Vegetarian Okonomiyaki

These Japanese style pancakes have ALL the textures, creating the perfect bite every time. There is something satisfying about sinking your teeth into a crispy edged, meaty pancake, with fresh spring onions and creamy Kewpie mayo (this is essential btw).

There are many versions of this pancake and some use all traditional ingredients. This version is a little bit Westernised. I’ve added some cheese and sweet potato. The method is also very simplified, making it uncomplicated and incredibly quick. It’s perfect for a midweek kitchen dinner. You can find recipes with prawns, pork, okonomiyaki sauce, soba noodles, mirin, bean sprouts, potato flour…the list goes on. BUT the basic principle is the same – deliciously flavoured and filled pancakes with a saucy topping.


Vegetarian Okonomiyaki

  • Author: Sharnee
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Meat-free Monday



  • 2 egg
  • 1 tablespoon kecap manis (sweet soy)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 3 cups very finely shredded cabbage (green or Chinese)
  • 1 cup grated sweet potato
  • 1 finely chopped spring onion

To Cook

  • olive oil, for pan-frying

To Serve

  • sriracha
  • Kewpie ma
  • sesame seeds (black, white or both) 1 finely chopped spring onion


Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined.

To Cook

Place a nonstick frypan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Carefully spoon in half of the mixture into the centre of the frypan, spreading out to roughly form a 15cm disc. Allow the pancake to cook for a 5 or so minutes until golden underneath and well set. Flip over, then continue to cook on the other side for another 5 minutes. Flip once more, if needed to finish off the cooking. The finished pancake will be golden and crisp on the outside and cooked all the way through. Remove to a plate, then repeat with the remaining batter. LITTLE TIP: If you are amking more than two you can turn the oven on low and keep the cooked pancakes in there while you continue cooking them all. OR you can just serve them immediately while hot.

To Serve

Serve hot. Top with swirls of sriracha and kewpie. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and spring onions. Cut into little wedges and enjoy.

Keywords: meat-free, okonomiyaki, vegetarian,