Easy Japanese Recipes

Ten Don 天丼

Tempura Donburi | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Ten Don is a short name for Tempura Donburi (天ぷら丼ぶり), and it is usually written as Tendon (天丼).  If you are in Japan and see Tendon on the menu, don’t worry, it’s not “connective tissue” that’s being served :)

Like many of you, my family enjoys tempura and typically it’s dipped in tsu-yu or simply salt.  Today I want to introduce you to another way to enjoy tempura.

Tempura Donburi | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Ten Don is made of tempura on top of steamed rice in a bowl.  This ten don includes Shrimp Tempura and Vegetable Tempura.  Simply put steamed rice in a bowl, drizzle tentsuyu (tempura dipping sauce), and place tempura  pieces of your choice on top.  Here I placed the tempura in circular shape so that it looks more organized and appetizing.

Tempura Donburi | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I usually make a donburi dish when my children have lots of activities because donburi does not take much time to prepare.  I would make miso soup, salad, and a donburi dish like GyudonOyakodonUnadon (Unagi Don)Chicken Katsu DonTekka Don (Tuna Bowl)Salmon & Salmon Roe Don, or Soboro Don for the complete meal.  A typical donburi dish requires 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Crispy crunchy tempura on rice is simply delicious.  If you are eating leftover tempura on the following day, make sure to re-heat tempura in a toaster oven or oven.  DO NOT use a microwave to heat up because it will make them soggy.  Enjoy!


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Ten Don 天丼
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Serves: 1
  1. If you use leftover tempura from previous day, re-heat tempura pieces in the oven or oven toaster.
  2. Assemble tendon. Put steamed rice in a bowl, drizzle tempura sauce on the rice, and place tempura pieces on top.
Prep/Cook Time is only for assembling donburi and it does NOT include the prep/cook time for Shrimp Tempura and Vegetable Tempura. Please look at these recipes for more details because prep/cook time varies depends on serving size and ingredients of your choice.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


Posted in: One Dish Meals, Rice & Donburi, Seafood, Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Vegetarian & Vegan

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  • A_Boleyn March 17, 2014, 2:55 pm

    I’ve made tempura in the past and it’s a great technique but just too much work for one person on a regular basis. That’s one of the many reasons I go out for sushi.

    I should share the pictures I took from Saturday’s outing with my nephew. We really indulged ourselves. :)

  • Gintare @Gourmantine March 17, 2014, 2:57 pm

    I think the only time I have ever had tempura was when eating in a Japanese restaurant (shameful, I know especially since it tastes great). Love that first photo by the way ;)

  • Joyti March 17, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Agh! This looks so delicious. I’d probably never make it – frying in a tiny studio is pretty icky (smells, splatter)…but if I lived in a place with a proper kitchen it would be on the top of my “to make” list.

  • Libby March 17, 2014, 3:29 pm

    I love tendon! (and yes, when I first saw it written on the menu, I freaked out because it didn’t sound like a very appetising name for a dish – oh, how wrong I was!)

    I’ll be buying your book later today when I get a chance. I love your recipes!

  • Raymund March 17, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Wow I love tempura specially the prawns and sweet potatoes. I can easily over indulge on those.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 17, 2014, 4:12 pm

    I love tempura, what a delicious bowl! Wish this was dinner tonight :).

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 17, 2014, 5:24 pm

    tempura is one of my favorite but i never make it at home..

  • John@Kitchen Riffs March 17, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I love tempura! So this dish have my number. ;-) This looks terrific — such great texture, and so flavorful. Thanks for this.

  • ashley - baker by nature March 17, 2014, 7:44 pm

    What perfect timing for this! We just had tempura out last night and I was telling my boyfriend how badly I wish I knew how to make it at home! And now I do. You rock, Nami!

  • mjskit March 17, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Another great rice bowl Nami! I usually order tempura as an appetizer when we go for sushi, but it never comes with rice. Love that idea!

  • Eha March 17, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Altho’ I rarely fry anything I must admit that from the first time quite a few decades ago I saw tempura being prepared in Japan and had a chance to taste it, it did become a favourite I learned to make myself. Ignorant me has oft had it with rice to make a full meal without realizing that gave the dish a different name! Now I know :) !

  • Liz March 17, 2014, 9:09 pm

    LOL…I would worry just a bit if I saw “tendon” on the menu! But if this tempura is what I’d get, I wouldn’t hesitate to order! Gorgeous presentation, as always!!!

  • Jeannie Tay March 17, 2014, 11:02 pm

    Looks real appetising indeed, especially the prawns tempura but the vegetables are lovely as well:D

  • Bam's Kitchen March 17, 2014, 11:42 pm

    As spring approaches, I always look forward to having cold soba noodles and dipping sauce and tempura. I love your 天丼 dish. It is presented so lovely. I love visiting your site Nami-san as whenever I get home sick for living in Japan I come here and I feel at home again. Take Care, BAM

  • easyfoodsmith March 17, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Love tempura but I have never tried making it in my kitchen. The choice of veggies that you used is really wonderful.

  • Katerina March 18, 2014, 12:43 am

    I love tempura and this one with shrimps and veggies is right up my alley!

  • TheKitchenLioness March 18, 2014, 1:08 am

    Dear Nami, we do love tempura – shrimps and veggies sounds wonderful but if you serve this on rice and prepare it your way, I would definitely prepare it your way next time. It looks so delicious and tender and pretty – everybody will love this preparartion method! No doubt whatsoever!

  • Hotly Spiced March 18, 2014, 3:13 am

    I absolutely love tempura vegetables with the dipping sauce. There used to be a tapas bar near us that we would go to on a Friday night and I always ordered the tempura vegetables – so delicious! I must learn to cook them as well as you do! xx

  • Medeja March 18, 2014, 3:42 am

    I like danburi.. :) with anything

  • The Ninja Baker March 18, 2014, 4:35 am

    (笑) 天丼とけっていそしきは全く違うものですね。




  • Monica March 18, 2014, 4:44 am

    As usual, your food looks amazing and that is one perfect-looking bowl of ten don (funny about the “tendon :) ! The tempura is fried to perfection. I adore tempura and eating it like this and all the other ways you mentioned. I know what I’m craving for lunch today!

  • Kelly March 18, 2014, 4:54 am

    This looks so pretty Nami – I love tempura and yours looks way better than any restaurant! I love how pretty you always make your food and wish I was having this for dinner tonight – yum :)

  • Kitchen Belleicious March 18, 2014, 5:53 am

    this is truly one of my favorite things to get at a Japanese restaurant! I mean i just am obsessed with the differtn textures and layers of ingredients.

  • Kimmi March 18, 2014, 7:07 am

    Oh, how I wish this bowl was in front of me right now! =) Piping-hot shrimp tempura on a bed of rice is absolute bliss. Thanks for sharing the simple recipe with us.

    • Nami March 25, 2014, 9:24 am

      Thank you Kimmi! Yeah piping hot tempura sounds good right now… and still 9:30! :D

  • yummychunklet March 18, 2014, 7:33 am

    Love tempura! Yum!

  • Gina March 18, 2014, 7:58 am

    I saw tendon and was worried, lol. Not worried anymore, this sounds much more like my kind of dinner, love what you did with the purple potato. I need to mix things up and try this soon. Hope you are having a good week.

  • Belinda @zomppa March 18, 2014, 8:42 am

    One of my favorites!! It’s perfectly done.

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen March 18, 2014, 8:54 am

    Oh, yes, I do love tempura! And yours just made my day :)

  • Ayako L. March 18, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Hi Nami-san!
    Your Tendon looks so…so…GORGEOUS!
    Tenkomori!! :)
    I love ‘don’ dish, especially Tendon.
    This Tendon got everything I love on it!
    You even got a Renkon and Shiso leaf!!
    Wow…another amazing dish.

    • Nami March 20, 2014, 9:54 am

      Hi Ayako-san! Thank you! I love renkon and all the root vegetables for tempura. They are my favorite, more than shrimp tempura! And shiso leaf… yeah we need some green color in there! ;) Thank you for your comment!

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia March 18, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Oh I LOVE tempura. It is one of my favorite things to order when I go to Japanese restaurants. I love the idea of serving it over rice to make it more of a meal. :)

  • Lucy @ Lucyeats March 18, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Very beautiful, Nami. I love shrimp and eggplant tempura -I would love to come home to a bowl of tendon!

  • the Squishy Monster March 18, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Glad it’s not that sort of tendon =) This sounds scrumptious!

  • Choc Chip Uru March 18, 2014, 3:18 pm

    I adore tempura, it is almost an addiction :D
    Must make it at home!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Kate @ Diethood March 18, 2014, 5:07 pm

    MMMMMM! I want to eat the screen!

  • Amy (Savory Moments) March 18, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Tempura is something I’ve never made myself — I think I’ve only ever had it at Japanese restaurants. It’s delicious though and I’d like to try making it sometime.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce March 18, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Something that I enjoy from Japanese food are tempuras, I found delicious, also for sweets.

  • Kristy March 18, 2014, 6:55 pm

    This looks so good Nami. My kids love anything with tempura. I know they would even eat veggies this way! And yours always looks so professionally done.

  • Juliana March 18, 2014, 6:58 pm

    I love tempura, but do not make it often at home since I try to avoid deep frying…but always get it when dinning at Japanese restaurant…this dish looks delicious and so pretty Nami.
    Have a wonderful week my dear :D

  • Muna Kenny March 18, 2014, 7:21 pm

    I love when I have variety of food in my plate. Tempura is what I look for when in Japanese restaurant. It looks delicious Nami!

  • GourmetGetaways March 18, 2014, 10:52 pm

    As I was reading this story I realised I have never made a tempura batter! I will have to try some tempura vegetables for my children, I am sure they would love them.

  • Lynna March 19, 2014, 1:02 am

    I love anything tempura!! I love ordering this when I eat out at Japanese restaurants! :D

  • Vera March 19, 2014, 1:31 am


    The link in “1 serving Shrimp Tempura” in the Ingredients list above is currently http://justonecookbook.com/recipes/ten-don/Shrimp%20Tempura but it should be http://justonecookbook.com/recipes/shrimp-tempura instead

    • Nami March 27, 2014, 1:29 am

      Thanks so much Vera! Your comment was in Spam and just realized it and fixed the error. Thank you!!

  • Siti March 19, 2014, 1:52 am

    This looks sooo good..Imagine eating warm fluffy rice then take a bite of those crispy toppings..This makes me hungry..aish..I love kabocha the most.

    • Nami March 20, 2014, 9:59 am

      Hi Siti! Oh your description made me hungry! :D I like sweet potato the most!

  • Mich Piece of Cake March 19, 2014, 4:24 am

    This is one of my favourite dishes to order at Japanese restaurant – simply delicious. Yours looks so good!

  • Baby Sumo March 19, 2014, 5:23 am

    Hi Nami, this definitely looks very appetizing to me. My whole family loves tempura, but sadly since mummy dont deep fry stuff, we only eat this when we’re out. I will just admire your photos this time :)

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking March 19, 2014, 7:26 am

    Perfect lunch or dinner…looks absolutely divine and pictures are as always mouthwatering, Nami! I want that for my breakfast! haha

  • Coffee and Crumpets March 19, 2014, 10:09 am

    Tempura is one of my most favourite things and one I always order at a restaurant. I think this bowl with the rice will quickly became a favourite!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 19, 2014, 1:55 pm

    This ten don looks so beautiful. yeah my mind went to connective tissue at first lol. Glad it is not. Love the idea of having many tempura items over rice. Looks like a great meal. Yours pics are stunning on this one.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 19, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Tempura is one of my (many) weaknesses this pregnancy! What a gorgeous plate you put together, Nami!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 19, 2014, 2:06 pm

    Love tempura and now I get to make this at home. Hopefully soon, because my stomach is growling :D

    ps: love the new blog layout, Nami!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 19, 2014, 8:43 pm

    We love tempura so much! Nami, by any chance do you know or have you ever tried using a different flour than the wheat one? Thanks!:)

    • Nami March 20, 2014, 10:02 am

      Hi Nancy! I haven’t tried but I’ve heard some people use rice flour instead. :) I also want to thank you for pinning my Tempura!

      • Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 24, 2014, 1:11 pm

        Thank you for the reply, Nami! I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

  • rumela March 20, 2014, 12:13 am

    This is such a yummy stuff!! I love Tempura but at home I never get the perfect one, will surely try your recipe … BTW, love the pictures as well!

  • Vicki Bensinger March 21, 2014, 6:15 am

    I haven’t had tempura in years but always loved it. Now I can make it, thanks to you!

  • Ramona March 26, 2014, 3:49 am

    I love this… tempura is one of my favorite things to eat at a Japanese restaurant. I could eat the entire bowl and be a happy camber. :)

  • rika@vm March 29, 2014, 10:44 am

    That Vegetable Tempura looks so good – I haven’t had it for awhile but would love to make some! So delicious, Namiko!

  • Charles April 1, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Mmm, you had me at tempura… no further description necessary. It’s the greatest invention ever! And tempura fried lotus root… oh. my. God?! I had a horrible surprise though… I had a pack of lotus root and decided to eat a piece on its own (it was pre-cooked). It was so… bleurgh! How can it transform so much when it’s surrounded in crispy golden tempura batter?!