Easy Homemade Okonomiyaki Recipe

Explore our step-by-step guide to creating Okonomiyaki, a delectable Japanese pancake filled with fresh cabbage, pork, and topped with bonito flakes, perfect for any meal.
A close-up of a freshly cooked okonomiyaki in a skillet topped with mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes, and shredded seaweed. Steam is visibly rising from the hot Japanese savory pancake, showcasing the essence of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Kenji, a 35-year-old graphic designer based in Tokyo, finds solace in the art of cooking, especially after long days immersed in colors and shapes. One of his favorite comfort foods is Okonomiyaki, a dish that reminds him of home and simpler times. This savory Japanese pancake is filled with fresh ingredients like cabbage and pork, topped with flavorful bonito flakes and tangy okonomiyaki sauce. For Kenji, preparing and savoring Okonomiyaki is not just about the taste but the memories it evokes and the sense of comfort it brings.

A plate with a savory crepe, reminiscent of an easy homemade okonomiyaki recipe, is topped with shredded cabbage, a dollop of mayonnaise, seaweed, and drizzled with red sauce. A small bowl with a yellow liquid is on the side, along with a fork and napkin.

Easy Homemade Okonomiyaki Recipe

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A savory Japanese pancake filled with fresh ingredients like cabbage, pork, and green onions, topped with bonito flakes and a tangy okonomiyaki sauce.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 673 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $15
Shopping Cost$40

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Frying pan or griddle
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 4 slices pork belly cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • ¼ cup tenkasu tempura bits
  • ¼ cup ginger pickled, optional
  • ½ cup okonomiyaki sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise Japanese
  • ¼ cup bonito flakes
  • Aonori seaweed flakes for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, water, and egg. Mix until you have a smooth batter.
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup water, 1 egg
  • Add the shredded cabbage, pork belly, green onions, tenkasu, and pickled ginger to the batter. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
    2 cups cabbage, 4 slices pork belly, 2 green onions, 1/4 cup tenkasu, 1/4 cup ginger
  • Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat and lightly oil it.
  • Pour a portion of the batter onto the pan, shaping it into a round pancake. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the okonomiyaki hot, drizzled with okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise. Sprinkle bonito flakes and aonori on top.
    1/2 cup okonomiyaki sauce, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup bonito flakes, Aonori

Notes

You can add other ingredients like shrimp or cheese to the batter for variation.
If you can’t find okonomiyaki sauce, you can make a quick substitute with Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and soy sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 21gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 408mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 112IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Comfort Food, Home Cooking, Japanese Pancake, Okonomiyaki, Savory

Ingredient Costs: Cost of Recipe by Ingredient Measurements

Shopping Costs: Cost of Recipe with Brand New Ingredient Purchases

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