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How To Prepare Shrimp For Shrimp Tempura & Ebi Fry

How To Prepare Shrimp for Shrimp Tempura | Easy Japanes Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Prep:

  • Prawns or large shrimp
  • 1 skewer/toothpick
  • a small bowl
  • corn starch
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sake or rice wine

Directions:

1. Pull off the head if it is still attached.  Pull off the outer shell.  Keep the last segment of shell and the tail tip on.

Prep Shrimp 1

2. Devein the back of shrimp with a skewer.  The vein runs right along the back.  Insert the tip of skewer sideways about 1/2 inch down from the head of the shrimp and pull the skewer tip up towards you.  This will lift up the vein and you can pull off the vein with the skewer or with your hand.  If vein is broken, then insert again a bit lower towards the tail.  If you can’t find the vein, then don’t worry about it.

Prep Shrimp 2

3. Make a couple of slits underside.  Hold the shrimp with both hands and bend it backwards (belly-up) to make it straight.  Straighten the shrimp as much as possible in order to get the desired shape.

Prep Shrimp 3

4. Cut the tip of the shrimp tail as you see below.

Prep Shrimp 4

5. Remove dirty water in the tail by holding the tip of the knife down on the tail and moving it from left to right (see #1) squeezing the water out from the cut tip.  If you skip this process, water retained in the tail might create splatter in the oil.  Then take off the shell from the middle tail.  You just need to pull it out (see #2).

Prep Shrimp 5

6. Sprinkle some corn starch and coat the shrimp.  Corn starch will absorb the smell and dirt from the shrimp.  Rinse the shrimp in the water.

Prep Shrimp 6

7. Add 1-2 Tbsp. of sake and rub with hands.  Discard the liquid after 10 minutes (no need to rinse).

Prep Shrimp 7

8. It’s done!

Prep Shrimp 8

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  • Bam's Kitchen December 11, 2012, 2:57 am

    I am going to follow your directions to the “T” next time to try to get my Ebi straight. I have tried other measure before and to no avail… Yours are beautifully straight.

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    • Nami December 16, 2012, 1:49 am

      I’m glad this How To was helpful! Thank you Bam! :)

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  • ursula December 15, 2012, 1:51 am

    Looks good!

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    • Nami December 16, 2012, 1:50 am

      Thank you ursula! :)

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  • Armie December 16, 2012, 2:04 am

    Wow! Such easy to follow this thank you. My daughter loves shrimp tempura because of the “crunchy-ness.” I am going to make this for her. Just hope it’ll come out all nicely straight. Thank you!!

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    • Nami December 16, 2012, 2:10 am

      Hope your daughter enjoys it as much as my son does. :) When you are straightening, it looks like shrimp is going to tear or break… but don’t worry. You really need to “pull up” and push the shrimp with your thumbs to make it straight. If it’s still curls up, just repeat… Hope this helps!

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  • Ngoc January 25, 2013, 5:56 am

    Love the way you show us in detail steps & pics. Thanks! :)

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    • Nami January 25, 2013, 10:25 pm

      Hi Ngoc! Thank you so much! Happy to hear you think this is useful! :)

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  • Toya January 28, 2013, 3:10 pm

    Due to a severe allergy to avacado I find myself skipping my beloved sushi, but I don’t have to. I can just make my own. This guide has been very informative and helpful I can’t wait to try it.

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    • Nami January 29, 2013, 12:41 am

      Hi Toya! When I think of sushi, avocado is the least ingredient to think of, maybe because I usually eat “nigiri sushi” and not sushi rolls. :) I’m glad to hear this tutorial was helpful. Thank you so much for your kind feedback!

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  • Jo Panumpang March 15, 2013, 4:34 am

    Hi I love to try this, is their an alternative for sake?

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    • Nami March 15, 2013, 8:19 pm

      Hi Jo! If you are trying to avoid alcohol, then I can’t think of any alternative. But if you just don’t have sake, then use dry white wine. That’ll help. Basically you want to get rid of fishy smell and flavor by soaking them in alcohol. Hope this helps!

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  • milkteaxx September 18, 2013, 8:48 pm

    thanks for such practical tips!

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  • luz divina February 1, 2014, 9:57 pm

    I really understand the steps..and I guess my students will also understand too…

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    • Nami February 1, 2014, 11:16 pm

      Thank you Luz! :)

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