These tempura vegetables are coated in a light batter, shallow fried to crispy perfection, and served with a savory-sweet soy sesame dipping sauce.
Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda (for beer tempura only) together in a medium bowl
Whisk in the beer or seltzer water until the ingredients are completely blended.
Pour about ¼ inch of oil into a large skillet and place it over medium heat.
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.
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.
Repeat the process, adding as many veggies to the skillet as you can fit without crowding.
Fry the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until crispy.
Transfer the tempura vegetables to a paper towel-lined plate to drain when they're finished frying.
Continue dipping and frying the vegetables, adding oil to the skillet as needed.
Serve your tempura vegetables immediately, with the dipping sauce on the side.
Nutrition information is for recipe using seltzer water.