Rock Shrimp Tempura (Pan-Fried)


Rock shrimp tempura with a creamy spicy sauce. This recipe is based on the famous recipe from Nobu. If you've ever had the rock shrimp at one of his restaurants, you'll definitely want to make these.

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


Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 dashes ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Tempura Batter:

  • ¾ cup ice water

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed

  • 1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. To make the dipping sauce: Whisk egg yolk, chili-garlic sauce, rice vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Pour in 3 tablespoons oil slowly, whisking constantly, until sauce is creamy.

  2. To make the batter: Whisk ice water, flour, and egg yolk together in a large bowl to make batter.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip some shrimp in batter, letting excess drip off, and cook in hot oil until browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining olive oil and shrimp.

  4. Place cooked shrimp in a large bowl. Pour sauce on top and mix until thoroughly coated.


Substitute white wine vinegar for the rice vinegar if desired.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
20g Fat
19g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 275mg 92%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 203mg 4%

* 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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