Prawn Tempura Goujons

I think this dish is an easy transition dish into the world of Japanese food. I love this recipe because it's versatile.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: family friendly, goujons, prawn tempura
Servings: 4
Author: Fiona Uyema


  • 400 g large king prawns
  • vegetable oil for frying

Tempura Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp dashi stock (instant or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce shop
  • ginger or daikon grated

Tempura Batter

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 cup plain flour


For the Dipping Sauce

  • Pour a cup of water into a small saucepan. Add the dashi stock, mirin and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat and add the soy sauce. Remove from the heat after a few minutes.
  • Put the tempura dipping sauce in a serving bowl and add the grated ginger or Daikon, if using, to taste.

For the Tempura Batter

  • Place the egg in a medium-sized bowl and beat using chopsticks or whisk.
  • Pour the ice cold water into the bowl and mix with the egg.
  • Sieve the plain flour into the water and egg mix. Mix lightly leaving small lumps in the mixture (at this stage you could sit the medium sized bowl filled with the batter into a larger bowl filled with ice to keep the batter cold).

For the prawns

  • Remove the head and the shell, leave the tail and de-vein using a tooth pick. Then, make a few little cuts with a sharp knife on the belly and back of the prawn and pull the prawn to straighten.
  • Place the prawns on a large plate and dust lightly with sieved flour on both sides.

How to cook tempura

  • Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius. To check the oil is hot enough, drop a small bit of batter into the oil and if it comes up right away then the oil temperature is ok.
  • Gently dip a prawn into the batter, shake off the excess batter and place in the oil. Only fry a few prawns in the oil at the time to ensure that the oil temperature remains hot. The prawns should be turned only a few times until they have a nice light golden colour. This usually takes a few minutes.
  • Place the fried tempura on a plate lined with kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve this dish immediately with the dipping sauce. I normally serve the tempura on a large serving plate with the dipping sauce so everyone can help themselves. I generally serve each guest a bowl of Japanese white rice also.


  1. Add a dash of sake (Japanese rice wine) or even Guinness for an Irish twist to the batter mix to add taste and also to make the batter more crispy. 
  2. Place the water in the freezer until it is very cold before mixing with the egg. This helps make the batter light and crispy.
Why not?
Try tempura with a bowl of soba noodles or udon noodles instead of rice.
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