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Shrimp Tempura on a white plate.
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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: shrimp tempura
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 348kcal
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


  • 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.
  • Toss the shrimp in cornstarch and salt.
  • Heat up oil in a pot.
  • In a medium bowl, mix egg with water.
  • Add flour and stir in with a fork. Do not overmix.
  • Once the oil reaches 340 to 360 degrees F, dip each shrimp in batter and gently place in the oil.
  • Fry 4 to 5 shrimp at a time, not to overcrowd the pot and lower the oil temperature.
  • Fry each shrimp 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove onto a plate with paper towel.
  • Repeat with all shrimp.
  • Serve with soy sauce or Asian dipping sauce.


  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.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 1192mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 4mg