Crispy Shrimp Tempura


Crispy, Japanese-style tempura shrimp made with homemade tempura batter. Serve them as an appetizer, main dish, or finger food at your next party.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Whisk flour, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Pour water and egg yolk into the well and mix just until moistened; batter will be lumpy. Stir in egg whites.

  3. Dip one shrimp at a time into batter to coat; do not batter tails. When three shrimp have been battered, carefully place them into the deep fryer and fry until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining shrimp, battering a few at a time while the previous batch is cooking.

Editor's Note

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of tempura batter ingredients. The actual amount consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1222 Calories
112g Fat
29g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1222
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 112g 144%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 244mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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