• Wednesday, October 28, 2020

nobu malibu recipes

Nobu Malibu - The Secret Sauce
By , Founder
September 30, 2020

It’s almost too perfect. A stunning hotel. A Malibu beach setting. A sushi experience by a master chef. Welcome to Nobu Ryokan, home of Nobu, one of the go-to spots while you are visiting LA. And we have the recipe for their special sauce, literally, for their famous Rock Shrimp Tempura.  Some good things did come out of this pandemic, and while Nobu Malibu was closed they realized we were going through withdrawal, so shared a few of their signature recipes.  We had to pass it on, as for almost 20 years we've been eating the Rock Shrimp Tempura at Nobus from London, to New York, and of course, now Malibu.  

Nobu's Rock Shrimp Tempura




Creamy Spicy Sauce

1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
100ml grapeseed oil, or other mildly flavoured oil
2 teaspoons chilli garlic sauce (Toban Djan)

Tempura Batter
1 egg yolk
200ml iced water
100g all-purpose flour

1.5lbs / 650g rock shrimp, or peeled and deveined large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces
Yuzu juice or lemon juice
Vegetable oil for deep frying


Start by making the sauce. Whisk together the egg yolk, salt, pepper and vinegar, then very gradually whisk in the grapeseed oil. Start with just a few drops to create an emulsion, then increase the amount of oil, whisking all the while. Once all the oil has been added and your sauce is nice and thick, stir through the chilli garlic sauce.  

Whisk all the batter ingredients together and combine well.

Heat around 5 inches of vegetable oil in a pan suitable for deep frying until it reaches 180°C or 355°F. Working in batches of 2-3 small handfuls, coat the shrimp in the tempura batter and gently drop into the hot oil, frying for a few minutes until golden. Remove the shrimp from the oil and place onto a paper towel-covered tray to drain. Repeat the process until all the shrimp is cooked.

Transfer the fried shrimp to a large bowl, pour over the sauce and toss to coat. Finish with a splash of yuzu or lemon juice and garnish with chopped chives. 

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