Kakiage Don

Kakiage Don

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: donburi, tempura
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2
Author: Nami
Kakiage don is a delightful donburi with fried shrimp, vegetable tempura, and poured with home-made tempura sauce over rice.




  • 50 g all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • tsp kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 100 ml water (iced)
  • 1 tsp sake


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Kakiage Don Ingredients
  2. Heat all the ingredients for Sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
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  3. Cut vegetables into thin strips, about 2 inch long. They should all be roughly the same size. Soak sweet potatoes and gobo (burdock root) in water to prevent them from changing color. Also, marinate shrimps in sake for 10 minutes.
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  4. Heat the vegetable oil and sesame oil to 355F (180C) in a wok. While oil is heating up, start preparing Batter. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat egg yolk gently and add iced water and sake. It’s important to keep the batter icy cold at all time. The crispiness of Tempura comes from the temperature difference between hot oil and cold batter.
  6. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Using chopsticks, mix around the bowl just 10 times in circular motion. The key here is not to produce gluten in the flour. The batter can be lumpy and should be slightly runnier than regular tempura batter.
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  7. Add the shredded vegetables and shrimp in the empty bowl. Sprinkle with corn starch and coat the ingredients with chopsticks.
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  8. Pour the batter over the ingredients and mix.
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  9. When oil is 355F (180C), take a scoop of the ingredients with a mesh sieve and let the excess batter drip off.
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  10. Slowly slip the ingredients into oil. Keep the ingredients from separating and collect all the pieces into one big chunk with chopsticks. Deep fry until golden-brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
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  11. Re-heat Sauce. Prepare rice in Donburi bowl and pour just a little bit of the Sauce over warm rice. Keep the remaining Sauce in a small serving container (such as gravy boat) and pour on top of Kakiage when you are ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

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 in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.