Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe

Okonomiyaki means "as you like it," so make the base for this Japanese bar food and add whatever sort of toppings you like to make it your own.
August 5, 2020, 11:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Makes 8
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour


for the base:
2 cups|1 pound|500 ml dashi (or preferred stock)
4 large eggs
1 ⅔ cups|257 grams all-purpose flour
⅓ cup|80 grams grated nagaimo (mountain yam) (alternatively, use 1 teaspoon baking soda)
2 ½ cups|233 grams chopped green cabbage (about ¼ head cabbage, cut into ½-inch pieces)
4 tablespoons|14 grams tenkasu (fried tempura flour) (alternatively, use crushed potato chips or shrimp chips)
2 tablespoons beni shoga (pickled ginger), roughly chopped
8 scallions, chopped
vegetable oil, for frying

for the fillings:
sliced bacon (1-2 slices per okonomiyaki)
thinly sliced pork or beef (1-2 slices per okonomiyaki)
peeled and deveined shrimp (1-2 per okonomiyaki)
button mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 1 whole mushroom per okonomiyaki)
American cheese slices, torn into 1 or 2 inch pieces (about 1 whole slice per okonomiyaki)
kimchi, chopped
moyashi (bean sprouts)

for the toppings:
Japanese mayonnaise
Okonomiyaki sauce
thin shaved katsuobushi


  1. Whisk the flour, nagaimo, and eggs in a large bowl. Slowly add the dashi or stock until you reach a pancake-like batter. You may not use all of the dashi. Fold in the cabbage, tenkasu, beni shoga, and scallions. If using kimchi or bean sprouts, add it in at this stage.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium. Ladle about ⅔ cups|170 grams of base into the skillet and start layering desired fillings as the bottom cooks slowly. Keep to 1 to 3 fillings per okonomiyaki, as it can get a little overwhelming and heavy otherwise. Cook, undisturbed, until lightly set and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully flip and continue to cook until the okonomiyaki is springy, 3 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil, batter, and fillings.
  3. Transfer to plates and drizzle each with the okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, and a generous amount of katsuobushi to serve.

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