Homemade Crispy Tempura Recipe

Homemade Crispy Tempura Recipe

How To Make Homemade Crispy Tempura

Make perfectly crispy tempura at home each time with the help of this recipe. It has options for shrimp, Japanese eggplants, and kabocha squash.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour



For Batter:

  • 1cupcake flour,sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1cupice cold water
  • 1largeegg,cold

For Frying:

  • 4jumboshrimps,peeled and deveined, tail on
  • 2japanese eggplants
  • canola oil,for frying
  • 3ozkabocha squash,sliced into wedges


Tempura Batter:

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and water until lightly frothy. Add the flour in 3 additions, stirring with chopsticks just to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Trim the tails, then use your knife to scrape the dirt and water from the remaining tail shell. Cut small incisions crosswise on both the top and bottom of the shrimp. This will prevent the shrimp from curling up as it cooks. Do not cut too deep, or the shrimp will fall apart. Pat the shrimp dry between paper towels, then refrigerate until ready to fry.


  1. Trim the stem, then cut in half lengthwise. Leaving the top ½ inch intact, cut 5 to 6 ½-inch thick slices down the length of the eggplant.

Kabocha Squash:

  1. Fill a medium pot about halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 320 degrees F.

  2. Coat the kabocha wedges lightly with flour, dusting off any excess. Dip the wedges in the tempura batter.

  3. Fry in the hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Let any excess oil drip off, then transfer to a wire rack set over a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

  4. Increase the oil temperature to 340 degrees F.

  5. Coat the eggplant lightly with flour, dusting off any excess. Dip in the tempura batter. Fry in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to the wire rack to drain.

  6. Increase the oil temperature to 350 degrees F.

  7. Lightly coat the shrimp with flour, dusting off any excess. Dip in the tempura batter. Add the shrimp to the hot oil. Dip fingers into the tempura batter and drizzle over the shrimp. This will make them extra crunchy.

  8. Fry the shrimp for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to the wire rack to drain.

  9. Fry the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to the wire rack to drain.

  10. Serve the tempura immediately with dipping sauce or seasoned salt alongside.

  11. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 272.47kcal
  • Fat: 7.65g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.96g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.06g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.83g
  • Fiber: 9.12g
  • Sugar: 10.29g
  • Protein: 8.35g
  • Cholesterol: 56.58mg
  • Sodium: 72.42mg
  • Calcium: 48.51mg
  • Potassium: 764.13mg
  • Iron: 3.50mg
  • Vitamin A: 41.52µg
  • Vitamin C: 8.64mg
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