Homemade Shrimp Tempura

Homemade Shrimp Tempura

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Total time 45 mins
Recipe type: Dinner/Appetizer

This Homemade Shrimp Tempura is a recipe from my father-in-law, who is a retired chef for a 5-star restaurant in Dubai. His recipe is, by far, the best one my family has ever tried.


  • ½ lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 quarts oil for deep frying
  • 2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup ice water
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 5 ice cubes


  1. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all-purpose flour, ice water, cornstarch, egg, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Once completely mix, add ice cubes to the batter. This is the secret to allowing the batter to stay fresh and to prevent the batter from becoming sticky.
  3. In a separate bowl, pour the remaining all-purpose flour.
  4. Coat all the shrimps with flour. Dip the shrimp into the batter to coat one at a time. Place a few shrimps in the hot oil. Deep fry for 1 minute or until all sides are golden brown.
  5. Remove tempura from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve as hot and crispy.