Japanese Vegetable Pancake (Okonomiyaki) Recipe

Okonomikyaki Recipe (Japanese vegetable pancake)When I lived in Melbourne, there was a great little Japanese lunch bar behind my office building. I loved ducking in for Okonomiyaki and Yakitori (Japanese Vegetable Pancake with Chicken skewers). Admittedly, the thick, sweet Japanese soy sauce and mayonnaise drizzled liberally over them is what I love about these pancakes (and they’ve got vegies in them, so they must be healthy!). I haven’t found them as readily available here in Brisbane, so thought I’d give them a try.

This is new recipe #1 for my 2011 goals. Click for the full recipe:

Japanese Vegetable Pancake (Okonomiyaki)

Japanese Vegetable Pancake (Okonomiyaki)


  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and grated
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cabbage leaves, shredded
  • 1 small can corn kernels (or 1 cup fresh/frozen corn kernels)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thick, sweet Japanese soy sauce (or Okonomiyaki sauce – available at Asian grocery stores, or barbecue sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise


  1. Mix together flour, potato, egg, a pinch of salt and water. Add cabbage, corn and onion.
  2. Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Spoon one-quarter of mixture (about two soup ladles) into frying pan on medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn pancake over and cook for another 10 minutes. Place in a warm oven and repeat with remaining batter.
  4. To serve, drizzle the sauce and mayonnaise over the pancakes.

Okonomikyaki Recipe (Japanese vegetable pancake)


The recipe makes four large pancakes and are deceptively filling. I didn’t have any mayonnaise and just used barbecue sauce. Hubby and I enjoyed them, the toddler wasn’t so keen!



  1. these look yummy! I think i’m going to give it a try and hope the toddler likes them. He loves regular pancakes, maybe I can convince him it’s a regular pancake! 🙂

  2. I decided to cook these tonight since its Shrove Tuesday. I also added some grated carrot and finely chopped red capsicum. Oh my good, they are to die for! Especially paired with yakitori sauce and the japanese (kewpie) mayonnaise drizzled over it. I teamed it with some chicken skewers marinated in the yakitori sauce and it was heaven! Thanks for sharing!!

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