Seafood Okonomiyaki Recipe (Video) お好み焼き


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Okonomiyaki are Japanese savoury pancakes packed with flavour and SO easy to lớn make! Ready in less than 30 minutes, this ‘as you like it‘ pancake recipe is sure lớn be the new family favourite.

Why We Love This

This is one of our favourite (and most cooked) Japanese recipesever from our blog. That’s because when it comes to delicious, healthy and quick recipes, nothing beats Japanese style savoury pancakes!

The batter is super simple to lớn prepare and cook, with a mouth-watering phối of toppings including Japanese okonomiyaki sauce (similar to bbq sauce) & Kewpie mayonnaise.

It’s such a versatile recipe – literally make it as you lượt thích it! Go for the traditional ingredients listed below, địa chỉ cửa hàng others to suit your tastes, or use up leftover veggies from the fridge.

What is Okonomiyaki?

As a quick translation,okonomi (as you lượt thích it) +yaki (grilled) stands for a simplepancake batter made from flour, eggs và stock flavoured water (usually dashi), filled with cabbage và other tasty ingredients like pork, shrimp or corn.

You’ll find this classic Japanese street food dish at markets, festivals and specialty okonomiyaki restaurants where it’s cooked on large hot plates in the middle of the table. It’s also a popular meal Japanese families will cook at home, usually tweaking the recipe to lớn suit their own tastes, methods or to use up ingredients they already have on hand.

Where We Learned This Recipe

Out of all of Japan’s delicious street food dishes (piping hottakoyaki, yakisoba noodles,hand-rolled sushi andonigiri rice balls) this is the dish that takes us right back lớn Osaka (the thành phố that’s our beloved second home).

We first tried okonomiyaki with our Osaka-mum Rieko and her friend Noriko. They took us to their favourite restaurant in Osaka, where the piping hot pancakes were cooked on a teppan hot plate right in front of us. One taste & we were hooked! We’ve since been back to japan and tried it at a few different places around the city và on our adventures across the country.

Each region does it a little differently, with different batter and topping ingredients. Our favourite version is Kansai/Osaka style Okonomiyaki because that’s where we first tried it, but we also enjoyed Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki made with soba noodles.

What You’ll Need

See the recipe card below for the full ingredients and quantities. Here’s a little more info about the key ingredients you’ll need:

For the pancake base:

Cabbage – We usually use Asian cabbage (known as wombok or napa cabbage), but frequently make it with savoy or cannonball cabbage và they work just fine. Flour – The batter is made with a phối of all purpose flour & cornstarch to lớn give it a little extra crispiness.

For the toppings:

How to lớn make Japanese ‘As You like It’ Pancakes:

1.2.3.Fry the bacon until cooked through and crispy, then mix aside lớn cool.No need khổng lồ use oil here, as the bacon will release its own oil as you cook it. Lớn make the batter, combine the eggs & dashi powder dissolved in the warm water in a small mixing bowl and beat gently. In a separate large mixing bowl địa chỉ your flourcornflour, then pour over with the egg & dashi stock mixture. Stir & combine until smooth.Next, địa chỉ the shredded cabbage, half of the green onion slices, cooked bacon and corn into the batter mixture. Set until all the dry ingredients are evenly coated (but don’t overmix, we want to lớn keep that cabbage nice và fluffy). There shouldn’t be much excess batter liquid at the bottom – if there is, just showroom a little more chopped cabbage và mix through gently.4.5.Scoop out the mixture onto a large frying pan over medium heat. We lượt thích aiming for a circle shape about 10 centimet / 4 inches wide. Cook each pancake for a few mins per side, until lightly browned on both sides.Transfer your freshly cooked pancakes to lớn serving plates, then vị trí cao nhất with drizzles of kewpie mayonnaise & okonomiyaki sauce. For even better tasting okonomiyaki, đứng top with sprinklings of dried seaweed flakes, bonito flakes and a few slices of green onion to taste. You can also optionally vị trí cao nhất with the pickled ginger and Japanese 7 spice here.

Wandercook’s Tips

Thinly Sliced Protein is Key – Whether you use pork, bacon or a different protein, always make sure it’s thinly sliced so it will cook through quickly.For Cool Visual Effect – địa chỉ a layer of bacon or pork on the the pan before topping with the batter. When you flip the pancake, the meat will be visible on top. Pre-heat your Pan – This will help ‘seal’ the bottom of your pancake quickly & hold the round shape. Use your spatula lớn scrape any rogue batter back lớn the pancake.

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Medium Heat – Medium heat works best lớn cook the pancakes as it allows the inside of the pancake to lớn steam và cook through the middle, without burning the outsides.


How do you eat okonomiyaki?

Much lượt thích the name of the dish ‘however you like!’. Either chop it up into pieces with a spatula and eat them with chopsticks, or just grab a knife & fork if that’s easiest for you. No stress!

Can you reheat Japanese pancakes?

You can easily reheat okonomiyaki. We usually recommend cooking all the pancakes, then for any you won’t eat that day, just store in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat within 1-3 days and reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave, then đứng đầu with sauces & seasonings.

What vày you serve with okonomiyaki?

If you’re eating these pancakes for dinner, they go well served with a light miso soup. Usually at restaurants, we’ll order them alongside a serve of yakisoba noodles as well. If you’re looking lớn round it out with dessert, finish it off with a plate of our 5 minute mochi!

Variations và Substitutes

As You lượt thích It – If you don’t lượt thích the traditional ingredients or toppings, you can substitute your “as you lượt thích it” pancakes with an endless variety of flavour combinations. For example, we love adding corn & occasionally cooked/chopped prawns (shrimp) khổng lồ the batter base for extra protein. You could địa chỉ thinly sliced chicken, beef, calamari, scallops, cheese or soba noodles if you’re feeling adventurous! You’re only limited by your imagination, your tastebuds, and what’s available in your fridge.Add Tenkasu – These are scraps of cooked tempura batter that địa chỉ a little extra texture lớn your pancakes, helping khổng lồ make the batter fluffier once cooked. You can also use it as an extra garnish for little bites of crispiness. You can buy ready made tenkasu online or from Asian grocers, or make them yourself by flicking tempura batter into hot oil & scooping them out once cooked.

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Okonomiyaki are Japanese savoury pancakes packed with flavour and SO easy to make! Ready in less than 30 minutes, these 'as you like it' pancakes are sure to be the new family favourite.