Party Food: Vegan Mushroom Tempura

vegan mushroom tempura

A rallying cry out to our Mushroom Mafia! Check out our 1st party food recipe: vegan mushroom tempura! You can use any ‘shrooms you can get your hands on for this light and crispy Japanese appetizer. Adding soda water to your batter gives your tempura a lighter, delicious, delicate crunch. These vegan mushroom tempura are always a crowd-pleaser. Dipping sauce essential, Sriracha is a winner if you’re going for a kick!


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP toasted black sesame seeds
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup (235ml) soda water
  • Mushrooms of choice or other vegetables
  • High-heat cooking oil, suitable for frying
  • Green onion, chopped for garnish
  • Sriracha mayo


  1. Preheat at least 2 inches of fry oil in a pot, until it shimmers.
  2. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together until combined.
  3. Slowly add soda water and whisk until you achieve a thinner, crepe-like batter.
  4. Slice mushrooms or vegetables. Dip vegetables in batter, shaking off excess.
  5. Using tongs, place one dipped mushroom in a pot of oil to see if it is hot enough.
  6. The mushroom should take about 2 minutes to fry, creating a crispy, see-through crust around the vegetable. If this occurs, remove this mushroom from oil and place it on a paper towel on a plate to cool. Repeat the process for the other mushrooms.
  7. When mushrooms are cool to touch, garnish with green onions and serve with sriracha mayo.
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