• Shrimp Tempura Salad


Shrimp Tempura Salad

By Andrew Zimmern

Shrimp Tempura Salad


Shrimp Tempura

  • 1 pound u-15 sized shrimp
  • 6 cups soybean oil
  • 3 cups cake flour, plus some extra for dusting
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of ice water

Ginger Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 lb peeled carrots (2-3 medium), coarsely chopped, blanched for 60 seconds and shocked in ice water, drained and dried well
  • 1 cup soybean oil
  • 1/4 cup peeled, chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 8 fresh shiso leaves (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste

Assembly: Any or all of…

  • 2 or 3 sliced blanched and cooled carrots
  • 1 cup cooked fresh cleaned soybeans (eda made)
  • 1/2 pound of blanched and cooled string beans
  • 2 cups diced firm tofu
  • 6 small heads of baby bok choy, blanched and cooled
  • Lettuces
  • Arugula
  • Watercress
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste


To make the shrimp tempura. Peel and de-vein shrimp, leaving the tail attached. Cut off the tips of the tails to avoid water splatter when frying. Make 3 shallow ‘nicks’ with a sharp knife on the belly side of each shrimp to prevent curling during frying. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Beat one egg in a quart measuring vessel and add enough ice water to make ¾ cup. Transfer this mixture to a work bowl and add ¾ cup cake flour. Mix several times with a pair of chopsticks, do not over-stir.

Dust shrimp one at a time in the spare flour. Then dip into the batter, keeping the tail clean, and shake off any excess batter. Fry 2 to 3 pieces at a time until golden and crispy. Make extra batter as needed.

Serve with the ginger vinaigrette.

To make the salad. Lay the vegetables, carefully arranged on 4 plates or family style. Then place some cut tofu on top. Dress with the vinaigrette and add the tempura. Garnish with the herbs and toasted sesame seeds

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