How to Make Shrimp Tempura, Quickly and Easily

Shrimp Tempura Batter Ingredients

You can achieve the essence of a delicious shrimp tempura by using hacks to simplify the recipe. To know how to make shrimp tempura taste delicious, essentially you need to do two things:

  1. Make a light batter (the batter is actually quite simple)
  2. Deep fry just long enough for the coating to become crispy, but not burned

a picture of tempura mix, shrimp, soda water and more, showcasing all the elements of how to make shrimp tempura

The recipe for shrimp tempura batter ingredients are quite simple – you could make it yourself. However, you can simplify it even more when the emphasis is on speed and ease. To make a quick shrimp tempura batter, you need the following handful of ingredients:-

  • Roland Shrimp Tempura mix
  • Sparkling water (I chose Pellegrino)
  • Some curry powder (creates a nice color and adds a pop of intrigue)

How to Cook Shrimp Tempura

First you coat your shrimp, then you fry. I put step-by-step directions below. Frying is without a doubt, the most difficult part, and because the frying is so easy, you won’t have any difficulty here.

The only additional recommendation I would make, is to get a temperature probe. The temperature of your oil should be about 350 Fahrenheit to prevent burning the batter before the shrimp is cooked. I always recommend a temperature probe to eliminate any guesswork.

In the video below, I laid the shrimp in the oil with my hands, for demonstration purposes only. Do not attempt to do that – this was a controlled environment. Instead, gently place your coated shrimp in your oil – WITHOUT DROPPING AND SPLASHING – using a tong or chopsticks.

Showcasing how to ladle tempura batter

Creating the Spiky Appearance to Your Shrimp Tempura

Then, I used a spoon to ladle on additional tempura batter, while it was frying. This is to create that spiky look to your tempura, and thus, this step is optional. However, it is quite fun. Just keep handy a ladle with holes in it, to occasionally remove the excess tempura bits that will float on the surface. You don’t want the batter to burn and cause the oil to become bitter.

And that’s it. Follow along to the step-by-step pictures below for your easy shrimp tempura recipe.

Easy Shrimp Tempura Recipe

Recipe by Chef Samantha GeorgeCourse: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Easy


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  • Roland Tempura Batter Mix

  • Pellegrino Soda Water

  • Curry powder

  • Smoked Paprika

  • Garlic powder

  • Large RAW Peeled, de-veined shrimp (about 16-20)


  • Straighten shrimp by making tiny slits
  • Add 1 teaspoon of curry powder to tempura batter mix
  • Add soda water to tempura mix
  • Mix quite gently and lightly, not to make it perfectly consistent, but slightly lumpy
  • Dip first into some dry tempura mix
  • Then dip into the wet mix
  • Fry as shown in the video above
  • Make a powder mix of smoked paprika and garlic powder
  • Sprinkle on powder mix while tempura cools

Voila! Delicious Shrimp Tempura

I used soy sauce and Roland Foods sweet chilli sauce as the dipping sauce. Simple, easy and kid-friendly. Enjoy

an overhead image of about one dozen fried shrimp tempura placed on a wax paper with dipping sauce in the middle

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