Hi guys. Do you like takoyaki? Me, I do. Once in a while I crave for takoyaki and last night, we had takoyaki party at home. In this post, I’ll share an easy takoyaki recipe.
I’ve heard that in Osaka, most households have their own set of kitchen tools for making takoyaki at home.
Unfortunately, we don’t have that. Instead, we have one that is perfect for a starter.
This one has a removable plate. It comes with another plain plate for cooking like yakisoba.
These are the ingredients needed to make takoyaki.
(For about 40 pieces)
– 300 grams of flour
– 900 ml of water
– 5 grams of dashi no moto (soup stocks powder)
– 3 pcs. of eggs
– chopped spring onions
– chopped boiled octopus
– cooking oil for greasing the plate
– takoyaki sauce (optional)
– bonito flakes (optional)
– aosa powder [sea lettuce powder] (optional)
Although it’s more flavorful with takoyaki sauce, bonito flakes and aosa powder, if you only got mayonnaise, that will do. The simplest form of takoyaki you can find in Japan is no topping at all.
Now we got all the ingredients we need. It’s time to cook takoyaki!
Prepare the takoyaki batter.
Ready the takoyaki plate.
Pour the batter into the holes.
If it overflows the holes a little, don’t worry, you can tuck in the rest when you flip it later.
Add the octopus and spring onions.
Now, add the chopped octopus and spring onions into each hole. Wait for few minutes to cook the outer layer of the balls, so you can flip it without crumbling it into pieces.
Don’t overcook. The remaining liquid part inside will drip down to the bottom to form the rest of the ball.
Flip the takoyaki.
When the outer layer turns light brown, flip the takoyaki. You can use pointed sticks to flip it easily. Tuck in the excess part into the hole. Wait for another few minutes until the bottom side is cooked.
Put some toppings.
It’s cooked now, take it out from the hot plate and transfer to a serving plate. For topping, add takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aosa powder and bonito flakes.
Tips and more…
Time to eat! Be cautious when eating takoyaki, never try to eat up the entire takoyaki at once. It’s pretty hot inside that you may get yourself burned.
Aside from octopus, you can also use other seafoods. I sometimes use fish sausage. Although, technically it won’t be called takoyaki anymore, it would be kaisen-yaki (kaisen for seafood and yaki for grill).
It is one option to cook when getting together with family and friends. Easy to prepare and everyone can participate in cooking while chatting, making meal a lot more exciting and fun.
In Japan, you can find takoyaki plate mostly in department stores. You can find very affordable one online or even in Donki Quijote. If you are living outside Japan, here some items I found on Amazon.