Shrimp Tempura on a white plate.

Shrimp Tempura

Shrimp Tempura is a Japanese dish made with fresh shrimp dipped in tempura batter and deep-fried until perfectly crispy. Serve it with soy sauce or tempura dipping sauce.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword shrimp tempura
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 348 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 lb fresh shrimp jumbo or medium
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1.5 cups oil for frying
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  1. Start by preparing the shrimp: devein them and remove the shell right up to the tail. Make 4 to 5 small notches on the “belly” of each shrimp. This will prevent them from curling up during frying.
  2. Toss the shrimp in cornstarch and salt.
  3. Heat up oil in a pot.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix egg with water.
  5. Add flour and stir in with a fork. Do not overmix.
  6. Once the oil reaches 340 to 360 degrees F, dip each shrimp in batter and gently place in the oil.
  7. Fry 4 to 5 shrimp at a time, not to overcrowd the pot and lower the oil temperature.
  8. Fry each shrimp 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove onto a plate with paper towel.
  9. Repeat with all shrimp.
  10. Serve with soy sauce or Asian dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use vegetable or canola oil for frying.
  2. Make the batter right before frying. I prepare it while the oil heats up.
  3. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Tempura
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 1192mg52%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 175mg18%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.