vegetable okonomiyaki

Vegetable Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style savoury pancake and one of the most popular street food. It’s unpretentious Japanese food and inexpensive to make.

Okonomiyaki literally means ‘grill what you like’ in Japanese, and as its name suggests, you can add a variety of ingredients of your choice to the same base: batter and shredded cabbages. For this particular recipe, I chose sweetcorn to add some sweetness, and spring onions to give an accent. It’s packed with vegetables and kids love it, even ones who hate vegetables. It’s also vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Authentically, dashi fish stock is used for the batter and there are a set of conventional garnishes for it: Okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes, and seaweed flakes, which are quite difficult to find at your local supermarket. This recipe doesn’t require those ingredients, as I created this recipe for anyone who wants to have a go at cooking okonomiyaki outside of Japan. It’s seasoned already, so you can eat as it is, or garnish with mayonnaise and soy sauce if you like.

It’s light and fluffy. Try cooking Okonomiyaki for a light lunch or a healthy snack.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Level: Easy


Ingredients for 2

100g Sweetheart Cabbage Leaves (shredded)

50g Spring Onion or Salad Onion (finely chopped)

100g Tin of Sweetcorn (drained)

100g Plain Flour

100ml Water

1 Vegetable Stock Cube (dissolve in 50ml hot water)

2 tbs Cooking Oil

Mayonnaise (optional)

Soy Sauce (optional)


  1. Place the shredded cabbage, chopped onion, sweetcorn, plain flour, water, and the dissolved stock cube in a bowl. Mix well.DSC_9818
  2. Place 1 tbs cooking oil in a frying-pan, and heat over a medium-strong heat. Place half of the mixture into the frying-pan, and spread to make a circle with about a 16cm diameter using the back of a spoon. Panfry the mixture for two and a half minutes.DSC_9819
  3. Flip it over, and panfry for a further two minutes. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Place the pancakes on serving plates. Garnish with mayonnaise and soy sauce to your preference.DSC_9834



  1. You can replace the stock cube with any cube of your choice.
  2. Alternatively, make bite-sized pancakes to serve as a canapé to your guest.

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