Tempura with Le Gruyère AOP

20' 3'

Did you know that tempura has a rather original life journey? Indeed, in our gastronomic history, most of our foods and know-how come either from the west via the conquistadors during the Renaissance or from the east via the spice and silk route. In the case of tempura, we are witnessing a journey in the opposite direction. In fact, tempura is said to be a Japanese interpretation of the Portuguese "Peixinhos da horta" imported into the Land of the Rising Sun. What does this have to do with Portugal? Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century are said to have imported this mixture. The Japanese people, epicureans at heart, then adapted these tempuras to their taste by lightening the batter and eating them on skewers. It was not until much later, to our great delight, that the first restaurants specialising in tempura appeared.

I like this recipe not only because it is delicious, but also because it allows us to use all those bits of vegetables that we collect in our refrigerators; preparing them in tempura gives them back their credentials and crunch. Here is a recipe I suggest, not with vegetables, but with Le Gruyère AOP!

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Le Gruyère AOP with shallot chutney

  • 160 g
    Gruyère AOP
  • 150 g
  • 0.5 dl
    red wine
  • 10 g
  • 0.5 dl
    vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp
    of red wine vinegar
  • +
    salt and pepper


  • 120 g
    of rice flour
  • 60 ml
    of beer
  • 60 ml
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1 l
    of frying oil


  • 0.5 dl
    of fish stock
  • 2 tbsp
    of peanut butter
  • 100 g
    of roasted peanuts
  • 1.5 dl
    vegetable stock
  • 0.5
    clove of garlic
  • 1 pinch
    of chili pepper


Le Gruyère AOP with shallot chutney

  1. The day before, sauté the shallots in a little fat, add sugar and caramelise them.
  2. Deglaze with red wine and wine vinegar, reduce to a dry consistency.
  3. Moisten with the vegetable stock and let simmer.  
  4. Season and let cool. 
  5. Cut the Le Gruyère AOP into sticks or any other shape you like. Mix them into the onion chutney     and leave to marinate in a cool place.


  1. On the same day, prepare the batter by mixing the flour with the water and beer. Add the egg yolk. The dough should have a medium liquid consistency 
  2. Set aside in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Cover each piece of Le Gruyère AOP by dipping it into the batter.
  4. Fry for a few minutes until the tempuras are golden brown.


  1. Finely chop the garlic.
  2. Melt the peanut butter, add the garlic.
  3. Add the coarsely chopped peanuts.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and chili pepper.
  5. Adjust the seasoning as needed.

Delicious to know

Use a Le Gruyère AOP cheese that is not too young so that it will cook better.

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