While cooking some tempura shrimp, I casually checked the fridge for the tempura sauce only to discover to my dismay that I could not find it. I scoured everywhere in my kitchen, but the search was fruitless. Desperate, I did a quick Google search for tempura sauce recipes, but became increasingly discouraged as the recipes called for things that would take a trip to a specialty grocery store to acquire. My pantry doesn’t have many authentic Japanese ingredients! I changed the ingredients to things I could find in my kitchen and tweaked it to suit my tastes. Given the ingredients, this is not authentic tempura sauce, but it tastes like a good likeness and it can be made in about 5 minutes and with common ingredients that are in most kitchens.
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. white wine
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 Tbsp. minced ginger
Stir ingredients together on low heat for five minutes until they are well blended.
It turned out so well and was so fast and easy to make that I will be making my own tempura sauce from now on instead of buying it.