Tempura Green Beans With Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

Tempura green beans are like French fries, but made with green veggies!
Soy-lime dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to this recipe.
Even the pickiest of kids will love these crispy, crunchy green beans.

I was a picky eater as a kid. Foods couldn’t be touching on the plate, salad had to be dressing-free, and condiments other than ketchup were off limits. Despite my mom’s best efforts to get me to try new foods, I was set on eating French fries and PBJ sandwiches for the rest of my life.

My stubborn eating habits presented a huge problem when we would visit family in Japan each summer. I grew up eating Japanese cuisine, yes, but I had boundaries. There were exactly three types of sushi I would eat, two acceptable fillings for onigiri (rice balls), and two sweet bread varieties that I liked. I wouldn’t go near anything mixed, pickled, or with sauce. However, there was one classic Japanese food that I was willing to order at any restaurant: tempura.

Tempura is the Japanese equivalent of American fried foods. Your kids may not like rotisserie chicken or fancy cheese, but I’ll bet they like chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks, right? And I’m sure they all eat French fries. Maybe some of your children will even eat fried fish or shrimp, even if they won’t touch other seafood!

This was how tempura was for me. I would happily chow down on tempura-battered shrimp and vegetables while the rest of my family ate more sophisticated meals. With this in mind, I can confidently say that your vegetable-hating children will not just tolerate, but will actually enjoy these tempura green beans. (The dipping sauce is another story – I know I wouldn’t have touched it lol).

Tempura green beans are perfect for sneaking vegetables into your kids’ diets, but they’re also great for adults! Serve them up as a party appetizer, side dish, or even just as an afternoon snack.

Looking for more kid-friendly vegetable recipes? Try out these crispy baked sweet potato fries!

Tempura Green Beans With Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce (Vegan)

Veggies just got a tasty makeover! These tempura-battered green beans will have even the pickiest of kids asking for more.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Dairy Free, Japanese, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword appetizers, best vegan recipes, dipping sauce, easy appetizers, easy vegan recipes, green bean tempura, green beans, healthy side dishes, healthy vegan recipes, japanese appetizers, japanese recipes, japanese side dishes, tempura, tempura dipping sauce, vegan appetizers, vegan japanese food, vegan japanese recipes, vegan tempura, vegetable appetizer, vegetable side dishes, vegetable tempura
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Ayaka


For the Green Beans

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3/4 lb green beans trimmed

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar


For the Green Beans

  1. Pour 1/2" – 3/4" of vegetable oil into the bottom of a large wok or deep frying pan. Place over medium-low heat and bring temperature to 375°F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the club soda and sesame oil until only a few lumps remain.

  3. Dip 4-6 green beans in the batter and carefully lay in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown and crisp (about 60 seconds total), flipping halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining green beans until no batter remains.

For the Dipping Sauce

  1. Combine the soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar in a small bowl. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

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