Learn the Best Vegetarian Okonomiyaki Recipe and More

Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake dish from Japan. If you are not familiar with this dish, it is a sort of a frittata-like Japanese savory pancake, which is made with scallions, cabbage, and assorted seafood or meat. Here, you will learn about the vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe.

So, there are two types of okonomiyaki, the one originated in Hiroshima and the other one from Osaka. The Hiroshima recipe contains omelet, noodles, and typically bacon. It is cooked in various layers. This pancake style needs lots of ingredients and works in a technique. In the latter dish, all the ingredients are combined together and pan-fried in the shape of a pancake.

Conventionally, okonomiyaki is prepared with dashi, all-purpose flour, and mountain yam that is even known as Nagaimo. This mountain yam features a slimy, gelatinous texture, which binds everything together perfectly. Also, it provides the okonomiyaki with a fluffier texture. However, it is a bit difficult to find this yam, specifically if you like the right type. Of course, you can go for its substitutions.

Here, we have talked about the homemade vegetarian version of this recipe. This tasty Japanese pancake is packed with green onions and shredded cabbage, which is topped with a tomato sauce and drizzled finally with mayonnaise. It is a very hearty, flavorful, and simple to prepare vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe. If you are looking for an easy, fun cooking project that does not require hours in the kitchen, then try this Japanese recipe!


The Best Vegetarian Okonomiyaki Recipe

vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe

This is one of the best vegetarian Japanese recipes. If you have not tried cooking Japanese food, then this recipe could be a brilliant start. This Japanese dish is super easy to prepare. It is a savory pancake full of shredded veggies. Now, let’s see how to make this delicious vegetarian pancake!


For making the vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe:

  • Eggs (4)
  • Plain Flour (80 g)
  • Soy Sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Ginger (½ tsp, pureed)
  • Black pepper
  • Green Cabbage (120 g, finely shredded)
  • Carrot (1 small, grated)
  • Spring onions (2, thinly sliced)
  • Oil (1 tbsp)

For serving:

  • Salad cream or mayonnaise
  • Chopped spring onions
  • Sriracha
  • Sesame seeds


First, you need to beat the eggs in a bowl and then, add plain flour to it. Now, whisk together for forming the batter of your pancakes. Put in pureed ginger, soy sauce, and black pepper. After that, add the shredded cabbage, spring onions, and carrots. Combine them all together.

Next, heat some oil in a frying pan and spoon in ¼ of the pancake’s mixture. You have to cook it over medium-low heat for some minutes until its underside turns golden brown. Now, carefully flip your pancake using a spatula and cook for some more minutes, until entirely cooked.

Now, repeat the same with the remaining mixture for creating four pancakes. Serve your vegetarian okonomiyaki with mayonnaise or salad cream, sriracha, sesame seeds, and sliced spring onions. You will love this vegetarian version of the authentic Japanese dish!

The Best Vegan Okonomiyaki Recipe

vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe

So, this recipe is not an authentic Japanese recipe. To make it vegan and healthier, some changes were made to the traditional recipe. The best thing about okonomiyaki is how versatile this dish is. You can add all of your favorite ingredients or leftovers in your batter, such as mushrooms, smoked tofu, carrots, spinach, bell peppers, peanuts, ginger, and the choice is entirely yours!

In this recipe, jackfruit is used to provide the dish a fluffier texture that can be found in the authentic dish having meat and seafood. Now, let’s have a look at the ingredients you need to prepare it and then, follow up with the directions!


  • Jackfruit
  • Green Jackfruit (20-ounce, canned)
  • Sesame Paste (1 tbsp) or Peanut butter (1 tsp, mixed with ¼ tsp sesame oil)
  • Soy Sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Maple Syrup (1 tbsp)
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Oat Flour (½ cup)
  • Buckwheat Flour (½ cup)
  • Flax seeds (2 tbsp, ground)
  • Dried Shiitakes (2 tbsp, ground)
  • Salt (½ tsp)
  • Five Spice Powder (½ tsp)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Cabbage (1 cup, finely shredded)
  • Green Onions (½ cup, chopped)
  • Coconut Bacon (¼ cup)
  • Marinated Ginger (1 tbsp, chopped)
  • Okonomiyaki Sauce, Aonori Seaweed, Vegan Mayonnaise, Green Onions for toppings
  • Okonomiyaki Sauce
  • Ketchup (¼ cup)
  • Vegan Worcestershire Sauce (2 tbsp)
  • Soy Sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Maple Syrup (2 tbsp)


First, you need to drain the jackfruit and rinse it. Chop off its center and discard it. Mash the jackfruit roughly using a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and put in soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame paste. Stir well for coating the jackfruit with this sauce. In a skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil and add jackfruit once hot. Cook for five minutes and then, remove from heat and keep aside.

For making the okonomiyaki sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Next, you have to work on okonomiyaki. Combine the buckwheat flour, oat flour, ground shiitakes, ground flax seeds, five-spice powder, and salt in a big mixing bowl. Pour in water and keep whisking until there are no clumps. Add the chopped green onions, shredded cabbage, chopped ginger, jackfruit, and coconut bacon.

Combine everything using a spoon until all the items are well coated with the batter. Rest it for five minutes. Now, heat a non-stick skillet over a medium flame. After that, add a tablespoon of oil and put in 1/3 of the batter into the shape of a pancake in the skillet. Decide the thickness, a bit less than 1-inch will do fine. Cover the skillet and cook for another five minutes or until the bottom turns golden brown.

Next, flip the okonomiyaki, cover, and cook for around nine minutes. After both sides become golden brown, transfer it to a plate and top with a tablespoon okonomiyaki sauce and drizzle with vegan mayonnaise.

Serve hot topped with aonori seaweed and chopped green onions. The batter can lastup to two days if you keep it covered in the fridge. You may need to add some tablespoons of water if it thickens too much.

Now, watch this video to learn another amazing vegetarian version of this Japanese dish.


So, these are two of the most amazing vegetarian okonomiyaki recipes. The one is the best vegetarian okonomiyaki recipe, while the other one is the best vegan one. Both of these recipes are easy to follow. To make Osaka-style okonomiyaki, all you need to do is to combine all the vegetables together. Typically, these ingredients include cabbage, green onions, carrots, etc.

If you want to cook the authentic okonomiyaki, then you have to go for some combination of meat and seafood like octopus, shrimp, squid, or pork belly.  As the above-listed okonomiyaki recipes are vegetarian, you would not find any seafood or meat here.

As Okonomiyaki is a hearty and flavorful meal, you can have it any time of the day. After reading these recipes, it is time for you to go into your kitchen and prepare this flavorful recipe. Tell us in the comments how much you love this Japanese meal!

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