Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancake)

This cabbage pancake is a popular dish throughout Japan and is easily adapted to one's preferences. While the fillings and toppings can vary, from pork and fried eggs to ginger and bonito flakes, the base features a cabbage pancake made with a savory batter—and that's what we do here to let the vegetable shine. The flexibility of this dish is reflected in its name, okonomi and yaki, which roughly translates to "cooked as you like it."

a recipe photo of the Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancake) served on a plate
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Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 3 large eggs

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hondashi (optional; see Tip)

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 4 cups finely shredded green cabbage

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

  • Finely shredded nori for garnish (optional)


  1. Whisk eggs, water, soy sauce and hondashi (if using) in a large bowl. Add flour and baking powder; whisk until smooth. Stir in cabbage and scallions until well combined.

  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the cabbage mixture and gently spread into an even layer (do not press down). Cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until browned on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cover with a rimless plate. Holding the plate tightly against the pan, invert the pan onto the plate so the okonomiyaki transfers to the plate. Slide the okonomiyaki off the plate back into the pan, browned-side up. Return to medium heat; cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the bottom is browned and the center is set, about 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl.

  4. Transfer the okonomiyaki to a serving plate. Drizzle the Sriracha-mayonnaise mixture over the top in a zigzag pattern. Garnish with sliced scallions and shredded nori, if desired, and slice into 4 pieces.


Hondashi is instant dashi powder, and adds an umami flavor to this recipe. Find it online or at Asian grocery stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
13g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Vitamin A 318IU 6%
Vitamin C 30mg 33%
Vitamin D 31IU 8%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 129mcg 32%
Vitamin K 106mcg 88%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 263mg 6%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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