No need to eat out at P.F. Chang’s, this Japanese favorite is surprisingly easy to whip up in your own kitchen. This dish is perfect for a delicious appetizer or meal. You can also try this dish with other meats or vegetables of your choice.

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Crispy Shrimp Vegetable Tempura Recipe

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Preparation: 20 mins
Cooking: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 people


  • 1 lb shrimp extra-large, peeled with tail left on, deveined, washed
  • Seaweed sliced thin, dried, desired amount
  • Sweet potato sliced thin, desired amount
  • Broccoli cut into florets, desired amount
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup sesame oil
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Ice water as needed
  • Club soda about 1-2 tbsp, as needed
  • Soy sauce for serving


  1. Prep shrimp and vegetables. Place them in bowls for easy access when frying.

  2. Heat oils in a large pot to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with foil and line with paper towels.

  3. Beat an egg in a measuring cup and add ice water to make 3/4 to 1 cup. Add to a mixing bowl and add 3/4 cup cake flour.

  4. Mix with a pair of chopsticks or a butter knife. The batter will be lumpy so don't over-stir. Add club soda and quickly stir.

  5. Dry the shrimp and vegetables with a paper or dish towel. This will help the batter stick better.

  6. Dip shrimp and vegetables into the batter, one piece at a time. Remove excess batter by shaking then add to hot oil, being very careful not to burn yourself.

  7. Fry about 5 to 8 pieces at a time for about 2 to 4 minutes or until golden and crispy. For the dried seaweed, it will need less time.

  8. Use a slotted spoon to turn them over when necessary and to remove them from the oil. Place on a prepared baking sheet to allow excess oils to be removed.

  9. If you need more batter, make it as you need it so that it remains cold throughout.

  10. Serve immediately with soy sauce.

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