Wishing you could make tempura at home? It's actually not that complicated. With just a few ingredients you can make crispy, golden and delicious tempura that tastes like it was made by a pro.
What is tempura?
Tempura is a Japanese batter used to coat vegetables and seafood. It is light-bodied and gives food a crisp texture to food without being too thick or heavy.
How To Make Tempura: Essential Tips
Tempura batter is made with three simple ingredients: water, flour and eggs. However, the secret lies in using cold sparkling water. This bubbles are what give tempura its signature airiness, resulting in perfectly crisped morsels of food.
There are various techniques for making perfect tempura. Some chefs add cornstarch to the mix and vodka. Others add the cold sparkling water at the very last minute. Many recommend frying tempura in peanut oil.
The temperature of the cooking oil is important: 350F to 375F (176C to 190C) yields the best tempura.
It's important to dip the vegetables in the tempura batter right before frying them. Never coat them in advance.
How To Make Vegetable Tempura
Here we have an easy vegetable tempura recipe. This one 'cheats' a little because it calls for the use of baking powder.
You can use your favorite vegetables but asparagus, peppers and broccoli work well. The results speak for themselves.
How To Make Shrimp Tempura
Shrimp tempura is another favorite. In this video tutorial from Learn to Cook you'll learn how to make the best tempura using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
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Now that you learned how to make tempura like a boss you can find more cooking inspiration with these 18 essential Japanese ingredients.