Tempura Shrimp

This light and crispy batter is perfect for any type of fried seafood (just check out our Fish 'n Chips recipe!) While it takes a little finesse and patience, the result is SO worth it! Serves 4 as a main dish, or 8 as an appetizer.

Serves: 2

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl; only adding the 1/4 of cassava to start.
  2. Pour in the fish sauce, coconut aminos, and sparkling water while whisking to combine. If batter is too loose, add a tablespoon of cassava at a time until the batter is about as thick as pancake batter (it should coat the whisk).
  3. Choose a pot with high walls and a small diameter to maximize oil depth for frying. Add enough coconut oil (or lard, or your choice of cooking fat) to have a minimum depth of 3" of oil. Heat to 320 degrees Fahrenheit, monitoring the temperature with a candy thermometer.
  4. Clean and peel the shrimp, removing all shell and only leaving the tail on. De-vein the shrimp.
  5. Prepare a wire rack over a cookie sheet to allow fried shrimp to drain.
  6. Dip the shrimp in the batter to coat, one at a time. Slowly lower into the hot oil, holding the shrimp by the tail, and allowing the batter to being to fry before releasing the shrimp. This will prevent the shrimp from sticking to the pot.
  7. Working with only 2-3 shrimp in the pot at a time, cook the shrimp for about 3 minutes, until the batter is golden brown. Place on a wire rack to drain. Repeat until all shrimp are fried.


You can make the Tempura Dipping Sauce before, during, or after frying the shrimp. If you have a helper, having them make it while you fry the shrimp is probably best (though challenging if you're on your own).

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Recipe Info

  • Difficulty
  • prep:30 minutes
  • cook:40 minutes
  • Show nutritional information
    This is our estimate based on online research.
    Fat:10 g
    Carbohydrates:73 g
    Protein:93 g
    Calculated per serving.

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  1. Marion
    September 26, 2016

    I made this tonight, doubled the recipe but subbed coconut flour instead of cassava, a little less required when adding, no more than 3 teaspoons. I used lard instead of coconut oil for frying. Used up so much veg (carrots, broccoli, green beans, capsicum), some prawns…. perfect Monday night dinner. Crunchy and light. Thank you.

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