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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) literally means "grilled as you like it", and is a savory Japanese pancake, loaded with veggies that can be customized based on what you have in the fridge.
Course Brunch, Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Flour, Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 3 okonomiyaki

Ingredients

  • 400 grams cabbage (~half a small head)
  • 60 grams scallions (~2 , thinly sliced)
  • 10 grams katsuobushi
  • 140 grams all-purpose flour (~1 cup)
  • 280 grams nagaimo (peeled and grated)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dashi (or cold water)
  • 9 slices bacon
  • okonomiyaki sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • aonori
  • katsuobushi
  • benishoga

Instructions

  1. Remove the core and tough parts of the stems from the cabbage and shred it.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, scallions, katsuobushi, and all-purpose flour, tossing with two large forks or your fingers to distribute everything evenly.
  3. Peel the nagaimo and grate it into a separate bowl. You can also roughly chop it and puree it in a food processor.
  4. Add the eggs and dashi, and whisk together until the everything is uniformly incorporated.
  5. If you want to add other filling ingredients, this is the time to do it. Decide whether your additions will incorporate better into the dry ingredients or wet ingredients and mix them in accordingly.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the cabbage mixture and stir together until all the cabbage has been moistened and there are no large lumps of flour, but be careful not to overmix. It's fine if there are still some small clumps of flour.
  7. Lay out the bacon in a cold pan, overlapping slightly to account for shrinkage. If you aren't using bacon, you'll need to add a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to the pan.
  8. Add a third of the cabbage mixture into a mound on top of the bacon. Press down on the mound using a spatula to flatten out the top and then push the edges back towards the center to make a round pancake that's roughly the same thickness from edge to edge (it should be about 3/4-inch thick).
  9. Cover with a lid and cook until the bottom is well browned (about 7 minutes).
  10. Flip the okonomiyaki. If you are unsure about your flipping abilities, lightly oil and preheat a second pan, then you can use the second pan to cover the first and flip the okonomiyaki straight into the second pan using oven mitts to hold the hot pans.
  11. Press down on the top of the okonomiyaki with a spatula and cook uncovered until the second side is browned as well (about 7 minutes).
  12. Slide the okonomiyaki out of the pan onto a plate and top with chuno sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, katsuobushi and benishoga.