Here is an easy Japanese recipe that is sure to knock your socks off. And it takes no time at all. This traditional Japanese pancake or ‘okonomiyaki’ as it is known in Japan means ‘cooked as you like it’. In Japanese, Okonomi means preference or personal taste whereas yaki means fried. Basically, the savoury & popular street fare is a cross between a pancake and frittata. It is also referred to as Japanese pizza.

In the traditional Osaka style pancake, the fare is packed with cabbage and scallions and then topped with thin pork belly stripes. But then as the name says, the dish is quite forgiving and you quite add any ingredient on top to make it your way. In this recipe, we have a vegetarian treat waiting for you.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Serving Size: 2


  • 3 cups Cabbage, finely shredded say about ½ inch in length
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cup Scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs or 1 cup Plain Flour
  • ¾ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dashi Stock Powder
  • ½ of 1 Nori Sheet, sliced
  • Pickled Ginger, as needed


Method of Preparation:

  • For making this vegetarian version of the Japanese pancake, you need to mix the cabbage, panko, scallions, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Toss well.
  • Next, stir in the beaten eggs into it gradually and mix. Tip: If it seems too dry, set it aside for 10 minutes.
  • After that, heat a large griddle over medium-high heat and brush it with oil.
  • Now, with the aid of a cup, take ¼ cup of the cabbage batter to the skillet.
  • Then, with the help of a spatula, spread it out slightly into a circle of ½ inch length.
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until browned on both sides.
  • Remove from the fire and serve it hot.


Tip: If you can, add 1 ¼ oz. of tenkasu or tempura crumbs for more flavor.

Toppings: Top it with Japanese mayonnaise, sesame seeds, dried green seaweed, and pickled ginger.

Serve with: You can serve it with a dipping sauce called okonomiyaki sauce or with matcha and yuzu salt.

Substitutions: Instead of canola oil, you can also use vegetable oil.

Nutritional Information per serving:

  • Calories: 200Kcal
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.2g
  • Proteins: 13.2g

This recipe has been written by Nakano. Find out more about Japanese cookware here.

Author: Takahashi Sakura 

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