Easy Shrimp Tempura Recipe

A plate filled with golden shrimp tempura

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With only 6 ingredients, this crispy shrimp tempura is extremely easy. With a light airy batter, it’s absolutely perfect.


  • 15 prawns
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying


Prepare the shrimp. Devein the shrimps and remove the shells right up to the tail. Make shallow slits into the inner and outer parts of each shrimp to straighten the shrimps, and pat them dry to remove the moisture.

Dredge in cornstarch. Dust cornstarch over the shrimps. In a medium-sized pot, heat the oil to 350ºF.
Prepare the batter. Sift the flour, add cold egg and cold water to the flour. Mix carefully with a whisk, don’t overmix.

Coat with batter. Add the shrimp to the batter bowl and holding it by the tail, place it in hot oil.

Fry. Fry the shrimp for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with all shrimp.


  • Make sure the water is ice-cold.
  • Potato starch can be used in place of cornstarch.

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