Sunday, August 21, 2011


Tempura is a Japanese word to describe food that has been cut into bite-size pieces, coated with batter, fried in oil, and served with one or more sauces. It is a fun dish to make at home and is really delicious. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Foods suitable for tempura are:
- Cubed scallops
- Shrimp
- Pork, cubed and precooked
- Mushrooms
- Onions sliced into rings
- Broccoli florets
- Celery sliced diagonally
- Fresh spinach leaves
- Cauliflower florets
- Carrots sliced diagonally
- Bell peppers cut into cubes
- Water chestnuts sliced
- Green beans
- Snow pea pods

Here is how:
1. Select the vegetables and proteins and prepare them by washing and drying them well with paper towels. This will allow the batter to adhere properly.

2. Arrange the selected foods on a platter.

3. For the batter, combine and beat until smooth:
- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 1 large egg

4. Prepare the sauces. Some sauces that can be bought are: gluten free tamari, horseradish sauce, gluten free sweet and sour sauce, and gluten free hoisin sauce. In addition, I made hot mustard sauce and plum sauce.
      A. Hot Mustard Sauce:
- 3 Tbs. rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup dry mustard

     B. Plum Sauce:
- 1 cup plum preserves
- 1/2 cup mango chutney
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. rice vinegar

5. Heat 2-3 cups of vegetable oil in a wok to the temperature of 400 degrees.

6. Use tongs or chopsticks and dip the food into the batter. Allow it to drain briefly, then drop the food into the hot oil. When done on one side, turn and brown it on the other side. Total frying time is usually 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the food. Thinly sliced vegetables should be cooked only 1 minute.

7. Remove from the oil, cool on a plate covered in paper towels and serve with the sauces and rice.

Here is to fun cooking at home! xo

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