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Vegetable Tempura – made healthy when Air Fried
Who doesn’t love a good piece of tempura? Crispy, light, and not greasy, it’s the perfect appetizer or side dish. But who wants to deep-fry food at home? Not me! That’s why I discovered air frying as a great way to make tempura without all the mess and calories. Check out my recipe below for how to make your own vegetable tempura using an air fryer. Enjoy!
Vegetables offer a fantastic way to get nutrients into your body, but they sometimes challenge us for healthy preparation options. Steaming, quickly stir-frying, and even raw make good choices. But when you want something a bit different, try our air-fried vegetable tempura.
Air frying offers a simple and healthy solution – cook your vegetable inAir fryers are small appliances that circulate hot air around the food, cooking it quickly and evenly. This results in food that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, without any added fat or oils. Vegetable tempura is a perfect dish to try out this cooking method – it’s quick, easy, and delicious! In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to make vegetable tempura using an air fryer. Stay tuned for some delicious recipes!
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Air Fryer Vegetable Tempura
- 6 tbsp flax meal
- 1 cup water plain water or seltzer
- 3 cups bread crumbs panko or use crushed cereal, nuts, or nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 pound tofu frozen, thawed, and pressed to remove most of the water.
- ½ pound green beans with ends trimmed
- 1 large onion sliced
- 8 ounces mushrooms cremini work well, or use baby portabella. Cut into halves. Larger mushrooms may be cut into thirds or quarters.
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 2 sweet potatoes cut into thick slices, then cut in half to ensure even cooking.
Prepare the vegetables
- Prepare your chosen vegetables. Cut into slices or chunks, as you prefer.
- Set your air fryer temperature to 400°F.
Prepare the tempura coating
- Blend the flax seed into the water using a blender or a hand blender. Whisking by hand works, but the blender produces a creamy, thick version that works better. Put into medium bowl that vegetable pieces will fit into.
- In a separate bowl, combine the crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. Mix well.
Assemble and Cook
- Dip each vegetable piece into the flax egg coating, making sure it is completely coated. Then dredge the piece into the dry coating.
- Place in your air fryer. Make sure the pieces don't touch.
- Cook for about 20 minutes, checking to make sure they don't overcook. If you have layers in the basket, shake it part way through to redistribute the pieces.
Note:It helps to have your vegetables cut and ready before preparing your batter. Cooking for a large family or friends? Consider making these in batches. Keep them warm and crispy in your oven. Experiment with other vegetables, too. We like bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and others. Also, consider serving with a side bowl of rice to make a more substantial meal. In fact, we enjoy a traditional Japanese salad, too.
Did you make and enjoy the air fried vegetable tempura?
That’s it! Your vegetable tempura is now ready to eat. Tempura, a Japanese dish, usually consists of seafood or vegetables that are battered and then deep-fried. While this can be a delicious dish, it’s not the healthiest option. That’s where the air fryer comes in – by using hot air to cook your food, you enjoy all of the flavors of tempura without all of the unhealthy fats. In this post, we’ve provided a recipe for air fry vegetable tempura. We hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks for reading!
Can this air fryer veggie tempura be cooked without the air fryer basket?
If you use a large oven-style air fryer, try using the tray, rather than a basket. We find it works equally well.
Is air fryer tempura healthy?
Yes, if you make it according to these directions, you will find it cooks up to be quite a healthy meal. Note, however, that your dipping sauces will add to the calories, sugars, and other ingredients.
Dipping sauces? what do you recommend for a dipping sauce?
Choose your favorite! Often, we just use either a Braggs Aminoes (similar to soy sauce) or a Coconut Aminoes (soy free). Some people prefer a little heat in their dipping sauce, others might add some pineapple juice for a sweetener.
My tempura batter started out right but it thickened into more of a cookie dough. What should I do?
All flours tend to absorb liquids over time. If you make pancakes from scratch, you might notice the same tendency. The secret is to continue adjusting the consistency by adding a bit more liquid as you go on.
Is it possible to use rice flour?
Yes, but you will need to adjust your liquids as rice flour will absorb quite readily.
Did You Know?
Rice flour can be ground from either white rice or brown rice, usually medium or long-grain. However, when making Glutinous rice flour, also known as sticky rice or sweet rice, long or short-grain rice is used. Sticky rice is used in desserts such as Mochi.