Simple Shrimp Tempura

Want to serve a romantic fondue dish other than cheese or chocolate? Try cooking this recipe in a fondue pot. It can also be prepared in a deep-fat fryer or a wok.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 3⁄4 lb. large shrimp (about 16 shrimp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • About 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying


  • Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Rinse the shrimp in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • To prepare the batter, combine the egg with 3⁄4 cup of the ice-cold water. Slowly stir in 1 cup of the flour, adding as much of the remaining 1⁄4 cup of water as is necessary, until the batter has the thin, runny consistency of pancake batter. Do not worry about lumps of flour in the batter.
  • Heat the oil in an electric fondue pot, deep-fat fryer, or other appliance that is safe for deep-frying. Lightly dust the shrimp in the remaining 1⁄4 cup of flour. Dip the shrimp in the batter and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain the shrimp on paper towels.