The classic ultra-light batter is perfect with prawns for a light snack with drinks or as part of a Japanese feast.
Ingredients (serves 6-8):
For the batter..
75g/2½oz plain flour
1 Free-range egg, lightly beaten
188ml/6½fl oz beer
For the prawn tempura...
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
50g/2oz plain flour
1.5kg/3lb 5oz uncooked king prawns, shells
Soy sauce, to serve
- For the batter, sift the cornflour and flour together into a medium bowl.
- Make a well in the centre and add the egg and beer and whisk from the centre outwards, until just combined (it is okay if the batter is a little lumpy). Allow the batter to stand for a few minutes in a cool place.
- Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
- Place the flour onto a plate and dredge the prawns into it to cover well. Dip the prawns into the batter and carefully add to the hot oil to deep-fry in batches for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
- Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
- Serve in bowls with a bowl of soy sauce for dipping.
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