Shrimp Tempura

Crispy Battered Fried Shrimp

Ever had a Shrimp Tempura from the fancy Japanese restaurant or even a Japanese fastfood place?

You might think that they are hard to make because a few pieces will cost you.

On the contrary, they are quite simple and easy to make.

A good tempura has to be crispy even long after they have been fried.

shrimp tempura

Using just a tempura batter will only keep it crunchy while it's still hot.

Adding another step like dredging in Panko, or Japanese breadcrumbs will keep the coating from getting soft and soggy.

Some important tips to consider before you start:

  • The batter is just slightly seasoned, salt is sprinkled in the end once the shrimp is taken out of the oil, like how you would french fries.
  • It is the dipping sauce you serve it with that will give it the taste.
  • I use both cornstarch and all purpose flour for the batter. The cornstarch gives it the crunch and will not leave the coating too cakey.
  • Ice Cold Water is essential for the crunch, too.

So, how do you get the shrimp straight?

A slit on the underside at an angle(about 45°) will prevent the shrimp from curling.


  • Large Shrimp or Prawns
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Powder
  • Panko Breadcrumbs or any Dried Breadcrumbs


  • Garlic Powder (optional)
  • Onion Powder (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

  • Light Sodium or Regular Soy Sauce
  • Wasabi or Japanese Horseradish


  • 1 Pound Large Shrimps or Prawns, shells removed, tails intact
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup ICE COLD Water

  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs or any Dried Breadcrumbs

  • Cooking Oil for Frying

  • 1/2 cup Light Sodium or Regular Soy Sauce
  • Wasabi or Japanese Horseradish

1 Mix together the batter ingredients and place inside the refrigerator while the shrimps are being prepped.

2 Slit the underside of the shrimps at an angle to make them straight. Set aside.

3 Take out the batter mix from the refrigerator and dip each shrimp, then dredge in the breadcrumbs. Repeat for all the shrimps before you start frying.

4 Heat up the cooking oil using medium low heat and drop the shrimps one by one without crowding them in the oil.

5 Cook until golden brown about 3-4 minutes, then set on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6 Serve with the dipping sauce.


  • No Panko breadcrumbs? Use any dried breadcrumbs, or make your own by toasting loaf bread(Tasty bread) slices in 300°F; for 10 - 12 minutes or until dried but not browned. Shred or pulse in food processor and use.

  • Once you dredge in breadcrumbs, make sure you pack the crumbs tight onto the shrimp to keep them from falling off during frying.

  • To devein or not to devein the shrimp? I usually devein large shrimps and prawns because I don't want to see the black intestinal tract when I eat them. That's just a personal preference. You don't have to do it if you are not bothered by it.

  • Pair your shrimp tempura with Vegetable Tempura since they use the same batter ingredients.

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