Bitter Gourd Kakiage Tempura with Umami Salt

Great recipe for crispy and delicious homemade bitter gourd/bitter melon tempura with a hint of umami seasoning in a batter. You’re gonna love the harmony of the bitterness and umami!

Recipe provided by Ajinomoto Co., Inc.



  • 1/2 bitter gourd (bitter melon)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of AJI-NO-MOTO® (MSG)
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Wash the bitter gourd and slice a bit off the top where the stem is. Slice the bitter gourd in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and soft pith. Cut the bitter gourd into 1 inch thick slice.

  2. In a bowl, mix flour, egg yolk, water, salt and AJI-NO-MOTO®.  (Adding umami seasoning in a batter must be a fantastic experience!)

  3. Heat the vegetable oil (160℃/320℉). Dip bitter gourd into tempura batter, and fry.

  4. Once fried, serve alongside some salt or black pepper. And enjoy!

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