Takoyaki-style Okonomiyaki

The ultimate Japanese food hybrid! These takoyaki-style okonomiyaki are filled with octopus just like takoyaki, but taste and look like mini okonomiyaki. Great party food!

Takoyaki-style Okonomiyaki
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi


Recipe by
Eiko Oba

Easy

Seafood

Vegetables

Eggs

450kcal

20minutes

Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 150 g boiled octopus arms
  • 15 cm Japanese leek
  • 15 g benishoga (store-bought; cut into thin strips)
  • [Batter]

    • 1 egg
    • 70 ml water
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 200 ml flour
  • 3 tbsp tempura bits (10 g)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Worcestershire sauce, as desired
  • Mayonnaise (preferably Japanese), as desired
  • Skipjack shavings, as desired

Directions

1

Cut the octopus arms into 8 mm cubes. Chop the Japanese leek into slices 2-3 mm thick. Cut the benishoga into pieces 1 cm long.

2

Make the [Batter]. In a bowl, beat the egg, then add 70 ml of water and mix with a whisk. Stir in the soy sauce and salt, then the flour.

3

When there are no more clumps of dry flour left in the batter, mix in the octopus cubes, sliced leeks, benishoga, and tempura bits.

4

Oil a frying pan with vegetable oil and place over medium heat. Spoon in 1/8 of the batter mixture at a time, making small mounds in the frying pan. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for approx. 3 minutes.

5

Use a turner to carefully turn each one over, then cover and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

6

Plate and top with Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, and skipjack shavings as desired.

Tips

[Frying Pan Cooking Tip]
*Do not use a metal turner!*
A turner is indispensable when making okonomiyaki. When using a non-stick frying pan, never use a turner made of metal. Instead, use a heat-resistant silicone turner or a wooden spatula. What you can safely use may vary with specific products, but anything with sharp corners that could scratch the non-stick coating should be avoided. The same goes for tongs and cooking chopsticks.