Prawn and vegetable Okonomiyaki - Japanese pancake

You'll love this classic Japanese street food.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 1
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This fresh and succulent prawn and vegetable Japanese pancake is perfect for dinner when you are short on time - quick and easy, yet packed full of fresh Asian flavours.
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Prawn and vegetable Japanese pancake
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1 egg
  • 4 uncooked prawns (60g), shelled, chopped coarsely
  • 1 small zucchini (90g), grated coarsely
  • 1 baby carrot (20g), grated coarsely
  • 1 cup (60g) cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 slice streaky bacon (60g), trimmed to fit pan
  • japanese-style mayonnaise (kewpie) and lemon wedge, to serve


Prawn and vegetable Japanese pancake
  • 1
    Preheat grill to high heat.
  • 2
    Preheat grill to high heat.
  • 3
    Whisk flour, water and egg in a medium bowl until smooth. Add prawns, zucchini, carrot, half the cabbage and half the onion; season.
  • 4
    Heat oil in a 16cm ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Add pancake mixture; spread evenly in pan. Cook for 4 minutes or until golden on the base. Place bacon over the top; transfer to the grill. Cook for 8 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • 5
    Slide pancake onto a plate. Drizzle with sauce mixture and mayonnaise; sprinkle with remaining onion and cabbage; serve with a lemon wedge.


Japanese pancakes, or okonomiyaki as they are also known − meaning 'what you like', are customised using toppings for texture and flavour. To our pancake you could add prepared fried noodles and shredded nori, or even pickled pink ginger. If your frying pan is a few centimetres smaller or larger don't be concerned, simply adjust the cooking time slightly to compensate for the different thickness of the pancake. If the handle of the frying pan is not ovenproof, wrap it in foil.

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