Asparagus tempura

Make the most of British asparagus while it's in season — here it's
cooked simply to enjoy it at its best

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 15 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes to 25 minutes 25 minutes

Serves: 6 as a nibble

Ingredients

100ml fresh mayonnaise
1tsp wasabi paste
1 tsp lemon juice
50ml Cooks' ingredients Chinese vinegar
1tbsp caster sugar
50g brown rice miso paste
1litre sunflower oil
300g British asparagus
128g pack Cooks' Ingredients Tempura Batter Mix
180ml sparkling water, very chilled 
1tbsp rice flour or plain flour
salad onion and red chilli slices. to serve

Method

1 In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, wasabi and lemon juice together, cover and place in the fridge.

2 In a small saucepan, heat the rice vinegar with the ginger and sugar over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat and stir in the miso. Tip into a small bowl and set aside to cool. 

3 Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan to 180ºC, or until a cube of bread turns golden in about 20 seconds.

4 Trim the asparagus and cut each spear in half lengthways. Make the tempura batter in a small bowl with the sparkling water according to the instructions on the pack. Dust the asparagus in the rice flour or plain flour, dip into the batter, then fry in the hot oil for about 2 minutes or until crisp. Do this in batches with the rest of the asparagus and drain on kitchen paper. Scatter the mayonnaise and miso sauce with the salad onion and chilli slices, and serve alongside the hot asparagus spears.