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Recipe: Okonomiyaki

One thing I really love about okonomiyaki is it’s versatility in the use of ingredients. It makes the ideal dish for using up those bits and bobs of leftover produce you might have lying around in the fridge or pantry, giving them a new lease of life, especially for veggies that you might only have a limited amount of.

Okonomiyaki, is a Japanese savoury pancake and translates to “ how you like” or “what you like” and can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a midnight snack if the craving calls. The recipe for the pancake I am using is from Cornersmith’sUse it All” cookbook and is a great starting point as a base for creative toppings.

This makes around 8


400g of thinly sliced cabbage

200g of a mix of veggies thinly sliced- some ideas include onion, leeks, carrot, potato or even zucchini (squeezed dry)

1 Tsp of baking powder

1 Tsp salt

½ Tsp cracked black pepper

2 free-range eggs

160ml water

1 Tbsp of oil

For the toppings you can be as flexible as you like, these are some of my suggestions:

  • Freshly made slaw

  • Smoked trout

  • Mayonnaise

  • Sweet chili sauce

  • Soy Sauce

  • Kimchi

  • Pickled ginger

  • English spinach

  • Leftover poached chicken

Let you imagination go wild!


  1. Mix together the cabbage and the thinly sliced veggies

  2. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper

  3. In the third bowl whisk the eggs and 160ml of water

  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until combined

  5. Gradually fold in the sliced vegetables into the batter with the mixture loosening as you mix it through

  6. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat

  7. Making the pancakes in batches add ½ a cup of batter to the fry pan, spreading it out to make roughly a 10cm size pancake

  8. Pan fry the pancakes for 3minutes each side until golden brown

  9. Serve with your toppings of choice

If you make this recipe or an old-hand at okonomiyaki, please share your creative topping combinations below, I would love to see them! Drop me a line at

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