Turn up the Tempura and Get the Party Started

With the festive season upon us, add an Asian twist to the traditional party spread with these tasty Japanese vegetable tempura.

Cooked in a deliciously light and crispy batter and dipped into a creamy home-made mayonnaise with an exotic yuzu tang, these tasty tit-bits make delightful finger food to accompany cocktails and conversation.

Easy to whip up, but dressed to impress, this is a go-to recipe when guests arrive unexpectedly. The batter can also be used with whatever’s in the fridge, such as seasonal vegetables, prawns or even leftover turkey and Brussels sprouts!

The Yutaka brand was first launched in 1995 and is the leading Japanese range in 16 countries across the globe. The exciting range includes sauces, sushi ingredients, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits – allowing the ardent foodie to create healthy, flavoursome and attractive Japanese cuisine at home.

For more information please visit www.yutaka.co/en/

Vegetable Tempura with Homemade Mayonnaise

 Serves 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


½ red pepper, cut into strips
½ aubergine, 1cm round slices
½ sweet potato, 1cm round slices
8 baby sweetcorn
8 stems of asparagus
1 litre rapeseed oil
220ml icy water
150g Yutaka Tempura Batter Mix or 85g flour mixed with 1 tbsp cornflour and 1 ½ tsp salt

For the yuzu mayonnaise:

2 egg yolk
200ml rapeseed oil
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp yuzu or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, grated

Prepare the vegetables and keep chilled until use.

To make the mayonnaise, whisk the egg yolks and a few drops of rapeseed oil until combined well. Repeat by adding the oil a tablespoon at a time and whisking, making sure the oil is combined well and the mixture has thickened before adding more oil. Then, mix in the grated garlic and season with sugar, salt and the yuzu or lemon juice, if using.

Pour 220ml of ice cold water into a mixing bowl and add 150g of the tempura batter mix. Stir quickly until the flour is moistened but do not over mix. The batter is perfect when small flour lumps appear at the surface of the batter mix.

In a saucepan, heat at least 5cm of oil to about 170-180°C or until a little batter dropped into the oil sizzles and floats to the surface. Dip the ingredients in the batter, and then drain to remove excess. Place gently into the hot oil and fry in batches until light golden brown on all sides.

Drain on a wire rack or paper towel and serve immediately with the mayonnaise.


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