SUPER EASY SHRIMP TEMPURA RECIPE
Here is another simple dinner recipe that requires just 2 ingredients! All you need is shrimp (this recipe is for 50 medium sized shrimp) and tempura or panko (absorbs less oil) batter mix. If you like shrimp with a little more 'zing', mix into your batter some finely chopped jalapeno peppers or go simpler and milder with a couple of dashes of black pepper.
Heat up the cooking oil in a pan or pot on medium-high.
In a bowl, pour 1 cup of dry tempura mix.
In another bowl, combine 2 cups of tempura mix with 3 cups of water.
*The thinner the batter, the crispier and lighter the readied shrimp tempura. If you like a thicker batter, like fish and chips style, add less water until the batter has more of a pancake batter consistency.
Gently pat dry the prepared shrimp and toss them lightly in the dry mix until they are completely covered. Then transfer them into the prepared batter and cover thoroughly. Place them, one at a time, into the oil and gently tease them apart while cooking so as not to let them stick together in the pan. Transfer them onto a large plate. Tip: line the serving plate with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. That's it! Done!
If you have soy sauce, it makes a great dipping sauce. If you want to add some spice to it, mix a little wasabi into the soy sauce for an amazing explosion of tasty spice. Soooo good...
Variations on a Tempura Theme:
If you're not a fan of shrimp, vegetables and white fish also make yummy tempura. Sliced zucchini sticks tempura, sliced potato tempura, and baby carrot tempura are my favorites. I've never tried onions but the thought of it is appealing - let me know if you try this!
We eat this tasty shrimp alongside rice, and vegetables of the day. Simple and tasty.
Pro Mom Tip: prepare and pre-cook shrimp and freeze for future meal preps, When you know you'll need it for dinner that night, simply sit the frozen shrimp on the counter in the morning to thaw or zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds to defrost. Then, when it's time to cook dinner, no lengthy shrimp prep, just batter and cook, right away.
I hope you enjoy this simple meal hack as much as my family does!