Japanese Cabbage Pancake

For this week’s cooking club, Tammi also showed us how to make a Japanese Cabbage Pancake. This seems like a simplified version of Okonomiyaki that Yumiko made. Yumiko’s Okonomiyaki was awesome and had a lot more ingredients. Tammi uses prawns and cabbage — a simpler version but much more quicker to make.



There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe:

  • 1/3 piece of a small cabbage
  • 6-7 pieces of prawns
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper


You may substitute the prawns with mushrooms, green onion, peppers or carrot if you prefer a vegetarian pancake. For those who prefer other meat can also substitute the prawns with diced ham, diced cooked chicken, bacon, cheese, etc.


IMG_4113_edited-1This is such a simple recipe. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients in a bowl. To cook it, heat some oil in a 10″ frying pan and pour the mixture into the frying pan. It is crucial to pat down the mixture so that it will stick together. Cover and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat.
IMG_4116_edited-1This is the nerve-wrecking step for inexperienced cooks. After 3 minutes, cover the frying pan with a plate which diameter is larger than frying pan. Flip over the frying pan to empty the contents onto the plate.
IMG_4118_edited-1You can see that the bottom of the pancake is already golden brown. Put a bit more oil in the frying pan before you slide back the pancake to further cook the bottom part for another 3 minutes, covered.

The pancake is great for a quick snack or brunch. Thanks again to Tammi for such a simple and healthy recipe. I will definitely make this for my family and will try out a few different ingredients. I think it would also be great with some thick sauce but got to figure what sauce goes well with it. Anyone has any recommendation for a good sauce for this?


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  1. Travis

    How ’bout the Okonomiyaki sauce that you can find at the store? They use sweet mayonnaise in Japan, too.

  2. Yumiko

    Suanne, I’m glad that you remember my okonomiyaki!
    We love okonomiyaki and make it often.

    The best sauce for okonomiyaki is ” Otafuku sauce “, and you can actually put mayonnaise and otafuku sauce both and put dried katsuo on it, delicious.

    You can get the sauce from Japanese store.
    Also you can add cheese too for ingredient, if you can add taro imo ( I don’t know the English name) and tenkasu ( left over tempura fried bits ) it will be even better okonomiyaki.



  3. Suanne

    Oh Duh! I did not know that there’s a sauce called okonomiyaki sauce. I will check that out. Thanks for tip, Travis.

    Yumiko: Do you know of any Japanese stores around Richmond or Burnaby? I will give the real okonomiyaki a try one of these days as Ben likes such type of food. I’ll let you know how mine turns out!


  4. Yumiko

    Suanne : I think you can get Otafuku sauce from Yaohan grocery store .
    You can get the free tenkasu from Ebiten food court of Crystal mall.
    You can also put nori flakes on the topping.
    Enjoy! 🙂

  5. Orli

    Wow! I just found this page on Google while looking for “5 ingredients recipes” and I am definitely gonna try this one. Thanks.

  6. britainey

    we had a teacher from Japan come and teach us one year when i was in high school and for the Okonomiyaki sauce she mixed ketchup and mayo goes over well with kids if you are making it for your family of picky eaters! It was yummy!

  7. Elaine

    Thanks for your instructions. I just tried making a vegetarian version. Everything was going swimmingly until the nerve-wrecking pancake-flipping part. Unfortunately my Corelle plate could not take the force of my cast iron skillet crashing down, and the plate shattered in pieces. However, I managed to salvage most of the pancake and it was still tasty good.

  8. Suanne

    Hi Elaine, it’s great to know that you tried and liked the recipe. I’m sure you will be able to flip the pancake better next time. Thank you for visiting our blog, Elaine.

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