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Gluten Free Tempura

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: crispy tempura, gluten free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami
Yes, you can now make Gluten Free Tempura with crispy batter at home. This recipe will show you how.
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Ingredients

For Tempura

For Tempura Batter

For Tempura Dipping Sauce

  • ¾ cup dashi (3/4 cup = 200 ml) (I use awase dashi. Kombu dashi for vegetarian)
  • 3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp mirin (make sure it’s Hon-mirin, not Aji-mirin, See Note)

Instructions

  1. Gather all the ingredients.

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Tempura Dipping Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, add 3 Tbsp. mirin. Bring it to boil over medium high heat to let the alcohol evaporate.
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  2. Once boiling, add ¾ cup (200 ml) dashi and 3 Tbsp. gluten-free soy sauce and bring it to boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and set aside.
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Prepping Ingredients:

  1. Using a spoon, scoop the seeds from kabocha. Without peeling the skin, cut the kabocha in half widthwise, then cut each half into 1/8 inch (4 mm) slices.
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  2. Cut the sweet potato into ⅛ inch (4 mm) slices and soak in water to remove starch for 10 minutes.
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  3. After soaking for 10 minutes, pat dry with paper towel to remove the moisture.
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  4. Make a couple of small slits on the okra’s skin. This will prevent okras from exploding while deep frying. Also, trim the end of green beans if it’s not done yet. Keep the eggplant uncut for now (See Note).
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  5. Now it’s time to peel and devein shrimp. For tempura, we remove the last segment of shell but keep the tail tip on. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the shrimp’s back.
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  6. If you see the vein, remove and discard.
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  7. Optionally, you can soak the shrimp in 1-2 Tbsp. sake to remove unwanted smell.
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  8. Lay the shrimp on its side and cut the tip of tail diagonally (see picture on left). This will create V shape when you open the tail (see the picture on right). Remove moisture that is trapped in the tail by scraping the tail with the knife. This will prevent oil splatter from water retained in the tail.
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  9. Make a couple of slits underside. Hold the shrimp with both hands and bend it backwards (belly-up) until you hear “pop” sound in each segment Straighten the shrimp as much as possible.
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Tempura Batter:

  1. In a medium bowl over a kitchen scale, add an egg (usually 40-50 g). Then pour water until the egg + water mixture weighs 200 grams. Alternatively, add the egg in a 1-cup measuring cup. Whisk and add water until you have ¾ cup (200 ml) of egg and water mixture.
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  2. Mix well and then add ½ cup (80 g) rice flour. Whisk until you see no more lumps of rice flour. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to deep fry.
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Deep Frying:

  1. Bring 4 cups (960 ml) vegetable oil to 340F (170C). We’ll start deep frying from hard ingredients because they will take longer time to cook. Make sure to dry all the ingredients with paper towel so that moisture won’t dilute the tempura batter. Whisk the tempura butter vigorously (See Note).
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  2. Coat the sweet potato slices with batter and deep fry at 340F (170C) for 3 minutes. Do not overcrowd the surface of the oil. Keep the ingredients in a single layer, without overlapping. I put 4 pieces of sweet potato in my deep fryer at a time.
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  3. Once they are deep fried, shake off excess oil and transfer to a wire rack (or a plate lined with paper towel). Continue with the rest of sweet potatoes. Before moving to next ingredient, ALWAYS pick up crumbs on the oil (See Note).
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  4. Next up, kabocha. Whisk the tempura batter first, coat the kabocha slices with the batter, and deep fry at 340F (170C) for 3 minutes.
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  5. Next we’ll deep fry okras and green beans. Whisk the batter, coat the okras/green beans, and deep fry at 340F (170C) for 2 minutes.
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  6. Next we’ll deep fry eggplants. Make sure the oil is kept at the desired temperature. Quickly, but carefully, you will cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. If the eggplant is long, cut each half into 2 equal size pieces.
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  7. Leaving ¾ inch (2 cm) on one end, make a 5-6 slits on the skin lengthwise, like a fan shape. This is a typical preparation for eggplant tempura.
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  8. Whisk the batter, coat the eggplant, and deep fry at 340F (170C) for 2 minutes.
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  9. We use clean oil for vegetables first, then we finish deep frying with seafood as seafood has more flavor. You don’t want the vegetables to have shrimp flavors. Whisk the batter, coat the shrimp, and deep fry at 340F (170C) for 2 minutes.
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  10. Serve immediately with a dipping sauce and grated daikon. You can also serve tempura with sea salt (or green tea sea salt) instead of dipping sauce.
  11. For best tasting experience (texture and flavor), tempura is highly recommended to be consumed immediately after deep frying. However, if you can’t finish everything, put it in an airtight container after tempura is cooled and store till next day in the fridge. Use a toaster oven or oven to re-heat but do not use a microwave to reheat (otherwise tempura will get soggy).

Recipe Notes

Hon-mirin is made by fermenting sweet rice and contains nothing else. Aji-mirin or seasoned mirin may include wheat. You can substitute mirin with (sake/dry sherry/Chinese rice wine) + sugar. Use this as guide: 1 Tbsp. mirin = 1 Tbsp. sake + 1 tsp. sugar.

Keep the eggplant uncut until you’re ready to deep fry because they will change the color as soon as you cut them. Since we’re deep frying today, we will not soak the cut eggplants in water to remove bitterness as you would normally do to prepare eggplants.

Whisk the tempura batter vigorously every time you are ready to dredge the ingredients in the tempura batter. The bubbly tempura batter will help achieve crispy, light tempura shell around the vegetables/shrimps. Plus, rice flour will separate from water and stay at the bottom if you don’t whisk the mixture.

Pick up tempura crumbs in the oil between batches. The burnt crumb will attach to your tempura if you don’t clean them up, and oil will get darker once the crumbs become burnt and it leaves a bad flavor in the oil.

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