Shrimp Tempura

 Can’t get enough of perfectly crispy and crunchy shrimp?  You can make crispy shrimp tempura at home with ingredients you have on hand! It will taste just as good as any Asian restaurant, and best of all, it will take minutes to prepare!  Don’t hesitate in making perfectly crisp shrimp tempura at home, where you can enjoy as many of these as your hearts desire.

A basket and a plate of homemade shrimp tempura

You don’t have to go out to enjoy this Japanese dish,  enjoy shrimp deep-fried in this crispy batter when you prepare this from scratch.  It’s super easy to make these delicious Japanese restaurant appetizers in your own kitchen. And, not a single ingredient is difficult to find.

This is a basic and easy shrimp tempura recipe for tasty shrimp in a crunchy tempura batter.


  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp deveined
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups corn starch
  • 2 cups club soda or super cold water
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs optional (parsley, chives, thyme are suggested)
  • oil for frying

Equipment Needed


  • Peel and devein shrimp.
  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer or pour enough oil to a large pot to deep fry.
  • Mix together flour, corn starch, and club soda. Stir until just blended. If desired add some of the fresh herbs to the batter.
  • Dip shrimp one at a time into batter. There is no need to dip the tails. Deep fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, the batter should crisp up, do not let the batter brown, the shrimp will over cook.
  • Drain shrimp on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and herbs on top if desired.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Peanut oil is my preferred cooking oil, but regular vegetable oil will also work!
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 429mg | Sodium: 1379mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 386mg | Iron: 8.6mg

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