Tempura Shrimp

shrimp being dipped in batter


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Tempura is a light and crunchy Asian batter. It's great for frying vegetables and meats because it isn't as heavy as a traditional batter. Here's a simple recipe for fried shrimp.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 20 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 4 in. vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled
  • 1/4 C. club soda
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1 Tbs. pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 C. water
  • 1 egg

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In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4-inches. Heat over medium heat until about 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, the water, the salt, pepper, garlic powder, club soda, and the egg. Whisk lightly until ingredients are combined (batter will be slightly lumpy). In a shallow dish, pour remaining flour. Dredge shrimp in flour and then dip into the batter. Fry in batches for 2 to 3 minutes per batch, turning to brown on all sides.

Cook's Note: When placing shrimp into oil, hold by tail and allow to fan out before starting to fry.

Remove from oil and drain on a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Serve hot with sweet and sour, teriyaki, or hot mustard. 

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