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Okonomiyaki means ‘grilled as you like it’ in Japanese. Some in the U.S. have called it ‘Japanese pizza.’ We’ve made some substitutions here to make this easy to pull off with long lasting produce and pantry staples! Check the substitutions list for ideas - you can make this with bacon or not, add frozen shrimp, even chicken or smoked salmon works really well too.


  • 14 pound Sweet Potato (about 1 large; use the pale American ones, or a russet potato instead)
  • 5 Eggs (large)
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 12 cup Water
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 head Green Cabbage (about 4 cups, shredded with a mandolin or finely chopped, or buy coleslaw mix)
  • 1 bunch Scallions (chopped, divided)
  • 14 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
  • 1 Lime (zest and juice)
  • 112 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 34 cup Canola Oil (for frying, roughly 1 tablespoon per pancake)
  • 2 Tablespoons White Sesame Seeds (optional, use only if you have them!)

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. BATTER

    Peel and grate the sweet potato on the largest holes of a box grater into a large (ideally) glass bowl.

    Into the bowl, whisk eggs, soy sauce, sesame oil and water. Gradually add the flour, salt, and baking soda, folding as you go, until its incorporated.

    Let the batter rest in the fridge for 10 minutes (and up to 2 hours) or so while you prep the rest for cooking.

  • 3. CABBAGE

    Shred or chop the head of cabbage. Aim for very thin slices and chop them to make them no longer than 2” long.

    Dice the scallions, both green and white parts. Set aside about ¼ to ½ cup of scallions for garnish and add the rest to the cabbage. (If you prefer the scallions cooked rather than raw, you can add them all to the cabbage instead.)

  • 4. SAUCES

    Use two small bowls.

    In the first bowl - whisk the mayo and sriracha if using. Zest the lime into it and then squeeze in the juice. Whisk to combine. It will be thin and tangy.

    In the second bowl - whisk together the sugar, oyster sauce, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce until smooth.


    Remove the batter from the fridge and fold in the cabbage/scallion mixture about ⅓ at a time. Doing it gradually will better coat it with the egg mixture.

  • 6. COOK

    Set out one or two heavy flat skillets on the stove top. Heat over medium high and add 1 Tablespoon of oil.

    Use a ½ cup measure to scoop batter into the center of the pan, and let it sit about 30 seconds. Then, you can use the back of the measure to pat down the pancake so it has a flat top and a nice circle has formed. Cook for 3 minutes.

  • 7. BACON

    While the first side is cooking, place 1-2 strips of bacon on the top side. You can fold in in a V shape as you lay it down so you have a zig zag pattern covering the top, but not too much bacon overlapping.

    After 3 minutes, carefully, flip the pancake over. Gently pat it down if needed. Cook for another 4 minutes on the second side or until the bacon is nice and crispy.

    Transfer to a wire rack in the oven.

    Repeat until the batter is done. You should get between 4-6 pancakes.

  • 8. SERVING

    Serve a pancake on the center of the plate. Drizzle with both sauces (traditionally, this fun cross hatching is made), sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with a heaping pile of scallions.

    They taste amazing hot and also at room temperature. Leftovers heat up beautifully in a toaster over and make a fabulous breakfast.

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    just omit the mayo based sauce
  • FISH:
    chopped up raw shrimp, smoked salmon, or tuna are amazing folded into the batter just before cooking. Or, sear the fish or shrimp separately and serve on top for an impressive presentation
  • BACON:
    Add strips of raw, thinly sliced bacon neatly to the pan before pouring in the batter. After 1 minute, pour the batter over top and when you flip, the bacon will stick to the top of the pancake!
    if you have roasted chicken, pork chops, or steak, you can dice them and fold into the batter. Or sear them separately then slice and serve over the top
    this is a win for kids. You can slice into strips and serve the sauces on the side for dunking. If you think they’ll push back on the cabbage, you can separate out about half the batter and in that batch, use and extra potato and just a little bit of the cabbage.
    Use a russet potato if that's what you have
    If you don't have these, garnish with cilantro, basil, parsley, or serve without herbs
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