Okonomiyaki is a Japanese food that consists of a dough with several ingredients cooked on the grill. The word okonomiyaki is formed by the honorific o, konomi and yaki, meaning “cooked (grilled) to your liking” (referring to the customer, or it can also be (food) egg and julienned cabbage, along with other ingredients depending of the type of reference to the cook).

Learn how to make an easy Okonomiyaki with this simple and easy recipe!

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancake)

Recipe by caion


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For your Okonomiyaki to be perfect, use the ingredients on the list and follow the step-by-step preparation method.


  • Batter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ tsp baking powder

  • A pinch of salt

  • ⅓ cup water

  • ½ tsp soy sauce (as a substitute for dashi powder)

  • Filling
  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup cabbage, coarsely shredded

  • ¼ cup green onion, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs (as a substitute for tenkasu)

  • 1 Tbsp red pickled ginger (Beni-shoga)

  • 3 strips of bacon

  • Toppings
  • Bonito flakes (Katsuobushi)

  • Green onion

  • Sauce
  • Okonomi sauce

  • Kewpie mayonnaise


  • In a bowl, add ⅓ cup all-purpose flour;
  • Add ¼ tsp baking powder;
  • Add A pinch of salt;
  • Whisk;
  • Add ⅓ cup water;
  • Add ½ tsp soy sauce (as a substitute for dashi powder or stock), to add an umami flavor;
  • Mix well;mix well
  • Finely chop green onion (about ¼ generous cup);
  • Coarsely shred cabbage (about 1 generous cup);
  • Add the vegetables to the batter;
  • Add ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs (as a substitute for tenkasu), to add a crunchy texture;
  • Add 1 Tbsp red pickled ginger (Beni-shoga);
  • Add 1 egg;
  • Mix all the ingredients together until well blended;mix
  • Heat the pan over medium-high heat;
  • Add about 1 Tbsp vegetable oil and heat until shimmering;
  • Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly;
  • Let cook for a couple of minutes;
  • Then lay 3-4 strips of bacon across the top of the pancake;
  • Cook until golden brown over medium to medium high heat;bacon
  • Flip carefully so the bacon does not fall out;
  • Cook until golden brown and the bacon is cooked through;
  • Flip carefully so the bacon does not fall out;
  • Flip one last time so that the bacon-side is facing down;golden brown
  • The sauce is essential–the okonomi sauce gives a rich and intense flavor while the mayo adds a creamy and round taste;
  • Sprinkle with the green onion;
  • Top with a handful of bonito flakes (katsuobushi);
  • Your Okonomiyaki is ready!Okonomiyaki

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