Shishito Tempura (Japanese Fried Shishito Peppers)

Shishito Tempura (Japanese Fried Shishito Peppers)

Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 Servings


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3/4 cup ice water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup cake flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 15-20 shishito peppers


  • Pour the oil in a large saucepan or wok to about 2 inches deep and heat to 360 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the water and egg yolk until frothy. Whisk in the flour and cornstarch until just combined, but not completely smooth, no more than a minute.
  • Dip a pepper into the batter to coat completely, then place in the heated oil. Repeat with more peppers, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry until golden on all sides, 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a towel-lined plate or rack. Repeat with remaining peppers, letting the oil get back to 360 degrees F between batches.
  • Serve immediately with tentsuyu or desired dipping sauce.