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Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes)

The popular Japanese street food Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancakes recipe is delicious and easy to make.

May 4, 2022
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 60 mins



  1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  2. Peel and grate the mountain yam in a small bowl. Use a flat grater so you can add the shredded yam directly to the bowl.
  3. Add the grated yam and dashi powder to the bowl containing the dry ingredients. Whip the flour bits from the mixture, ideally using a whisk, until all the ingredients are well combined. After mixing, set the bowl aside and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  4. This resting phase is important as it relaxes the gluten, improving texture and taste. While you are resting, you can prepare the sauce and other pancake ingredients.
  5. Next, combine the sugar, oyster sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl to prepare the Okonomiyaki sauce. Using a teaspoon or a small whisk, mix the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.
  6. For Okonomiyaki pancakes, remove the core of the cabbage and then chop the cabbage leaves. The cabbage needs to be in fairly small pieces or it may not cook properly.
  7. Cut the pork belly slices in half and then set them aside.
  8. Take the dough out of the refrigerator for the pancakes. Add the eggs, tempura scraps, and pickled ginger. Mix all your okonomiyaki ingredients well, being careful not to crush the tempura scraps.
  9. Gradually add the chopped cabbage to the mixture in the bowl. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  10. Use a large skillet to heat the vegetable oil. When hot, spread some of the dough in a small circle in the pan. Make thin pancakes in the form of small burger patties.
  11. While the pancakes are cooking, add 2-3 slices of pork on top, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. At this point, the pancake base should be nicely browned. Turn the pancake with tongs.
  12. Press the sides of the okonomiyaki a little with a spatula to help it hold its shape. Cook for another five minutes, covered.
  13. Finally, flip the pancake once more and cook it for another 2 minutes.
  14. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  15. Put the okonomiyaki on a plate, drizzle with the okonomiyaki sauce, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Okonomiyaki
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.7 g26.5%
Cholesterol 251 mg83.7%
Sodium 1512 mg65.7%
Protein 37 g74%
Potassium 420 mg8.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • You can use beef instead of pork.
  • Finely chop the cabbage. You can use a food processor or a sharp knife for this.
  • Mountain yam, also known as nagaimo, can be mildly irritating to the skin. While this problem is rare, wear gloves before peeling them off, especially if you have sensitive skin, and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Do not press the pancakes too much. After adding the mixture to the pan, press down lightly with a spatula.
  • Since it is egg-based, consume it immediately.
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Okonomiyaki is a popular pancake in Osaka, Japan. Pancakes prepared with flour, eggs, and shredded cabbage are served with various proteins and sauces. The Kansai-style Okonomiyaki is the most well-known variety. However, the recipe may differ depending on the region where it is made.

Try this Okonomiyaki recipe, one of the street flavors of Japanese cuisine. Serve these savory pancakes, which you can easily prepare, with kewpie mayonnaise.

What Is Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is a simple and wonderful street food from Osaka. It is a delicious Japanese pancake that can be made with different fillings and sauces. The most important thing, though, is the combination of eggs, flour, and cabbage in the dough.

Its main ingredients are dashi broth, wheat flour, shredded cabbage, crispy tenka chunks, an egg, and mountain yam. Okonomiyaki is deep-fried and served with a variety of sauces and garnishes such as aonori (dried seaweed), scrambled eggs, or katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes).

What to Serve with Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is best when served on its own, as a small meal or a large snack. If you really wanted to bulk the meal out a little, you could cook some noodles and toss them in a simple sauce.

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How To Store Okonomiyaki?

To store these pancakes, wrap each individual one in foil and then place it in a freezer bag. Keep the pancakes in the fridge for three days, or in the freezer for a month. When you want it, defrost it to room temperature first, and then heat it through in an oven.

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