Tempura is considered to be one of the most well-loved and most popular of all Japanese dishes. In Japan, tempura is traditionally deep fried vegetables or seafood. However, not only battered, fried shrimp qualifies as tempura! Tempura does not use bread crumbs, only the lightly battered food is tempura.
You can make tempura with almost any ingredient, I love all of them, but my favorite is definitely Tempura Shrimp. Who doesn't love crunchy deep fried Shrimps?
It's actually pretty easy to make tempura at home. All ingredients can be found easily at your local supermarket. Have fun making them! Don't forget to dip them in soy sauce and accompany them with a glass of warm sake!
Serves: 2 -3
Estimated Cost: $20
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 12 Large shrimp (if frozen need to thaw, the bigger the shrimp the better!)
- Flour to dust
- Oil for deep frying
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon. salt
- 2 egg white
- 1 cup ice water
For Tempura Batter
- Remove heads and shells from shrimp without removing the tails. Lightly press the back of shrimp to straighten. Dry shrimp on paper towels.
- Beat an egg white in a bowl. Add in ice water. Add sifted flour, mix lightly.
- Heat the oil in the pan, and lightly coat the shrimp in flour. Then, pick the shrimp up by the tail and dip it into the tempura batter. Deep-fry the shrimp in hot oil until crisp.
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