Here’s an easy recipe for tempura batter that just needs 3 ingredients! You can make shrimp tempura, fried green beans and tempura vegetables at home. It’s a great way to make a crunchy side dish the kids will definitely love.
Just 3 ingredients are all you need to make this easy recipe for tempura batter. Use it for shrimp or veggies and either way it tastes amazing. It’s a great way to integrate more veggies into your dinners. (originally published 2/16, affiliate links present)
Great for making side dishes crispy and delicious like our favorite salt and pepper zucchini chips.
Our whole family loves perfect tempura shrimp and vegetables when we go to our favorite sushi place.
I thought there had to be a way to bring that great taste home and there is.
How do you make tempura batter from scratch?
- We will show you how with just 3 ingredients! It is so easy you’ll kick yourself for not making it earlier. AND may not order it out anymore.
Starting with zucchini chips was a given because they’re my favorite thing to order at Carl’s Jr. Thick slices of this cheap green vegetable are best because they won’t get too soft and still have a “bite” to them.
You could use yellow squash as well.
I looked around for an easy tempura batter recipe but most of them were a bit more complicated than I wanted to try.
That is when I started experimenting and came up with this easy tempura mix.
Of course some people like a bit thicker breading, we like it light and not heavy. Then you can eat more veggies.
It is a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables too.
Recipe for tempura batter
- Egg whites
- All purpose flour
- haven’t tried cake flour as of yet
- this is how to measure flour properly
- Ice cold water
- Salt and pepper is great to add too
- Hot oil
- Large bowl
- Any dipping sauce you want like fry sauce or ranch
Adding seasonings into the batter itself is good but really it gets a bit diluted so you will likely need to add it at the end too.
Use what you like but Lawry’s seasoned salt before serving is probably our favorite choice.
You’ll need vegetable oil and a pan over medium heat to deep fry vegetables this way as well.
- The last ingredient(s) are what you’re going to dip, like vegetables and seafood.
- I like to add the seasoned salt when it is all done but you could add a bit into the batter as well.
That is it really. Fool around with it a bit.
- If you like it slightly thicker breading then add more flour.
If you want it crisper then make your oil temperature hotter before adding items. It is really easy!! I have used it on many vegetables with success.
I have even used it for fish to make a crisp outer layer instead of traditional fish sticks. It works great for that too!
Add as little or as much salt and seasonings as you like once they come out to cool but a sprinkle of garlic salt and Lawry’s seasonings is great.
You can add salt to the batter but really you’ll want to re season once it is done for the best outcome.
What makes tempura batter different?
- If you’re wondering how it varies from a breadcrumb coating:
- It is lighter and fluffier.
- TIPS: To get this light consistency you want to first sift the flour.
- Make sure to keep the batter as cold with ice water as possible! Add ice cubes for 15 minutes beforehand to get it really cold.
- DO NOT over mix the batter.
Have layered paper towels ready so once you batter and deep fry to a golden brown you can set them there. This will absorb the excess oil and make a lighter taste.
If you do not follow these suggestions, the coating will result in a more chewy and dough like fried foods.
Then our next creation were these fried green beans, just like The Habit copycat version.
Tempura batter recipes
- Tempura mushrooms we made after this and they were killer.
- You could try a round of shrimp tempura too as the protein.
Yes we love eating traditional green beans cooked on the stovetop with butter, but this takes them over the top delicious.
- You can try our air fryer green beans too.
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Recipe for Tempura Batter
- Whisk together egg whites, flour and cold water. Lay your rinsed and prepared shrimp and/or veggies on the side, on a paper towel to absorb water from rinsing.
- Heat a pan of oil until it is hot enough to bubble when a small drop of batter is put in.
- When batter is smooth use a fork to dip your shrimp or veggies into the mix and place in hot oil to fry to perfection.
- Place on paper towel when out of oil and nicely browned to absorb the excess oil. Serve!