Okonomiyaki, simple and fast Japanese Pizza recipe!

Okonomiyaki japanese pizza Osaka style

An okonomiyaki is a Japanese salted pancake or pizza very popular in Japan and especially in Osaka which is eaten as a main dish and is generally shared with several people. It’s a very full flavoured and tasty dish. You can customize it by choosing your topping (meat, fish, vegetables). Its preparation is quite simple and fast. However, you would need to have some Japanese ingredients that you can buy in Japanese grocery stores or on the internet.

The Japanese ingredients you will need for the okonomiyaki recipe are:

Ingredient for okonomiyaki pizza

1. okonomiyaki sauce, an essential ingredient in the development of a true okonomiyaki. This sauce gives the okonomiyaki all its flavour. You can buy some here.

2. Japanese mayonnaise Kewpie, it’s quite lighter than the normal mayonnaise. To purchase, follow this link.

3. Dashi powder for ease of use. You can make dashi yourself and it will only be better if you do. But if you prefer the east way or don’t have the tine you can buy Shimaya’s Dashinomoto  or some other dashi brand soup stock, which will be perfectly fine.

4. A bag of kastuobushi. It’s dried and grated Bonito in fine shavings. They add character to the ensemble and bring a very pleasant visual touch. We recommend you buy from the brand Wadakyu, produced in Japan which is good and not too expensive.

5. Aonori which will bring a very pleasant taste of algae to the okonomiyaki pizza.

We have already tried with substitute ingredients like the ordinary mayonnaise for example, but the general taste suffers. If you want to rediscover the flavors of the real okonomiyaki you absolutely need these Japanese ingredients! Now it’s time for the recipe:

Preparation 10 min  Cook 10 min  Total time 20 min

Our recipe of okonomiyaki is enough for 1 pizza/ pancake

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of katsuobushi “dried bonito”
  • 1 mayonnaise kewpie
  • 1 okonomiyaki sauce
  • aonori
  • 1 sachet of 10g dashi powder
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g of meat or fish
  • Optional slices of fat”
  • 2 leaves of chinese cabbage
  • 1/2 bag of chemical yeast
  • 100 g flour

Equipment needed:

  • Salad bowl
  • A spoon to mix
  • A spatula for okonomiyaki
  • A pan a griddle or a plancha”

Instruction

  1. In the bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, heat 100 ml of water and add your dashi powder, then mix. I personally put half a pack if you want it to be more full-bodied in taste you can put 1 whole. Add this hot dashi to the flour / yeast mixture.
  3. Add the egg and stir. We get a smooth paste.
  4. Finely cut the Chinese cabbage leaves and add them to the batter.
  5. From this step you can add the filling of your choice, here from the shrimp and another to the chickens and slices of bacon. You have to mix well in the bowl.
  6. All that remains is to cook it in a frying pan or at best on a crepe or to plant it on the table. Cook the sliced bacon and place on the plate once golden.
  7. Place the okonomiyaki paste on the skillet over medium heat to Brown the surface. 5 minutes on each side is enough, see if the raw filling is cooked well.
  8. You can turn it back with your spatulas. If you don’t have one, you can always buy this set of two really top spatulas for cooking. You will facilitate the daily life.
  9. We finish with the sauces.
  10. First the okonomiyaki sauce, draw short parallel lines on the okonomiyaki. In Japan they use a broad brush and generously coat everything.
  11. Then with Kewpie mayonnaise sauce
  12. Draw parallel lines from above.
  13. If you want to make patterns with a knife, simply slide the blade from one knife to the other.
  14. Sprinkle generously with katsuobushi. Then sprinkle some aonori and it’s ready !

Good appetite!

 

Some Tips and tricks

– You could add  wasabi sauce with a light taste (after the Kewpie mayonnaise stage), we find that it brings a very interesting taste to the okonomiyaki. Even if it is not included as an ingredient in the original recipe you would certainly appreciate the addition of with this sauce!

You can add marinated red ginger “beni shoga” as garnish if you like. As a garnish idea, you can use pork, scallops, cod, chicken, beef, calamari, etc. …

The okonomiyaki must have a rather thick consistency while being mellow in the mouth. This dish is very delicious when eaten with a beer or umeshu for example!

 

Okonomiyaki, simple and fast Japanese Pizza recipe!
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 bag of katsuobushi "dried bonito"
  • 1 mayonnaise kewpie
  • 1 okonomiyaki sauceaonori
  • 1 sachet of 10g dashi powder
  • 1 egg150 g of meat or fish
  • Optional slices of fat"
  • 2 leaves of chinese cabbage
  • ½ bag of chemical yeast
  • 100 g flour
  • Equipment needed:
  • Salad bowl
  • A spoon to mix
  • A spatula for okonomiyaki
  • A pan or a griddle
Instructions
  1. In the bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, heat 100 ml of water and add your dashi powder, then mix. I personally put half a pack if you want it to be more full-bodied in taste you can put 1 whole.
  3. Add this hot dashi to the flour / yeast mixture.Add the egg and stir. We get a smooth paste.
  4. Finely cut the Chinese cabbage leaves and add them to the batter.
  5. From this step you can add the filling of your choice, here from the shrimp and another to the chickens and slices of bacon. You have to mix well in the bowl.
  6. All that remains is to cook it in a frying pan or at best on a crepe or to plant it on the table. Cook the sliced bacon and place on the plate once golden.
  7. Place the okonomiyaki paste on the skillet over medium heat to Brown the surface. 5 minutes on each side is enough, see if the raw filling is cooked well.
  8. You can turn it back with your spatulas. If you don't have one, you can always buy this set of two really top spatulas for cooking. You will facilitate the daily life.
  9. We finish with the sauces.
  10. First the okonomiyaki sauce, draw short parallel lines on the okonomiyaki. In Japan they use a broad brush and generously coat everything.
  11. Then with Kewpie mayonnaise sauce
  12. Draw parallel lines from above.
  13. If you want to make patterns with a knife, simply slide the blade from one knife to the other.
  14. Sprinkle generously with katsuobushi. Then sprinkle some aonori and it's ready !Good appetite!
 

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