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Takoyaki Recipe





Takoyaki is a very casual fast food in Japan. It might not be easily found at Japanese restaurants in the US or other parts of world even though it is a very popular dish.  Takoyaki tastes a little bit like round shaped Okonomiyaki, but it has a much different flavor from the Tako (octopus) cooked inside them. In most parts of Japan, people don’t treat Takoyaki as a meal.  Many people typically think of Takoyaki as something you get from street vendors at festivals and events.

In western Japan, in the Kansai area where we are from on the other hand, Takoyaki is very popular not only as a snack but also as a meal.   Many households in Kansai have Takoyaki pans at home so they can cook for dinner.  Takoyaki is actually very filling since flour is used as a main ingredient just like pancakes and bread.  With savory Takoyaki Sauce , similar to Okonomiyaki sauce (or even Tonkatsu sauce), it can be a very good main dish for dinner.

Takoyaki RecipeIt is very easy to make Takoyaki batter, and it’s even simple to cook, however, you must have a Takoyaki pan.  If you don’t have it, it’s not possible to make Takoyaki.  Luckily, today we can easily buy Takoyaki Pan online.  Some Takoyaki pans are cast iron pans to use on a stove top.   These work best on a gas stove. We tested on a flat electric stove, and it worked beautifully too, even though it took a little longer to heat up the pan and cook.  They also sell Electric Takoyaki Pan that are portable and great for Takoyaki parties to cook right at the dinner table.  If you decide to buy a Takoyaki pan, don’t forget to get a Takoyaki Pick (turner).  It often looks like a small ice pick, though some are flat on the end as well.  If you don’t have one, you can use something pointy, or skinny and thinner towards the end like a skewer. (A fork does not work well.)

Takoyaki is literally baked or fried octopus, so if you don’t use octopus, is it not really Takoyaki anymore?  ….that’s not true!  Put whatever you want inside Takoyaki.  We use cheese or sausage for kids, shrimp pieces when octopus is not available, vegetables like chopped cabbage, anything you want, really.  They are best eaten hot right out of a pan, so get a Takoyaki pan and enjoy fresh home made Takoyaki!




Takoyaki Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 30 pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480ml) Dashi
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2-3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Benishoga (pickled red ginger), chopped
  • 5-6 oz octopus, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • oil
  • Takoyaki sauce or Okonomiyaki sauce
  • mayo
  • Aonori (green dried seaweed)
  • Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix well Dashi, eggs, soy sauce, salt, and flour with a whisk.
  2. Heat a Takoyaki pan with oil to very hot, just until the oil begins to smoke. Use enough oil to coat the pan using a paper towel so that the batter won't stick. Then pour batter to fill the holes of the pan.
  3. Drop octopus pieces in the batter in each hole, and sprinkle chopped green onions and ginger all over the pan.
  4. Cook at medium heat for 1-2 minutes and turn over using a Takoyaki turner (you can use a chopstick too). It can be a little tricky at first, so watch the video to see the technique. Cook another 3-4 minutes, turning constantly.
  5. Place the cooked Takoyaki on a plate and pour Takoyaki sauce and mayo over them (to taste). Finish the dish by sprinkling the Takoyaki with Aonori (green dried seaweed) and Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes).
http://www.japanesecooking101.com/takoyaki-recipe/



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55 Comments

  • Reply
    Chuchay acolacol
    November 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    The recipe is very good and simple. Thank you for sharing it to us.

  • Reply
    Hugo Garcia
    January 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Im dying to try this as soon as my electric takoyaki maker gets here.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      January 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Hugo,
      electric takoyaki maker! good for you!

    • Reply
      Elizabeth
      August 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      I can’t wait to try this with my cake pop maker.

      • Reply
        nessa
        April 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        How did it turn out? I have a baby cakes too and I wanna try.

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    Pang
    January 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I will definitely try this recipe. I just got an aebleskiver pan, and am very curious to see whether I can use it for Takoyaki as well. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe; I will be sure to check this website often 🙂

    • Reply
      Noriko
      February 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Pang,
      that will make you a huge Takoyaki! Let us know if you tried!

  • Reply
    Meghan
    February 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Wow I hope to try making these soon! I only tried them recently and they were yum! Love your whole website, I will definitely be trying my hand at many of the recipes! I love how easy to follow and delicious they all look, thank you! 🙂 I have subscribed to your youtube channel!

    • Reply
      Noriko
      February 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Meghan,
      thanks for subscribing our Youtube channel! Come to our website too to see the whole recipes!

  • Reply
    Jeree
    February 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    My Takoyaki Maker just arrived and I’m so glad you had a video to guide me. I loved watching you and your comments made me smile. Since I first watched your videos, I’ve been inspired to make home made dashi and with that miso soup every day, and my husband loves them, so I thank you very much! I am going to keep watching your videos and learning more new things to try!

    • Reply
      Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Jeree,
      Congrats! You’ll love Takoyaki Maker!

  • Reply
    Elle
    February 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hello Ma’am! I’d like to ask. Is it really okay to use Tonkatsu sauce instead of Takoyaki sauce? I can’t find takoyaki sauce available in our stores so I only have Tonkatsu as an option. Does the taste similar? I’m just worried that they’re not the same and my takoyaki won’t taste the same because of different sauce.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      March 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Elle,
      if you cannot find Takoyaki or Okonomiyaki sauce, Tonkatsu sause is your best bet. You could add some Mirin to Tonkatsu sauce and let it boil for a few seconds, and it’s good to go.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    April 6, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I recently bought a cast iron takoyaki pan. I bought all my ingredients to make takoyaki but I have one question. I bought takoyaki flour from my semi-local Japanese grocery store. I’m assuming that probably has dashi in it already. How would I work with that?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      May 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Elizabeth,
      never used Takoyaki flour, so I don’t know. I guess you’re right that dashi is already in the flour. It’s better to follow the instruction on the package.

  • Reply
    Des
    April 14, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I would like to know how best to prepare freshly caught octopus for the Takoyaki recipe?
    Thank You

    • Reply
      Noriko
      April 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Des,
      you have to boil raw octopus before using in the recipe.

  • Reply
    luz
    April 23, 2014 at 5:51 am

    My daughter is crazy about it. So i want to learn how to make it.and i can make for her whenever she wants.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      April 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      luz
      hope you like it!

  • Reply
    luz
    April 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Ma’am
    I just want to ask.. What is dashi? Can i found it in other country’s market? Whats the english term of it?
    Thanks.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      April 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      luz,
      we have a recipe for dashi. Please check our web site!

  • Reply
    alyn
    May 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    where can i find all this ingredient in malaysia??

    • Reply
      Noriko
      June 4, 2014 at 1:22 am

      alyn,
      I don’t know! Do you have Japanese markets?

  • Reply
    Cloudia
    May 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I knw takoyaki isn’t relly takkyaki without the octopus but would I be able to get away with using chicken or pork? Mom won’t eat it otherwise.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      June 4, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Cloudia,
      of course! But cook long enough to cook the meat.

  • Reply
    wellhof
    May 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    My wife and I visited the takoyaki “museum” in Osaka. One shop had lemon rind and pepper toppings! They had a theme song for the place that, two years later, we still try to sing. We’ll be singing it tonight while we try this recipe.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      June 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

      wellhof,
      how cute!

  • Reply
    Michael Sherman
    June 30, 2014 at 6:34 am

    My niece is from Okinawa and I can’t wait to make this dish for our Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Michael,
      hope you and your niece like our Takoyaki recipe. It is fun to make with family and friends!

  • Reply
    Chloe
    July 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Can I add some minced cabbage into the batter?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Chloe,
      yes, you can. I sometimes do that to add more nutrition!

  • Reply
    Brian
    July 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    can you buy dashi instead of having to prepare it

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Brian,
      you could buy instant dashi (powder) and mix in boiling water. However, if you are boiling water, your job of making dashi is half way done.

  • Reply
    Tom
    July 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The okonomiyaki is already a family favorite. I want to cook takoyaki but I have had trouble finding a pan. The problem is that we have an induction stove top and I understand most of the pans are cast iron and won’t work.

    What do you recommend, a small butane stove to use a cast iron pan or just an electric takoyaki pan? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Which ever is fine. I have a cast iron pan and a butane stove, and that works very well. Good thing about this combination is you can use the butane stove for something else (hot pot, camping, etc.). My friend has electric one and she really likes it.

  • Reply
    Ian
    July 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Can you use a takoyaki pan with any type of cook top or will it only work well with a gas cook top?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Ian,
      we actually made takoyaki on flat electric stove top. It took longer to get the pan hot enough, but it worked.

  • Reply
    Hannah
    August 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Just made my first batch of takoyaki in a cake pop maker, it worked awesome!

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Hannah,
      wow, a cake pop maker! Who knew?!

  • Reply
    Chloe
    August 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Is there anything that can replace the dashi?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 12, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Chloe,
      you may use just water, but it wouldn’t be the same.

  • Reply
    SonJaeEun
    August 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Can we use flat cooking pan instead?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

      SonjaeEun,
      probably not…

  • Reply
    Cheryl S.
    August 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Just had takoyaki for dinner tonight. The sauce and the Japanese mayo are a must along with the bonito flakes and powdered nori. Yummy, yummy!
    I made half the recipe with octopus and the other half with kimchee…..I have to say, the kimchee was incredibly delicious !!! Not traditional but if anyone out there is going to make it, I hope that they will try it with the kimchee 🙂

    • Reply
      Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Cheryl,
      thanks for trying our Takoyaki recipes! Glad you liked them!

  • Reply
    Vera
    October 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Noriko さん… thank you for such a wonderful blog and youtube channel. I love japanese food so much and I am so excited to learn how to cook it from you!

    • Reply
      Noriko
      October 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Vera,
      you’re welcome! We have a new recipe every week, so come back soon!

  • Reply
    Puucho
    October 9, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Hello. I just tried making the batter. It’s sooo easy thanks to the instruction. Sadly, I still didn’t have two of the ingredients, the katsuboshi (rare and kinda expensive here..) and aonori (also rare..)

    Now, into the question. How long will the batter usually can be used until it is spoiled? Im planning to make an extra batter so I could cook them easily next time.

    Thank you 😉

    • Reply
      Noriko
      October 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Puucho,
      You can store it for a couple of days, but it won’t be the same (like pancake batter). It’s easy to make so I’d say make more when you want another batch. (And just in case somebody is thinking about it, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.)

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    Jared
    October 21, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I bought the smaller pan (12 count) and will be making takoyaki for my culinary class. Would you clean the pan before using it for a second batch or can you still use it?

    • Reply
      Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Jared,
      you don’t have to clean, but need to oil it.

  • Reply
    Bella
    October 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hi! Im from Brunei and i love looking for japanese recipe from ur website. I like ur simple and easy to find ingredients. I love takoyaki so much! I’ve already tried making takoyaki with instant takoyaki flour and later im going to make takoyaki using ur recipe

    • Reply
      Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Bella,
      thanks for coming to Japanese Cooking 101. We add a new recipe every week, so come back soon!

  • Reply
    Cheska
    March 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It’s simple, with relatively easy ingredients to get. Plus you saved us because we couldn’t find any takoyaki batter after going through two Asian markets. My boyfriend and I just recently bought a takoyaki pan. With this recipe plus the easy to follow video, we successfully made our first takoyaki! And we couldn’t have been happier :]

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