Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake that’s packed with flavor and texture. It’s made with a batter of flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water, and eggs, and then filled with shredded cabbage, meats, seafood, or other vegetables. Once cooked, it’s topped with a sweet and savory sauce and mayonnaise, and sprinkled with bonito flakes and green onions. If you’re looking for a unique and delicious dish to add to your cooking repertoire, give this Japanese okonomiyaki recipe a try.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated nagaimo (or substitute grated yam or sweet potato)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup cooked and chopped bacon or other meat (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cooked and chopped shrimp or other seafood (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
  • Okonomiyaki sauce (or substitute tonkatsu sauce or Worcestershire sauce)
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Bonito flakes
  • Chopped scallions


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, grated nagaimo, water, and eggs until smooth.
  2. Stir in the shredded cabbage, scallions, bacon or other meat, and shrimp or other seafood (if using).
  3. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium-high heat and add a little vegetable oil.
  4. Pour the batter onto the pan or griddle in a round shape, about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Drizzle the okonomiyaki sauce over the top and then zigzag the Japanese mayonnaise over the sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with bonito flakes and chopped scallions before serving.

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