Tasty Shrimp Tempura and Sake Dipping Sauce


Delicious tempura shrimp made just like it is at our favorite restaurant. The dipping sauce is a wonderful complement to the mild taste of the shrimp.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs


Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 shallots, minced

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup sake

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon diced ginger root


  • 1 cup rice flour

  • 1 cup cold seltzer water

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup rice flour

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix shallots, soy sauce, sake, hot pepper sauce, cilantro, and ginger together in a bowl; let sit, about 2 hours.

  2. Mix 1 cup rice flour, seltzer water, and egg yolk together in a bowl.

  3. Split shrimp down the center, cutting almost but not completely through, and open flat. Pat with paper towel to dry; dust with 1/2 cup rice flour. Dip shrimp in batter until thoroughly covered.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cook shrimp in small batches in oil until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove shrimp from oil and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Serves dipping sauce alongside the shrimp.

Cook's Notes:

I use my Fry Daddy(R) to cook the shrimp, but you can also use a skillet.

Do not try to cook too many shrimp at one time. Only cook as many as will fit in the pan without overlapping.

The batter can also be used to fry fresh veggies!

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

489 Calories
14g Fat
58g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 489
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 224mg 75%
Sodium 3814mg 166%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 463mg 10%

* 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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