What is Okonomiyaki?
It’s a traditional Japanese pancake that is sometimes also called Japanese pizza and is a very popular street food but also sold in specialist Japanese Okonomiyaki-ya restaurants.
Okonomiyaki is a portmanteau of 2 Japanese words.
Okonomi = what you like
Yaki = grilled or cooked (as in Yakitori)
Okonomiyaki = grill what you like
It bears similarities to the Korean pajeon, and can be “filled” with any number of ingredients, meat (bacon!), seafood (octopus!) or vegetarian and topped as imaginatively as you like. We love having it for lunch and I also love serving it as little finger food when entertaining.
It is an extremely easy and quick recipe to put together and you can be as conservative or flamboyant as you like with regards to what fillings you fancy.
This recipe will serve 2-people pretty generously as a main or 4-6 as a starter.
- 240g flour
- 150ml - 200 ml dashi or light stock
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- half tsp salt
- half cabbage, sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp pickled ginger (optional), fresh works too
- 2 tbsp crispy fried shallots
- 6-8 canned anchovies, drained and patted dry
- Okonomiyaki Sauce (see below)
- Mayonnaise (easy on the mayo for healthy!)
- Crumble Nori (sushi seaweed)
- some katsuobushi
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp mirin
- Mix the flour, dashi/stock and salt into a batter.
- To this batter, add all the filling ingredients and mix well.
- Add the beaten eggs and stir to mix well.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan and pour the whole mixture in.
- Cook on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until crispy on the edges and the pancake batter is beginning to dry up.
- Flip the pancake over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until brown and cooked.
- Flip back for another 30 seconds and serve with the sauces, nori and mayo over as in picture and video.
- Serve with whatever toppings you fancy and a green salad for a complete meal.