How to Make Okonomiyaki

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How to Make Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish made from flour, cabbages, seafood, meat and other vegetables you like. It’s a highly versatile dish and relatively easy to make using ingredients from your kitchen. The recipe is Osaka-style okonomiyaki, but the toppings can be all you. Here’s how.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4-6 medium eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 lbs chopped cabbage
  • 1 and 1/4 cup dashi soup stock or clean water
  • 2/3 cup tempura flakes
  • 6 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 12-20 thin strips of pork or beef. Shrimp or squid rings are a good meat alternative.
  • Bottle of okonomiyaki sauce or tonkatsu sauce
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Green seaweed (optional)


  1. Pour the dashi soup stock or the water in a bowl, and mix it with the flour. Mix and let rest for an hour in the refrigerator to form the batter.
  2. Chop the cabbages into fine shreds.
  3. Take half a cup of batter, put in another bowl and mix with 1/4 cabbage, 1 tablespoon green onion and 2 tablespoons of tempura flakes.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the batter and crack an egg over it. Stir the batter.
  5. Heat the pan and add oil. Wait a bit until heated.
  6. Carefully spread the batter to make a round, pancake shape.
  7. On the side, fry the meat strips or shrimp.
  8. Cook the batter for five to seven minutes and place the meat and toppings on top of it. Flip the okonomiyaki and let it fry for another five to seven minutes or until slightly golden-brown
  9. Take the okonomiyaki off the pan and put it on a plate. You are then free to spread as much okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on top. You are also free to add bonito flakes, red ginger and seaweed. Okonomiyaki is pretty versatile, so it’s up to you to add whatever you like in whatever amounts.
  10. Do the same for the rest of the okonomiyaki batter.