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Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)

May 16, 2012


After walking around University Village in Seattle, my husband took me to Boom Noodle to satisfy the hungry monster in my stomach.  He ordered okonomiyaki and ramen for us to share.  I remembered asking him what okonomiyaki was, and he said that it is like a pancake, a Japanese savory pancake.  As the server brought our orders, I looked down and saw a round pancake topped with mayonnaise, green onions, pickled ginger and bonito flakes.  I took a bite and have been craving for it days later.

Thanks to my husband and Wikipedia, I’ve learned that okonomiyaki is derived from the word okonomi meaning “what you like” and yaki meaning “grilled or cooked.”  So it basically means you can use anything you want, and I did just that.  Don’t be scared of this recipe, you are going to love it trust me! Especially if you love Japanese mayo.



Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • 5 pcs cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 pcs bacon or sliced deli cut in 4 pieces(optional)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Tonkatsu or Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Bonito flakes
  • Pickled ginger (optional)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder and water until batter is thoroughly combined. Add chopped cabbage, some of the bacon, shrimp, some of the green onions and egg, then toss to thoroughly coat.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet, enough to make about 4 inch circle. Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until bottom is brown. Flip and continue to cook for a few minutes. While cooking the other side, top with remaining bacon slices.
  3. Top with tonkatsu sauce, mayonnaise, green onions , pickled ginger and bonito flakes. Transfer to a plate and enjoy!




16 thoughts on “Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)

  1. debbrunson

    Wow… you have me craving this pancake and I’ve never had one! Well done 🙂 May just have to give this one a shot. Really well-written recipe and beautiful pics!

  2. zoantharia

    Wow looks tasty!
    I love okonomiyaki but have not found a shop that allows you to cook your own okonomiyaki. I love the flipping the part though i have never mastered that. 🙂 Maybe i’ll try this one at home.

    1. Elrond

      Try this, using a non-stick skillet, when it is time to flip, slide your “pancake” onto the lid of your skillet, invert your skillet on top of the lid, & turn them both over, quickly! It takes a little practice, but it is much easier than mucking about with a spatula, or two.

  3. Kingson

    I had this once and it had shaved dried octopus on it, and once it was on the hot pancake the steam rehydrated it and the octopus flakes would move around! It was so cool and so good, top 5 meals I’ve ever had. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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