The pros: Trader Joe's Tempura Shrimp are fried goodness. While not as perfect as your local Japanese restaurant might serve you, this is as good as it gets in the freezer aisle. While these come to you already fried, they did not feel nor taste greasy. Sauce is a soy based but also tastes of a teriyaki as it's thicker than regular soy sauce.
The cons: Enough dipping sauce for several batches of tempura, which means there is some serious waste here. I wish I could find another use for the excess. They include 2 packages of sauce. One package would be more than sufficient for both. Unless you are literally drinking the sauce.
The verdict: For $7.99, this is a good deal compared to going out. Typically an appetizer of shrimp tempura will set you back at least $7.99, while in the freezer aisle you are getting 10 pieces of tempura for that price. The outside batter is light and consistent to what most tempura batters should be which is a light airy bread with some serious crunch to it. This meets all the requirements and is ready in under 20 minutes. I didn't try it fried as I figured it was fried once. It came out perfect in the toaster oven and would also make a lovely appetizer.
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get two smaller packages of Trader Joe's Tempura Shrimp:
Ready to go into the toaster oven:
After being cooked in the toaster oven for 8 minutes (on each side so that's actually 16 minutes) you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. While it's not something that will appear on my weekly shopping list, if I were having company or was in the mood for fried shrimp this is a great way to go as it also means you don't have to open the whole package either. Five pieces are wrapped in each package so it makes either a great appetizer, lunch or dinner. I'd reach for this again.
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