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Is Tempura Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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The ultimate Japanese dipping dish. Whether you’re cooking up a storm at home or eating out, keep reading to discover if tempura is vegan.


Tempura is a popular Japanese dish dating back some five hundred years. It’s crispy vegetables and seafood that are fried in batter. You’ll find it in Japanese restaurants across the globe and it’s a dish that people in the UK love to make at home to impress.

tempura broccoli on a plate

Is tempura vegan?

Yes and no. Seafood tempura will never be vegan, but tempura made with broccoli, bamboo shoots, aubergine, butternut squash, carrots and more can all be made vegan and are utterly delicious. 

Is tempura batter vegan?

Traditionally, no tempura batter isn’t suitable for vegans as the batter usually contains eggs. However, plant-based batters are easy to make at home and many restaurants do offer vegan options. 

Is tempura sauce vegan?  

The classic tempura dipping sauce isn’t vegan-friendly as it contains dashi granules which are made from fish. However, dip away into a mix of soy, wine vinegar and chilli for a plant-based version.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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