Tempura Shrimp

Tempura Prawns

When I think of these, the first thing that comes to mind are the squabbles that inevitably comes along with them. These things disappear faster than you can cook them, which often results in heated discussions over who gets the last one and who stole more. I kid you not. My family meticulously counted how many there were on the plate and carefully divided the number equally in the interest in being fair, although that never stopped someone from eyeing someone else’s shrimp hopefully and asking if they wanted to share it. The answer was always a resounding ‘No!’.

Tempura Prawns

Some family members would lurk near the kitchen and steal a couple before it reached the table to get more than their fair share. My mom was a major culprit, sauntering casually to the kitchen once she smelled it cooking and plucking a couple from the paper towels they were resting on. My brother and sister didn’t have the guts to do the same thing; they knew they wouldn’t get away with it. Mom had exclusive tempura shrimp stealing rights.

I once had a guest over for dinner and served these babies up. We all sat down and enjoyed our meal and after he was done with his share, he got up and blatantly stole one from Mr. Cooking Jar’s plate. I would have been a little mortified if it wasn’t so funny. I decided to take it as a compliment.

Tempura Prawns

While my shrimps don’t look half as great as the fancy ones you see on cooking shows or restaurants, all stretched out majestically and bulked up with panko breadcrumbs, they still taste amazing. I’m a little shameless being prideful about it but if they weren’t all that great, we wouldn’t be fighting over it!

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Tempura Shrimp

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2


  • 8 jumbo sized prawns, shelled and deveined, tail on
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Carefully cut a deep line along the underside of the prawns and bend it backwards to make it straight. Alternatively, you can cut a couple of slits along the belly
  2. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and pepper with water and stir to remove lumps. Pour in sesame oil and stir to combine
  3. Over medium high heat, heat up oil for deep frying and wait till it is hot to prevent sticking
  4. Using the tails as handles, dip the prawns in the batter until fully coated, leaving the tails untouched
  5. Deep-fry the prawns until golden brown in small batches
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve hot
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins

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  • Reply
    March 26, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    I bought some jumbo shrimp from Trader Joes and made this recipe, it was awesome, between my husband and I we ate the whole 2 pounds 🙂 I love your recipes girl

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 26, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Wow, 2 whole pounds of crispy yum! You know, I was just thinking the other day how people need to make this cause it’s so yummy. I even thought of updating the picture to make it look more enticing. You seem to be picking all my favorites to cook! 🙂

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        January 5, 2016 at 1:05 PM

        don’t even mention your Rich Meat Sauce recipe that I make over and over again…..keep em coming Farah 🙂

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          The Cooking Jar
          January 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM

          It’s about that time of year! I’ve been thinking about making it again. I could use some comfort food right about now. It’s starting to get chilly here in FL. One whole crock pot of sauce just for me, oh yeah! Kidding, I’ll share with the hubs.

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    October 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    It’s 6:00 in the morning and my mouth is watering…..YUM

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