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yam tempura

This was my first time attending Lauren’s annual Toyota family picnic and I was really eager to try my hand at some tasty traditional japanese cuisine. Lauren made most of the vegan japanese feast with gomae, vegan yakisoba, and cold tofu. But I know that fried food is always a crowd pleaser so I decided to tackle what I already know… yam tempura. It’s easier to make than you think!

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yam tempura

yam tempura is one of my favorite dishes and it's easier to make than you think!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword tempura, vegan tempura, yam, yam tempura
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 3 yams, cubed
  • 3 C brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 C cold soda water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 C vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Pre-heat your vegetable oil in a deep flat-bottomed pot or deep fryer to 365°F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine rice flour, paprika, chilli powder, salt and pepper. The most important part is that the soda water must be cold before incorporating it into the batter. The colder the batter the lighter and crispier the texture. Only add the cold soda water to the rice flour mixture when the frying oil has reached it's cooking temperature. Fold it into the batter with a spatula a few times. Do not over mix the batter as it will cause the soda water to flatten.

  3. Lay out some paper towel on a plate near your frying station before hand. Submerge a few pieces of the sweet potato into the batter and lift it out with a fork to allow the excess batter to drip off before frying it in the oil.
  4. Cook the pieces of battered yam for approximately 4 minutes in the oil before removing with a slotted spoon and placing on the paper towel to cool. 

  5. Continue deep frying in batches. I recommend keeping the batter in the fridge between batches. 

Recipe Notes

hot tip: make sure your soda water has been in the fridge or freezer prior to preparing this recipe. It needs to be really cold before frying. Tougher root vegetables tend to take a bit longer to cook so if you're using the batter on something like asparagus or onions only cook for 3 minutes.

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