5 Typical Ways to Eat Tempura in Japan

Tempura is one of the most famous Japanese foods in the world, which is made by coating one piece of ingredient with flour batter and deep-frying it in plenty of oil. Typical ingredients of Tempura include seafood, vegetables, and mushrooms.

If you have a chance to enjoy a traditional course dinner “Kaiseki (会席)” at a Japanese restaurant, the course dinner usually includes Tempura, which is served with a dipping sauce “Tentsuyu (天つゆ)“.

How to Eat Tempura

In addition to eating Tempura at restaurants, Japanese sometimes make the deep-fried food at home.

Unlike having Tempura in restaurants, how to eat Tempura at home varies depending on each person and the household.

Nevertheless, there are some typical ways of eating Tempura that many Japanese love. Therefore, today I want to introduce them.

With Salt

Tempura with Matcha Salt Youki Uji Matcha Salt

Many Japanese like to eat Tempura with salt. Although basically we sprinkle general salt on the deep-fried food, a recommended way is to use Matcha salt that mainly consists of Matcha green tea powder and salt. In fact, some Japanese restaurants serve Tempura with Matcha salt.

Dip in Ponzu Sauce

Tempura with Ponzu SauceImage : o-hama.jp Kikkoman Ponzu Sauce

Some Japanese like eating Tempura dipping in Ponzu, the Japanese sauce made with citrus fruit juice, soy sauce and brewed vinegar. This method is recommended if you want to eat Tempura that is refreshing in taste. Additionally, it is also good to add grated daikon radish to the sauce.

Put Worcestershire Sauce

Tempura with Worcester Sauce
Eating Tempura with Japan’s Worcestershire sauce is one of the most beloved eating manners of Tempura in Japan. Especially, the Worcester sauce matches best with deep-fried oyster and prawn.

Dip in Tentsuyu Sauce

Tempura with Tentsuyu Sauce

Eating Tempura dipping in Tentsuyu sauce is also one of the most common ways to eat Tempura in Japan. Japanese usually make Tentsuyu with soy sauce, Mirin, and Dashi soup stock, like this recipe from cookpad.com.

Tentsuyu Sauce Recipe (1 serving)
Ingredient Quantity
Soy sauce 1/2 tablespoon
Mirin sweet cooking rice wine 1/2 tablespoon
Hondashi soup base (Amazon.com) A little amount
Water 2 tablespoons
  1. Put all the ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Microwave the liquid for about 30 seconds
  3. Enjoy Tempura with the Tentsuyu sauce

Put Soy Sauce

Tempura with Soy Sauce

It is said that the origin of Tempura dates back to over 300 years ago. In the ancient time, the Japanese ate the deep-fried food with soy sauce, and even now, many Japanese love this traditional way of eating Tempura.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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