Ultimate Tempura Batter

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

I got this recipe out of an authentic Japanese Cuisine book, I tried it because it was simple and seemed legit and it was WONDERFUL! My whole, non-cultural family loved it, even my brother who hardly eats anything (besides mac & cheese and McDonald's) said it was awesome!


  1. In a large bowl place the egg yolks.
  2. Add iced water gradually, stirring (preferably with hashi(chopsticks)) and blending well.
  3. Add flour all at once, stir BRIEFLY; that is well enough to coat but leave the lumps and bumps!
  4. To fry vegetables heat a large frying pan with a half-inch oil (or more if necessary) and heat on high.
  5. Coat selected large vegetables in batter and fry for a minute or two on each side.
Most Helpful

To schmoot: Tempura is meant to be eaten with a dipping sauce or with noodles and broth. There's your flavor.

Shadow600 August 27, 2014

WHERE'S THE FLAVOR? I mean this is just flour and eggs and water, I could have done that without looking it up. Frankly it worked but it was bland, tasteless and lacking imagination. I'm severely disappointed

schmooot April 17, 2013

This was a very good recipe, and for some reason I think mixing it up with a chopstick makes a difference. Maybe since you have to stir harder to get the egg yolk to combine then it gets more air into it. The batter was light and crisp and not at all greasy.

nbrush September 22, 2012