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Easy Tempura Vegetables
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These tempura vegetables are coated in a light batter, shallow fried to crispy perfection, and served with a savory-sweet soy sesame dipping sauce.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: beer tempura
Servings: 6
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
For the Batter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups seltzer water or beer (pale ale, pilsner, or another light beer), chilled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder — only use if making beer tempura
For the Tempura Vegetables
  • ½ cup peanut oil, or another high smoke point oil such as canola, plus more as needed
  • 1 small sweet potato, sliced into ¼ inch thick slabs
  • 1 small broccoli crown, broken into small florets
  • 10 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
  • ½ large onion, sliced into thin strips or rings
Make the Soy Sesame Dipping Sauce
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Make the Batter
  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda (for beer tempura only) together in a medium bowl

  2. Whisk in the beer or seltzer water until the ingredients are completely blended.

Fry the Vegetables
  1. Pour about ¼ inch of oil into a large skillet and place it over medium heat.

  2. Give the oil a few minutes to heat up. When it begins to shimmer, test it by dropping in a small amount of batter into the skillet. If it starts to sizzle within a few seconds, the oil is ready.

  3. When the oil is ready, dip one of your veggies into the batter, coating all sides. Shake off any excess batter, then transfer the veggie to the hot oil.

  4. Repeat the process, adding as many veggies to the skillet as you can fit without crowding.

  5. Fry the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until crispy.

  6. Transfer the tempura vegetables to a paper towel-lined plate to drain when they're finished frying.

  7. Continue dipping and frying the vegetables, adding oil to the skillet as needed.

  1. Serve your tempura vegetables immediately, with the dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is for recipe using seltzer water.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tempura Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.9g29%
Saturated Fat 3.2g16%
Sodium 513mg21%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 33.8g11%
Fiber 3.3g13%
Sugar 4.7g5%
Protein 5.8g12%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.