Go to a Japanese restaurant, and you are bound to enjoy shrimp and vegetables fried in tempura batter. You can easily recreate these appetizers at home.
Tempura is most often served in Japanese restaurants. Fresh vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, onions, and more are deep fried in a crispy batter. If you go to a Japanese restaurant and some Chinese restaurants you are bound to find tempura inspired items on the menu.
Homemade Tempura Batter
Did you know it’s super easy to make tempura? Tempura is a light and crispy batter that is made with flour and often ice water to help it get a very light texture. You can use specialty flours sold in supermarkets designed to super crispy tempura, but regular flour will work if you do not stir the batter too much. Stirring that batter too much will result in a batter that isn’t as light because the gluten becomes activated with lots of stirring of the batter.
Love Japanese style recipes? Try these favorite recipes.
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- 2 cups club soda
- 1/4 cup finely chopped herbs (such as parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Know you can fry up vegetables, seafood, or anything else you desire.