Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce

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Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce is a tasty way to enjoy these popular gourmet peppers!  The beer batter requires only two ingredients and the dipping sauce comes together in two minutes!  The perfect appetizer for Beef Lettuce Wraps!

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This time of year, you’re probably seeing shishito peppers everywhere!  And, you’re probably wondering what to do with them.  Here’s the answer!  Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce!

The inspiration behind this recipe:

Every New Year’s Eve, my husband and I do vegetable and shrimp tempura.  It was one of my favorite meals at a Japanese restaurant in my hometown of Stevens Point that is no longer there.  I learned to make it after moving to Milwaukee because I missed it and when my husband and I met, I shared it with him and now he’s hooked, too!

When I saw them at my local grocery store in abundance, I thought of tempura so we could have a little restart to disastrous 2020!

Photo of of tempura shishito peppers on white parchment paper with black chopsticks.

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are an East Asian variety with a delicate crisp texture and generally mild, sweet flavor.  I say generally because one out of every ten or so packs a spicy kick!

Shishito peppers are available year-round, however, they’re at their best in late summer and early fall.  You’ll find them in Asian markets and this time of year, in many grocery stores.

You can eat them raw however a popular cooking method that really brings out their delicious flavor is to blister them at high heat.  Coating them in a light, lacy tempura batter accomplishes that but adds a delightfully crispy exterior that’s irresistible!

Photo of shishito peppers in white colander.

How to make Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce:

  • Gather up the sauce ingredients and combine:
    • Soy sauce (can also use coconut aminos or tamari)
    • Unseasoned rice vinegar
    • Chili garlic sauce (such as Huy Fong)
    • Fresh minced garlic
  • Set the sauce aside until needed so the flavors have time to blend.
Photo of ingredients for Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce in glass bowls.
  • Gather up the beer batter ingredients:
    • All-purpose flour
    • Beer
    • Yes, that’s IT!  This batter is very light!
Photo of ingredients for beer batter in glass bowls.
  • …And whisk them together.
Photo of beer batter being stirred in glass bowl with wire whisk.
  • Fill a deep fryer with oil that has a high smoke point such as canola, corn or peanut oil to a depth of at least 3 inches.  You can deep fry on the stovetop but I highly discourage that.  Keeping the temperature constant is much easier in a deep fryer.
  • Heat the oil to 375 degrees.
Photo of deep fryer with oil.
  • Drop the peppers into the batter and coat thoroughly.
Photo of shishito peppers being dipped into batter in glass bowl.
  • Then deep fry in batches until the coating is crisp and golden.
  • Place the finished peppers on a cooling rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to a low oven to keep warm while you deep fry the remaining peppers.
  • Or, cook them up in front of your guests and let them dig in immediately!
Photo of fried peppers on rack set over rimmed baking sheet.

Serve with the spicy garlicky dipping sauce for a fun, unique appetizer that your guests will love!

Photo of Beer Batter Tempura Shishito Peppers with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce with black chopsticks.
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Not a pepper fan?  You can also do beer batter tempura:

  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Onion
  • Asparagus

Be sure to try my Japanese Beef and Shishito Pepper Skewers, too!

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Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Beer Batter Shishito Pepper Tempura with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce is a tasty way to enjoy these popular gourmet peppers!  The beer batter requires only two ingredients and the dipping sauce comes together in two minutes!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 248 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dipping Sauce

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • Thinly sliced scallions - for garnish

Peppers

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12-ounce) beer
  • Canola oil - or corn or peanut oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 bags (8-ounce) shishito peppers

Instructions
 

Dipping Sauce

  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Peppers

  • Whisk the flour and beer together in a bowl.
  • Fill a deep fryer with oil to a depth of at least 3 inches.
  • Preheat the oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees.
  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  • Place a cooling rack over a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Place the peppers in the beer batter and coat each pepper thoroughly.
  • Working in batches of 6-8 peppers, fry the peppers until a light golden brown.
  • Transfer to the cooling rack and place it in the oven to keep warm.
  • Repeat with remaining peppers.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1704mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. These sound so fun! Ate a lot of Shishito leaves when in Japan, they have such a unique taste and texture. Keen to try make these.