Delicious Tempura Shrimp Recipe


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, leaving tails on
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Ice cubes (for keeping the batter cold)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Dipping sauce (e.g., soy sauce mixed with a bit of rice vinegar)


1. Prepare the Shrimp:

  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Make a few shallow cuts on the belly side to prevent curling during frying.

2. Create the Batter:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, ice-cold water, egg yolk, and baking powder. Mix lightly, leaving some lumps for a crispier texture. Place ice cubes around the bowl to keep the batter cold.

3. Heat the Oil:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large, deep pan to 350-375°F (175-190°C). Use enough oil to fully submerge the shrimp.

4. Coat the Shrimp:

  • Dip each shrimp into the batter, ensuring it’s fully coated. Allow excess batter to drip off before gently placing it into the hot oil. Fry a few shrimp at a time to maintain the oil temperature.

5. Fry to Perfection:

  • Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes until the tempura coating is golden brown and crisp. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan to maintain even frying.

6. Drain Excess Oil:

  • Remove the fried shrimp with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt immediately after frying.

7. Serve Immediately:

  • Tempura is best served hot and crispy. Arrange the shrimp on a serving platter and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

8. Enjoy:

  • Dip the tempura shrimp into the sauce, savor the crispy exterior, and enjoy the juicy, flavorful shrimp inside.


  • For an extra crispiness, use club soda or sparkling water in the batter.
  • Experiment with adding a touch of cornstarch to the flour for an even lighter texture.
  • Customize the dipping sauce with grated daikon radish or a sprinkle of sesame seeds for added flavor.

Indulge in the delightful experience of making and savoring homemade Tempura Shrimp – a classic Japanese dish that’s sure to impress! 🍤✨