Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes: super easy and flavorful, savory Japanese style pancakes using cabbage, eggs, bacon, and flour. This Okonomiyaki version is made without ‘dashi powder’/seafood stock. You can also find the recipe for Okonomiyaki sauce for topping the pancakes below. Serve fresh or hot.    Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancakes recipe - How to make Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

These Okonomiyaki Pancakes or Japanese Cabbage Pancakes are a PERFECT way to jump-start your Monday breakfast.

Savory pancakes is one of our favorite breakfast and we have been literally hooked on to this savory cabbage – bacon pancakes!!!

Its not only easy to make (literally 25minutes) but also very different from regular pancakes variety available out there + a GREAT way to use extra cabbage 😉

What is Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes?

As the name suggests, the Okonomiyaki or Japanese Cabbage Pancakes is a Famous Japanese Street Food and literally means:

 “As You Like It’ and are made on Large/Small Grills (depending on how big the place is) “

The traditional Japanese cabbage pancake is made using ‘Dashi Powder’ also known as seafood stock.

And usually served with flakey fermented bonito shavings along with Kewpie Mayonnaise and Okonomiyaki sauce as toppings.

But WHAT do you Do if you want to have the pancakes at your home without the traditional ingredients?

So here’s my version of the pancakes using everyday kitchen ingredients

Ingredients for Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes:

The ingredients to make these pancakes at home without using dashi powder or special toppings:

  • Cabbage, thinly chopped or shredded
  • Bacon, I’m using cooked turkey, thinly chopped
  • Eggs, I’m using large brown eggs
  • Flour, I’m using All-Purpose (A.P) Flour
  • Seasoning, salt and black pepper powder
  • Water, you can use chicken stock or dashi powder if you have any.
Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancakes Ingredients

Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes Ingredientsc

How to Make Okonomiyaki – Japanese Cabbage Pancakes:

The process to make the pancakes is extremely simple and it’s so much fun making with family.

Step 1:

  • Once you have all the ingredients, add shredded cabbage into a big bowl.
  • Add green onions/scallion and chopped bacon (cooked) in it.

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Step 2:

  • Now, add the flour, seasoning, and eggs in the cabbage mix.

Step by step Process to Make Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancake

Step 3:

  • Now, whisk everything into an even mix.

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Step 4:

  • Turn on the flame and heat a large skillet.
  • Pour 2 ladle full of the cabbage mix into the center of the skillet.
  • Spread it evenly on all side to form a circular pancake shape (about an inch thick).

Final Step to make Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

Step 5:

  • Cook the pancake on medium heat till both sides are cooked.
  • Remove the cooked pancake.
  • Similarly, cook all the pancakes with remaining batter.

 

 Step 6:

  • The pancake will be golden and crispy on both sides.

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Serving Suggestion for the Pancakes:

You can serve this dish as is as it’s extremely flavorful, however here are some of the popular topping choices:

  1. Topped with Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese Mayonaisse)
  2. Topped with Okonomiyaki Sauce (Japanese sauce – recipe for Okonomiyaki sauce is given below)
  3. Anori (green nori flakes)
  4. Bonito Flakes /Katsuobushi (dried and fermented fish flakes)
  5. Benishouga (Japanese style pickled red ginger)
  6. Cooked Shrimp / Pork / Octopus
  7. Yakisoba Noodles

Japanese Cabbage Pancake

You can add any of the toppings mentioned above or try something new as per your taste.

I usually like adding mayonnaise and below is the picture with it.

Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancake

Here’s also a quick recipe for the ‘Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipe‘:

You need the following ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Honey – or any liquid sweet substitute of choice.

Mix everything together and your sauce is ready for topping.

Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipe

Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipe

These pancakes have crispy edges and the inside is moist enough to hold the pancake together.japanese cabbage bacon pancakes

I usually prepare them as we start eating for that extra crispiness and also since my family love hot pancakes.

So these are perfect to surprise your loved ones on a Monday, Weekend or any day of the week. Great for brunches or light meal too.How to make Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

 

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Yield: 5 Pancakes

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes
Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes: super easy and flavorful, savory Japanese style pancakes using cabbage, eggs, bacon and flour. This Okonomiyaki version is made without 'dashi powder'/seafood stock. You can also find the recipe for Okonomiyaki sauce for topping the pancakes below. Serve fresh or hot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Cabbage - thinly chopped or diced
  • 4 Slices Cooked Bacon - thinly chopped
  • 2 Stalks Green Onion - thinly chopped
  • 2 Large Eggs - room temperature and whisked
  • 1 Cup A.P Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Sugar
  • Pinch of Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Toppings:

  • Mayonnaise - preferably Japanese Kewpie for an authentic taste
  • Okonomiyaki Sauce - ingredients in the post with picture

Instructions

Prep Work:

  • In a large bowl, mix A.P flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Keep Aside.

How to Make Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes:

  1. In a large bowl, add chopped cabbage, cooked bacon, and green onions.
  2. Now add the A.P flour mix.
  3. Mix everything using a fork or chopstick.
  4. Add eggs, water and mix using a fork to make a thick even batter
  5. Heat a skillet with 1 Tbsp Oil.
  6. Now, Scoop 2ladles (1cup) of the okonomiyaki batter in the center of the skillet.
  7. Spread the batter in a circular motion to make a 1inch thick disc.
  8. Let this cook for 2 minutes on medium heat (keep an eye to prevent the batter from burning) and flip to the other side.
  9. Cook the other side, till both sides look evenly golden brown and batter is thoroughly cooked (it will crisp up the edges once cooked).
  10. Remove the cooked Okonomiyaki pancake (Japanese Cabbage Pancake) and use the steps above to create more pancakes.

Serving the Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

  1. Spread okonomiyaki sauce while hot and squeeze mayonnaise in a zigzag pattern, then sprinkle bonito flakes and chopped green onions for garnish
  2. Serve hot

Notes

These are few Toppings suggestion for the Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

  1. Topped with Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese Mayonaisse)
  2. Topped with Okonomiyaki Sauce (Japanese sauce – recipe for Okonomiyaki sauce is given below)
  3. Anori (green nori flakes)
  4. Bonito Flakes /Katsuobushi (dried and fermented fish flakes)
  5. Benishouga (Japanese style pickled red ginger)
  6. Cooked Shrimp / Pork / Octopus
  7. Yakisoba Noodles


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

5

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 500 Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 476mg Carbohydrates: 96g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 13g Protein: 43g

8 Replies to "Okonomiyaki - Japanese Cabbage Pancakes"

  • Jenni August 11, 2019 (7:16 pm)

    I made these for lunch yesterday and they were so delicious! My whole family enjoyed them and asked if I would please make more soon! Thanks for all the amazing helpful tips, it really gave me the confidence to know that I could do it!

    • Molly Kumar August 12, 2019 (3:43 pm)

      Hi Jenni, that is awesome and thanks so much for trying my recipe 🙂 Hugs, Molly

  • Fiorenza August 11, 2019 (4:18 pm)

    I have never came across this before and it immediately intrigued me. I followed your instructions and advice and impressed me very well. Thank you for this delicious corner of Japan.
    I have not used any accompanying sauce, I will serve the next with the Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipe that you suggested..I’m looking forward to it!

    • Molly Kumar August 12, 2019 (3:49 pm)

      Hello Fiorenza, I’m soooo happy that you tried the recipe and liked it 🙂 Thanks, Molly

  • Jaclyn August 10, 2019 (4:05 pm)

    These Japanese pancakes were AMAZING! Can’t wait to make them again!

    • Molly Kumar August 11, 2019 (11:28 am)

      That is awesome, thanks so much Jaclyn.

  • Thena August 10, 2019 (10:32 am)

    I’m in love with the fact that these pancakes aren’t sweet. The flavor and taste is the perfect way to wake up my taste buds!

    • Molly Kumar August 11, 2019 (11:29 am)

      I’m glad you liked the savory pancakes, they are one of our favorite.

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