Tempura Recipes That Prove Frying Food Is Always A Good Idea

Jun 21, 2013 | Updated Jan 06, 2015

At this point, you've probably encountered a tempura-fried shrimp. You may have even enjoyed a crispy slab of tempura sweet potato, zucchini or Japanese pumpkin. These tempura recipes are classic preparations that stand the test of time. Now that that's settled, let's talk about what else you can fry tempura-style: anything you can get batter to stick to.

It's come to our attention that not a lot of you are making tempura at home. We sort of understand why. The batter, which sometimes seems mythically light, can be intimidating (the secret is seltzer!). Not to mention most home cooks' hesitation to deep-fry at home. It's definitely not the quickest or most convenient cooking technique to experiment with at home, but man, it is fun. Here are a few tempura recipes we think you guys should give a try: green beans, oysters, tiny hot peppers, tiny hot peppers stuffed with cheese, Oreos and also all 23 recipes below. Let us know how it goes!

  • 1 Tempura Squid
    Simply Recipes
    Get the Tempura Squid recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 2 Chive Flower Tempura
    Shu Han Lee of Mummy, I Can Cook
    Get the Chive Flower Tempura recipe from Mummy, I Can Cook
  • 3 Shrimp Tempura
    Annie's Eats
    Get the Shrimp Tempura recipe from Annie's Eats
  • 4 Japanese Style Asparagus Fries
    Use Real Butter
    Get the Japanese Style Asparagus Fries recipe from Use Real Butter
  • 5 Stuffed Squash Blossoms Tempura
    Alexandra's Kitchen
    Get the Stuffed Squash Blossoms Tempura recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
  • 6 Seaweed Tempura
    Sarah Shatz/Food52
    Get the Seaweed Tempura recipe from Food52
  • 7 Ebi Tempura Rice Ball
    i am a food blog
    Get the Ebi Tempura Rice Ball recipe from i am a food blog
  • 8 Vegetable Tempura
    Just One Cookbook
    Get the Vegetable Tempura recipe from Just One Cookbook
  • 9 Dandelion Tempura With Curry Salt
    Get the Dandelion Tempura With Curry Salt recipe by Kyoko Ide from Food52
  • 10 Carrot And Shrimp Kakiage (Mixed Tempura)
  • 11 Corn And Seaweed Tempura Poppers
    Lady And Pups
    Get the Corn And Seaweed Tempura Poppers recipe from Lady And Pups
  • 12 Tempura Garlic Scapes With Garlic Scape Aioli
    Get the Tempura Garlic Scapes With Garlic Scape Aioli recipe by Alexandra Strafford from Food52
  • 13 Cheese Croquettes Fried In Tempura Batter
  • 14 Fresh Corn Tempura
    Eva Tua
    Get the Fresh Corn Tempura recipe from Test 4 the Best
  • 15 Japanese Eggplant Tempura With Dipping Soy Sauce
    Asian In America
  • 16 Fried Watercress Sprigs
    Kate Mathis
    Get the Fried Watercress Sprigs recipe from Wine Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman
  • 17 Lemony Broccoli Tempura Spears
    Frances Janisch
    Get the Lemony Broccoli Tempura Spears recipe from Lauren Braun Costello
  • 18 Uni Shiso Tempura With Lime Salt
    Get the Uni Shiso Tempura With Lime Salt recipe from Gastrophoria
  • 19 Kale Tempura
    Get the Kale Tempura recipe from Food52
  • 20 Mini Banana And Nutella Bites In Tempura
    Spanish Recipes by Núria
    Get the Mini Banana And Nutella Bites In Tempura recipe from Spanish Recipes by Núria
  • 21 Asparagus Tempura
    The Tart Tart
    Get the Asparagus Tempura recipe from The Tart Tart
  • 22 Tasty Tempura
    Insanity Theory
    Get the Tasty Tempura recipe from Insanity Theory
  • 23 Crispy Tempura Vegetables With Miso-Mustard
    Salt & Wind

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