5 Typical Ways to Eat Tempura that Japanese prefer

Tempura is one of the most famous Japanese foods in the world. The traditional Japanese food is made by deep-frying ingredients coated with batter. Typical ingredients of Tempura include seafood, vegetables, and mushrooms. If you have a chance to enjoy a traditional Japanese course dinner at Japanese restaurants, the course dinner generally includes Tempura and it is served with a dipping sauce for Tempura “Tentsuyu (天つゆ)”.

5 Typical Ways to Eat Tempura that Japanese prefer

Other than having Tempura at Japanese restaurants, Japanese sometimes make and eat the deep-fried food at home. The way of eating Tempura at home varies depending on each person and the household, but there are some typical ways to eat Tempura that Japanese prefer. Therefore, today I want to introduce how to eat Tempura with various seasonings Japanese often use.

Sprinkle 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

Image : o-hama.jp Kikkoman – Ponzu sauce

Some Japanese prefer eating Tempura dipping in Ponzu sauce. As you may know, the Japanese sauce is made from citrus fruit juice, soy sauce and brewed vinegar. This method is recommended if you want to eat Tempura in a refreshing way. It is also good to add grated daikon radish to the sauce.

Put Worcestershire sauce

Eating Tempura with Worcestershire sauce is one of the most basic ways most Japanese prefer. Especially, Worcester sauce matches best with deep-fried oyster and deep-fried prawn.

Dip in Tentsuyu sauce

Eating Tempura dipping in Tentsuyu sauce is also one of the most basic ways to eat Tempura as I wrote above. Japanese usually make Tentsuyu with a Japanese soup base. For example, here is a popular easy Tentsuyu sauce recipe from cookpad.com, a popular Japanese recipe website.

Tentsuyu Sauce Recipe (1 serving)
Ingredient Quantity
Soy sauce 1/2 tablespoon
Mirin 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 mixture for about 30 seconds
  3. Enjoy Tempura with this Tentsuyu sauce

Put soy sauce

Tempura was created In the Edo period (1603 – 1868), and the Japanese people at that time ate the deep-fried ingredient, putting soy sauce. Hence, eating Tempura with soy sauce is a traditional manner. Even now many Japanese love this way of eating.


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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