Tempura Fried Green Beans

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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

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Tempura


  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder, optional
  • Oil for frying


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