Oil Chicken, the Chicken curry with potatoes and the Spring Rolls. They look so simple and delicious and I’m sure everyone will enjoy them. I am from a pacific island and we cook a lot differently. I am so glad I stumble onto your blog by mistake looking for a basil chicken recipe. Any ideas?? Thank you for the recipes. Funnily enough, this is the first time I have ever gone onto any one’s blog. I’m glad I did because I will be back for more…Keep up the good work.

  8. Kyle

    Greetings! I’ve been following your site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  9. Carol

    I left a comment before but it isn’t showing. Your batter looks fantastic but something went wrong with mine or your measurements are off. I followed the recipe exactly and what should have been a batter was a very thick glob of what looked like wet bread dough. I had to keep adding water to it so as could dip my shrimp in it. No way could you dip anything in that recipe.

  10. Carol

    Hi Rasa:
    Thank you for the quick response. I wish someone else had commented on the posted recipe but most remarked on how good it looked. It did look good. Just an ultra thick big glob that nothing could dip in.

    I will try your recipe. It looks easy and the picture looks great.

    Thanks again. Great website by the way

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