Tempura Fried Green Beans

These green beans are surprisingly simple to make and they are so good! They work great as an appetizer or as a side dish. Typically when I make these at home, we have them as an appetizer, or my husband and I have them as part of a homemade samplin’ platter for an at-home date night. Then we like to have it with ranch dipping sauce or something with an Asian taste (wasabi mayonaisse is a great option).


Tempura Fried Green Beans

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 – 1 c. water
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. Chinese 5 spice powder, optional
  • Oil for frying

1. Trim and wash the green beans. Dry thoroughly with a towel.


2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, egg and 1/2 c. water. Add more water as needed so that the batter is smooth but still thick and not runny. Stir in sugar, salt and optional 5 spice powder. Add the green beans to the batter and stir to coat.


3. In a large skillet, heat about 1 1/2 inches oil over medium heat until hot. Add a few handful of beans to the oil at a time. Cook in the oil until lightly browned and crisped. Drain on paper towel.


If you are not going to be eating the green beans right away, keep in a warm oven. They’ll stay crispy and as good as fresh that way.

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  • 10 thoughts on “Tempura Fried Green Beans

    1. I can not wait to try this! My husband and I love the fried gr. beans at TGIFridays. I’m super excited to compare!
      Thanks for sharing.

    2. I just tried this recipe tonight. My husband loves tempura vegetables! My 2 yr old happily ate her broccoli too this way! Thanks so much for giving me courage to try frying.

    3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! There’s an Irish restaurant in St Paul that makes these with a little 1000 Island dipping sauce. They call them Leprechaun Legs. Fab!

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