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Texas Pete® Zesty Pickled Tempura with Spiked Tonkatsu Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Lisa Davidson, Sr. Director of Culinary Innovation, FAT Brands
Sponsor: Texas Pete

Serves: 4


Marinated Vegetables:

  • 2 oz broccoli florets, bite size
  • 2 oz cremini mushrooms, whole or halved
  • 2 oz carrots, long bias cut ¼ in thick
  • 2 oz cauliflower florets, bite size
  • 2 oz zucchini, bias cut 3/8 in thick
  • 2 oz green beans, whole
  • 16 oz Texas Pete® Eastern Carolina BBQ Sauce

Tempura Batter (Yield 20 oz):

  • 6 oz all-purpose flour, unbleached, plus extra as needed
  • 1 oz cornstarch
  • 8 oz ice water
  • 4 oz seltzer water, chilled
  • 1 egg

Spiked Tonkatsu Sauce:

  • 8 oz ketchup
  • 2 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 oz mirin
  • 1 ½ oz Texas Pete® Hot Sauce


  • Texas Pete® Pepper Sauce, drained, as needed


For the Marinated Vegetables:

  1. Place vegetables into a food storage container and add Texas Pete® Eastern Carolina BBQ Sauce. Mix well so all vegetables are covered in sauce.
  2. Seal container, refrigerate and marinate/pickle for a minimum of 2 hours.

For the Tempura Batter:

  1. Sift together flour and cornstarch into a hotel pan.
  2. In a separate pan, combine ice water and chilled seltzer water. Whisk in egg.
  3. Gently whisk flour mixture into water/egg mixture in batches until combined without lumps.

For the Spiked Tonkatsu Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients and pour into a food storage container.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For Service:

  1. Drain vegetables and shake off excess marinade.
  2. Dust drained pickled vegetables with extra flour.
  3. Coat pickled vegetables with the tempura batter.
  4. Fry at 350°F for 2 to 3 minutes, or until batter is crispy and pale golden in color.
  5. Transfer Zesty Pickled Tempura onto a serving basket or plate.
  6. Garnish with Tabasco peppers.
  7. Serve with 2 oz of Spiked Tonkatsu Sauce.

Chef Notes

Marinated vegetables can be coated with a batter of chef’s choice. Batter will pick up marinade over time, which will provide flavor and color to the batter. Tonkatsu serving sauce can be substituted with dipping sauce of choice with addition of Texas Pete® Hot Sauce. The overall spice level of the vegetables and sauce is mild. For more heat, increase amount of Texas Pete® Hot sauce and lower mirin in tonkatsu sauce.

Project Management: Summit F&B
Photography: Carlos Garcia // Food Styling: Peg Blackley

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