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How To Prepare Shrimp For Shrimp Tempura & Ebi Fry

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    Do you like Shrimp Tempura and Ebi Fry and wonder why the shrimps are so straight?

    How do we make this signature shape? It’s very easy to do! I’ll show you how to do it in the step by step tutorial here.

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    How To Prepare Shrimp for Shrimp Tempura | Easy Japanes Recipes at
    How To Prepare Shrimp For Shrimp Tempura & Ebi Fry
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
    Do you like Shrimp Tempura and Ebi Fry and wonder why the shrimps are so straight?
    Course: How to
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: ebi, shrimp tempura
    Author: Namiko Chen
    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 ½ 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 potato/corn starch and coat the shrimp. Potato/corn starch will absorb the smell and dirt from the shrimp. Rinse the shrimp under running 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. Now it's ready for Shrimp Tempura or Ebi Fry.
      Prep Shrimp 8
    Recipe Notes

    Equipment you will need:

    • 1 skewer/toothpick
    • A small bowl



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