Popcorn Shrimp With Butter Ponzu Recipe

By Jacqui Thompson
6th Sep 2013

Calling all Saké Restaurant & Bar devotees, for your dining pleasure Executive Chef Shaun Presland has kindly given us his famed Popcorn Shrimp with Butter Ponzu recipe! 

These bite-sized parcels of joy are far easier to whip up than you think. Here is Shaun's step-by-step instructions.

Entrée size for 4 people


16 medium raw prawns

300g tempura flour (100g for dusting, 200g for batter)

200ml ice cold water
100ml butter ponzu sauce
(recipe below)

20g chopped chives
100g mixed salad leaves

Deep fryer with vegetable oil

Butter Ponzu dipping sauce (makes 1 Litre)

400ml dark soy sauce (koikuchi)

200ml rice vinegar

100ml lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

100ml orange juice (fresh squeezed)

40ml mirin (sweet cooking wine)

200ml clarified butter (melted)

2 teaspoons dry chili powder (togarashi)

NB: keep slightly warm for service so the butter doesn't solidify

Method (Popcorn Shrimp)

1. Cut each prawn into three or four pieces and pat dry. Toss in 1 tablespoon of flour.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 180C

3. Mix 200g of tempura flour with ice cold water and mix loosely so that there are still some lumps

4. Dredge the prawns in tempura flour and shake of the excess

5. Throw into fryer (180C) and cook until crispy and light.

Ponzu Sauce

Mix all ingredients together.

Place a small amount of salad greens in each bowl, toss the fried prawns in butter ponzu and garnish with chopped chives.

Thank you Shaun!!

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