RECIPE: Okonomiyaki Savoury Pancake


This is the first in our new series of Japanese food recipes. Over the next few months, we’ll be showing you how to make the tastiest and most popular dishes out there.

Feel free to leave comments at the bottom with any useful suggestions or tips.



Okonomiyaki literally means “Grilled as you like it”. It is a delicious savoury dish that is simple and quick to make. Very versatile, it can be made with many different ingredients to suit your own tastes.

You can buy many of the ingredients at Japan Centre, just click on the link to add it to your basket.



Okonomiyaki Flour*
Okonomiyaki Sauce
Dried Bonito Flakes
2 Eggs
1/2 Cabbage
1 Spring Onion
Any Meat, Seafood or Other Vegetables such as Sliced Pork, Bacon, Squid or Prawn etc.

Optional Ingredient: Tenkasu (deep fried flour dough) – Add at step 3.
Optional Toppings: Pickled ginger (beni shoga), Aonori (powdered seaweed) – Add at step 7.



1. Mix 100g of Okonomiyaki flour with 100ml of water with a spoon and set aside.*

2. Chop the cabbage and spring onion finely and add to the batter mix.

3. Add the egg and mix the ingredients together. [TIP: Do not mix too much or pancake will become hard]

4. Start heating a pan and pour the mixture into a round pancake.

5. If using meat or seafood, start cooking these separate to the pancake.

6. After 5-7 minutes of cooking, add the meat ingredients to the top of the pancake and flip over to finish cooking.

7. Serve after smothering with Okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and sprinkle with bonito flakes.


*ALTERNATIVELY, you can use 2 Cups of Plain Flour mixed with 1 1/2 Cups of Dashi or Water


You can print this recipe and even bring it to the foodshop to find the ingredients.

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6 Comments on “RECIPE: Okonomiyaki Savoury Pancake”

  1. August 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Great recipe! If you’re interested in variations on Okonomiyaki recipes – and different ways to make the batter if you don’t have Okonomiyaki flour, check out Have fun!

  2. Terence Horner
    August 20, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Thank you for the Okomomiaki recipe.
    It was my first meal in Japan,and i have wanted to make it since my return.
    To any one who has not had this dish,give it a try.

  3. jezabell
    August 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    i just love okonomiyaki!!!they are so tasty and easy to recipe is almost the same but i also add a little bit of corn and cheese like for a pizza(but mixed together,not as a topping).mayo and sauce from japan centre is essential!!
    by the way-i adore the recipe idea!!i am hoping to find the recipe for chilled soba salad’s a great dish for summer.

  4. Sally
    August 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Im loving the recipe idea and okonomiyaki is one of my favorite! When I was in Japan I think I remember having okonomiyaki with noodles. That was really good!! :)

  5. August 28, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Hi Sally,

    Thank you for your comment.
    Okonomiyaki cooked together with Yakisoba noodles is known as Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki.
    Slightly different to the Kansai style we made a recipe for, Hiroshima style of Okonomiyaki is made in layers rather than mixing all the ingredients together. Hiroshima style also includes a larger amount of cabbage, a layer of Yakisoba noodles and a fried egg on top!
    Both are delicious and easy to make at home so I hope you enjoy our recipe!

    Thanks again,
    Nik | Japan Centre

  6. Frank
    August 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Loved the recipe worked great! Had it for brunch today.
    The recipe idea with links for ingredients is great. Now if only there was a button to add all the ingredients to your basket, and maybe a discount…. lol

    Thanks anyway

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