Basic Okonomiyaki Recipe

“Urrrgh” I grunted as I carried the multiple shopping bags back into the house. My mother had been pestering me to try making Okonomiyaki Recipe for a few days, and I thought that today, with it’s 39 degree C heat would be the perfect day to stand over a hot stove and fry up one after another of these Japanese pancakes.

Though having tried them before, I’d never actually tried making them so after a bit of googling I settled on a ‘basic’ recipe for the batter and decided to try it with whatever other ingredients I had on hand – after all, it is meant to be “cook what you like, the way you like”.

Easy Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe

Okonomiyaki Recipe

Unfortunately, the lack of cabbage (something every recipe puts down as a necessity for this dish) meant that I needed to go shopping, which led to my current situation with the shopping bags. I dropped them on the kitchen table and started pulling out items of the bags when…

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I blinked. My hand wrapped around a 2L bottle of milk, I slowly raised it to see what had made the offending sound from under the moo juice. Hard to distinguish at first, I saw a gooey brown mess inside a wadded up ball of cling wrap (plastic wrap). Fearing what the mess would be, but driven by my curiosity, I held the plastic between two hesitant fingers and lifted it to the light.

And then dropped it. And then screamed.


My brother poked his head out from his room. This act had him written all over it, and I looked at him with daggers in my eyes as I waited for an explanation.

“Oh yeah! I found it sitting on the mirror on the vanity in the entrance so I caught it with the cling wrap because I didn’t want to kill it! Sorry!”

I hrmphed. “Well, at least it’s dead now, I squished it with the milk.”

“Awww man, why’d you kill it?? I wanted to play with it later!!” Martin whined, and with that he disappeared back into his room, leaving me blinking with a look of complete disbelief on my face. HE had caught a cockroach, wrapped it in plastic and left it on the kitchen table ALIVE, and he was mad at ME for accidentally killing it? Where on earth is the logic in that??

Okay, so that story doesn’t have much to do with okonomiyaki, but the process of making the pancakes was uneventful so I thought I’d share the events from before the cooking with you. 😉

Basic Okonomiyaki Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 cabbage leaves, main white rib removed
  • 1 brown onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 carrots, grated
  • 4 spring onions (scallions, green onions)
  • 350g plain flour
  • 300mL water
  • 2 large eggs

*Optional: You can add anything to this dish, e.g. mince, chopped up seafood, grated sweet potato, mushrooms etc.

How to Make Okonomiyaki Recipe

1. Cut the cabbage leaves into sections no wider than 5cm, then slice into strips about 3-4mm thick. Put aside.

2. Cut the spring onion into 5cm lengths, then slice up into thin strips about the same size as the cabbage. Put aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, flour and eggs and mix till there are no lumps. You want it to be fairly thick, but still sticky and oozy. Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly to make sure that the batter is evenly coating everything in the bowl.

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4. Heat up some oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then ladle about 1 cup of the mixture in and spread it out into a rough circular shape no more than 2cm thick. When the underside is nicely browned and crispy, carefully flip over and fry the other side till also done.

5. Plate up and serve warm 🙂

Now, I didn’t have any okonomiyaki sauce handy at home, so I served it with a soy sauce/vinegar mix and some kimchi, and it went down pretty well. Would I make it again…? Possibly, but not regularly as I’m trying to eat healthily and part of that is being careful with the oily foods.

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