Making Japanese Tempura Prawns

Japanese Tempura Prawns

This is how to make Tempura Batter for Crispy Japanese Tempura Prawns and Tempura Vegetable. Learn how to fry Tempura Prawns.

Recipe for Tempura Prawns


  • 8-10 Large Jumbo size Prawns – devein and make some cuts across shrimp belly. Press evenly with fingers to flatten it so that shrimp will be straight instead of curly.
  • Choice of Vegetable – Shitake Mushrooms, Capsicum, Eggplant, Carrots (remove stem from mushroom and slice the rest of vegetable thinly)
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • Vegetable oil a little sesame oil for deep frying

Tempura Batter:

  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1/4 tspn salt or to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200 ml ice cold water
  • 3 ice cubes


Prawns – Pull off the head if it is still attached. Pull off the outer shell. Keep the last segment of shell and the tail tip on. Devein the prawns. Make some slits across shrimp belly. Press evenly with fingers to flatten it as much as possible to prevent curling while frying. Clean prawns with running water and dry them on paper towels.

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Beat egg yolk gently and add iced water and ice cubes in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add sifted ingredients to the egg mixture in the mixing bowl. Mix batter lightly to a runny consistency.
  4. Start heating the oil in a frying pot. Check the oil temperature with chopsticks. Oil should be around 165C to 170C hot.
  5. When you see small bubbles around chopsticks, it’s pretty much perfect for deep frying.
  6. In a separate plate, add all purpose flour. Dust prawn in flour. Remove and dip in batter several times.
  7. Hold prawns by tail, in hot oil and jiggle, then let go. Start frying. Drip some batter on the prawns using your fingers to the prawns to create the tempura crisp. Turn the tempura prawn and evenly cook.
  8. For vegetables, fry them a little bit longer.
  9. Serve while crisp and hot with teriyaki sauce.


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  1. Angela Ng

    This recipe sounds amazing! Great post!I can’t wait to recreate it at home – thanks!

  2. Singapore Local Favourites

    You can actually use the ready pre-mixed tempura flour for this recipe. Some restaurants serve tempura soft shell (crabs) with teriyaki or black pepper sauce. 🙂