Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

Japanese "as you like pancakes" are stuffed with vegetables, grilled until golden brown and topped with a tasty sauce along with mayonnaise.

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)


  • 1 cup flour (I like to use whole wheat)
  • 3/4 cup dashi or water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 of a cabbage, about 2-3 cups packed, shredded
  • 1 carrot,grated
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 3 slices bacon
  • okonomiyaki sauce (or Worcestershire sauce) to taste
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • green onions to taste, sliced

  1. Mix the flour, dashi, egg, cabbage, carrot, zucchini and green onion in a large bowl.
  2. Heat some oil in pan.
  3. Pour in mixture and top with the bacon slices.
  4. Cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides, about 5-15 minutes per side.
  5. Top with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and green onion slices.

(**) Dashi is a Japanese broth or stock that is used in many Japanese dishes from soups to rice bowls to okonomiyaki and even in omelettes.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (4 inch) piece kombu (dried kelp), wiped with a damp cloth
  • 1 handful of katsuobushi (bonito flakes or dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna)
  1. Heat the water and kombu until just before it boils, add the katsuobushi, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before straining the solids from the dashi.