Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savory Pancake)

A Japanese-style savory pancake that is just irresistible!

4 Servings

Recipe Categories:

Entrees VeganNut-Free

Updated: Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:52am



  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 6 Tablespoons warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon safflower oil + 2-3 Tablespoons
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped tempeh bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 2 Tablespoons potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped green onions + ¼ cup for garnish
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Okonomiyaki Sauce

  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • Sesame seeds & Furikake, to garnish


  1. Whisk together ground flax seeds with warm water. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and tempeh bacon. Saute for a few minutes or until mushrooms soften. Add in garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, potato starch, and salt. Make a well in the middle of mixture and pour in water and flax seed mixture. Stir to combine.
  4. Add cabbage, green onions and breadcrumbs to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Mixture should be wet and thick
  5. Heat 2 Tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour about half of the flour mixture in skillet. You will need to spread out mixture with a spatula until it’s about 1” thick. Top mixture with sautéed vegetables, pressing them into batter. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  6. Allow the batter to cook for 6-8 minutes or until crispy and brown. Check frequently as it’s very easy to burn.
  7. Flip batter over carefully and repeat on the other side. Add more oil if needed. Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining batter.
  8. As the okonomiyaki cooks, prepare the Okonomiyaki Sauce: Whisk together all ingredients until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  9. Once both sides are golden brown, remove from skillet onto serving plate.
  10. Drizzle okonomiyaki with sauce. Top with ¼ cup green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds and furikake. Itadakimase (Let’s eat!)