Twisted American BBQ style Okonomiyaki Recipe

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13As promised here is my twisted version of the traditional Okonomiyaki recipe: I went American and experimented with the bold and smoky flavours of the Southern barbecue. The batter is the same of the traditional Japanese pancake but for the dashi (or fish stock) that I suggest you to omit. It’s perfect to use any leftovers and this American BBQ style Okonomiyaki will serve you well for a dinner with friends.

3-4 Servings


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of potatoes starch
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 big handful of shredded cabbage
  • 1 small, chopped onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 handful of chopped, roasted chicken
  • 1 handful of diced bell peppers
  • 1 handful of sweet corn
  • 1 finely chopped jalepeno
  • 6-8 bacon slices
  • barbeque sauce
  • spring onions
  • cilantro

You will need

  • A bowl, a frying pan or a skillet, a cup
  • A chopping knife, 1-2 tablespoons, a whisk, a ladle, 2 spatulas

10In a bowl combine one cup of flour with one tablespoon of potatoes starch. Add 3/4 of a cup of water and mix well until you get a silky texture, adding a bit more flour if it is too runny. Complete the basic batter adding a big handful of thinly sliced cabbage, a small handful of chopped onion, two eggs, salt and pepper. To the base add a handful of roughly chopped roasted chicken, diced bell peppers, sweet corn and the jalapeno (remove the seeds if you don’t want it too hot and spicy). Combine everything gently until everything is well coated in the batter.

12Pre-heat your skillet or a frying pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the surface and pour a big ladle of your batter to get thick and round pancakes. Place bacon strips on top and add a tablespoon of batter to embed them into the pancake. Turn it after four minutes with the help of two spatulas. Cover with a lid and cook four more minutes, then flip it again.

9Spread the top of your Okonomiyaki with regular bbq sauce and sprinkle with spring onions, sweet corn, jalapeno and fresh coriander and serve it hot.

Best comments from YouTube on Japanese Okonomiyaki: Classic and Twisted BBQ

CookingwithKarma: “Love Okonomiyaki. I’ve been meaning to make this myself for a long time. One of my favourite Japanese dishes. Both look amazing Alex. Nice twist :)”

John Inverso: “Hey French Guy, that was beautiful! We have been making okonomiyaki for years but never thought about a southwest bbq twist. Brilliant! I must give that a try.”

Yann Gomez: “Your “dancing demons” freaks me out a little bit, they are moving!!!!!!! Anyway, the american twist is great, I love to recycle chicken. Salut”

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