JUSTIN WARNER'S TEMPURA RECIPE

JANUARY 7TH IS NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY...  in other words, national fry something at home day.

Any time I hear the word tempura, I immediately think of my Food Network Star teammate, Justin Warner. Justin knows how to fry things really, really well and his tempura recipe was not only one of the best I've ever tried, it was a huge hit with all of the guests at our pop-up Italian restaurant on the show. Since then, I've used it for a number of things but really like it for frying shrimp for a Po-Boy.

 Fried Shrimp Po-Boy... Justin's tempura batter makes it light and airy. Not heavy.

Fried Shrimp Po-Boy... Justin's tempura batter makes it light and airy. Not heavy.

Here's us... working the fry station. Justin's tempura recipe follows.

 Making a lot of fried food in our pop-up restaurant with Justin Warner on Food Network Star season 8. Get his recipe for tempura batter below

Making a lot of fried food in our pop-up restaurant with Justin Warner on Food Network Star season 8. Get his recipe for tempura batter below

JUSTIN'S FAMOUS TEMPURA BATTER

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rice flour

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried parsley

Salt and ground black pepper

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

Club soda

Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying

DIRECTIONS:

Make a dredge of 1 cup rice flour, oregano, parsley and some salt and pepper.

Make a batter by combining the remaining 1 cup rice flour with the all-purpose flour, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Pour in the club soda a little bit at a time and whisk until the batter is just slightly loosened and the whisk won't stand up. Keep on an ice bath as  you are using it.

Fill a Dutch oven just under halfway with oil and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F.

To fry: Dredge strips of fresh veggies, like bell pepper, zucchini, onion, whole string beans in the seasoned flour and then dip in the batter and drop into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, season with salt and a spray of lemon juice.

If you make this recipe, please give my buddy Justin a shout out on Twitter: @EatFellowHumans. His highly acclaimed restaurant, Do or Dine, is located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York where tempura fried things like the Cauli-Balls are always on the menu. Check out the Nippon Nachos with gouda and cheddar -- the one chef's dish Alton Brown says he wishes he'd come up with during an interview with Conde Nast Traveler.

Happy National TEMPURA DAY! Go fry something delicious!

LEARN MORE ABOUT JUSTIN WARNER IN MY CHEF SERIES Q & A. Read the article....