2000s Recipes + Menus

Sugar Snap Pea Tempura

Makesabout 120 hors d’oeuvres
  • Active time:45 min
  • Start to finish: 45 min
June 2003
These hors d'oeuvres should be served warm, so fry a couple of batches at a time as platters need replenishing.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beer (8 oz; not dark)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 qt vegetable oil
  • 1 lb sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • Whisk together flour and beer in a bowl until smooth.
  • Heat 2 inches oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until it registers 365°F on thermometer.
  • Working in batches of about 15, toss sugar snaps in batter until coated. Lift sugar snaps out of batter 1 at a time, letting excess batter drip off, and transfer to oil. Fry sugar snaps, turning with a slotted spoon, until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 365°F between batches.)
  • Serve sugar snaps warm.
Cooks’ notes:
  • Peas can be trimmed 1 day ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag lined with dampened paper towels.
  • Batter can be made 2 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Whisk before using.
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