Takoyaki Pancake

Difficulty
Medium
Servings
6–10 servings
Prep Time
30 Mins
Active Time
30 Mins

Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack made of wheat flour-based batter and octopus. It originated in Osaka and spread across Japan. You can now find it in street markets, convenience stores, and restaurants all over the country.

Takoyaki is crispy on the outside, a little moist on the inside; it’s light and savory, but very filling. Making it starts with a better that’s poured into a takoyaki maker. This is a cooking tool that kind of looks like a cross between a pan and an egg carton. While the bottom of the takoyaki cooks, you put octopus (plus other mix-ins of choice) into the takoyaki. The takoyaki is then flipped to form a sphere. Once done, it’s transferred to a container and topped with sauces and garnishes.

If it’s not yet obvious, this takoyaki recipe is not authentic. Aside from the shape, there are certain ingredients that make takoyaki what it is. And a lot of it isn’t accessible locally. That said, this recipe produces the same flavor using ingredients that you can easily find online or in a nearby supermarket.

Takoyaki

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup chicken stock or dashi
  • ½ tbsp vinegar
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp soda water, cold
  • 1 large egg
  • neutral oil, for frying

Mix-ins

  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • ⅓ cup spring onions
  • ¼ cup cooked baby shrimp
  • ¼ cup crab meat
  • ¼ cup cooked squid, cut into ½-inch pieces

For Serving

  • Kewpie mayonnaise
  • takoyaki sauce
  • bonito flakes
  • aonori (dried seaweed)
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