Vegetable Tempura

Crisp and delicious vegetable tempura makes an impressive Japanese appetizer. Serve with the dipping sauce or simply with soy sauce if you prefer a vegetarian option.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • teaspoon dashi granules


  • 1 ¾ cups chilled water

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for deep frying


  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 onion, sliced into half-rings

  • 1 bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed

  • ¾ cup shiitake mushrooms


  1. Whisk light soy sauce, mirin, and dashi granules together in a bowl for the sauce; set aside.

  2. Whisk water and egg yolks together in a bowl until well combined. Sift in flour and whisk until just combined; batter will be a bit lumpy.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or a deep saucepan until very hot, but not smoking.

  4. Dip sweet potato, onion, bell pepper, green beans, and shiitake mushrooms one by one into the batter and transfer immediately into the hot oil. Deep-fry tempura in batches, making sure to not overcrowd the wok, until batter is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat until all vegetables have been used. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Editorial 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)

350 Calories
17g Fat
43g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 350
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 345mg 7%

* 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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