Simple tempura sauce recipe

I’ve been on a cooking frenzy as of late. Yesterday, for instance, I cooked fish escabeche for lunch and then chicken afritada for dinner. Both meals had complete rekados (condiments) and loads of vegetables. Delish! Today, though, I prepared tempura and tempura sauce almost akin to what those street vendors in and out of Mindanao use. I say almost because we ran out of catsup and that’s supposed to be the ingredient that makes the sauce “reddish brown.”

Anyways, let me share with you my simple tempura sauce recipe. Feel free to try it and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

Mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup vinegar (I use Datu Puti vinegar..yoohoo Datu Puti, I should get freebies because of this :D), one fourth tablespoon rock/table salt and about half a cup brown sugar (white sugar will also do).

Under medium heat, saute garlic, onions and then bell pepper in a sauce pan (if you also want to add pepper, then do so; add to taste). Pour in the water-vinegar-salt-sugar mix you made. Bring to a boil. While you’re waiting for the sauce to boil, mix 1 and a half tablespoons cornstarch and 2 and a half tablespoons of very cold water (I got mine from our hot and cold water dispenser) Mix the cornstarch and water very well – make sure that the former is dissolved really well. As soon as your sauce reaches boiling point, lower the heat and then pour in your cornstarch-water mix. Constantly stir the sauce until it thickens. Don’t forget to take the saucepan out of the fire as soon as you think your concoction’s pretty much ready.

Enjoy your tempura and tempura sauce! πŸ™‚

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Mindanaoan Irene

Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at

18 Responses

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  3. exeQutor says:

    Thanks for this. Walang brown sugar kaya white nlng ginamit ko. It works great naman.

    Maraming salamat po!

  4. Dee says:

    I can’t copy/paste ur article…

  5. kk says:

    This sauce is really vinegary… we’ll be trying it though, since I don’t have any mirin or dashi and this is the only other tempura sauce type recipe I could find! Maybe I’ll experiment next time πŸ˜‰ Thanks for giving us something to work with!

    • Hi kk, no problem and thank you for visiting my blog! This is my standard recipe — although I do mix tomato catsup sometimes if I need sauce for fishballs and squid balls πŸ˜€

  6. marilene says:

    hallloooo my friend.just let me call u a friend…okthanks for sharing ur recipe about simple tempura sauce…im about to start my business which is selling tempura and fishball,and im so very glad to find ur article….a great helpo my friend….THANK U VERY MUCH…… GOD SPEED…..

  7. rae anne says:

    this sauce does not require soy sauce ??? …

  8. Jora says:

    This is such a big help…not so complicated Tempura sauce! Will surely try this and I hope this works for me! Kudos!

  9. Junexpress says:

    Thanks for sharing this, will try this asap.

  10. ira says:

    hi, anong gagawin or i a add f maanghang na sauce? tnx

  11. Faiz says:

    THANKS FOR YOUR POST, i add sili then it works out, delicious

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