Okonomiyaki (Osaka-Style Japanese Pancakes)

Japanese okonomiyaki recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
545 Calories
22g Fat
48g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 545
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 290mg 97%
Sodium 490mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 55mg 277%
Calcium 139mg 11%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 869mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like" or "favorite," and yaki meaning "grill." 

The dish can vary depending upon which region of Japan it’s made, but it can be found almost anywhere. Perhaps the most common version is Osaka-style okonomiyaki, which is also known as the Kansai-style. Osaka is known for an inexpensive and abundant food culture. The other most widely-known version is the Hiroshima-style, which is layered.

Ingredients

For the Okonomiyaki (Pancakes):

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4 cup dashi soup stock, or water

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds cabbage, finely chopped, divided

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons chopped green onion, divided

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup tenkasu, or tempura flakes, divided

  • 4 to 6 large eggs, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 12 to 18 strips thinly sliced pork (about 1 pound)

For the Toppings:

  • 1 dash okonomiyaki sauce

  • Mayonnaise

  • 1 pinch aonori, or dried seaweed powder

  • Handful katsuobushi, or dried bonito flakes, optional

  • Beni-shoga, or pickled red ginger, optional

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Okonomiyaki

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for okonomiyaki
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  2. Put flour in a large bowl.

    Flour in bowl
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  3. Add dashi to bowl and mix to make batter. Rest for about an hour in refrigerator.

    Mix flour
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  4. To make one okonimiyaki pancake, take out about 1/2 cup of batter and place into another bowl.

    Dough in bowl
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  5. Mix about 1/4 pound chopped cabbage, about 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, and about 2 tablespoons of tempura flakes into batter.

    Add cabbage
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  6. Add 1 egg ​into batter and stir.

    Add egg
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  7. Heat an electric pan, griddle, or skillet and oil lightly.

    Add oil to griddle
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  8. Pour batter into the pan and make a round shape. It will take a few minutes to cook, keep an eye on it.

    Pour onto pan
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  9. Meanwhile, fry a couple slices of meat on the side in another saucepan and place the meat on top of okonomiyaki.

    Add meat
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  10. Flip okonomiyaki and cook until cooked through.

    Flip
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  11. Garnish the okonomiyaki as directed below. Repeat until you have used up all of the batter.

Garnish With Toppings

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for garnish
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  2. Flip the okonomiyaki again and spread okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on top.

    Add sauce
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  3. Sprinkle ao-nori over the sauce.

    Add garnish
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  4. Sprinkle katsuobushi and beni-shoga, if you would like.

    Sprinkle with katsuobushi
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve
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Recipe Variation

  • If you prefer, use sliced beef instead of pork.