Oishii japanese street food, Takoyaki! With Iwatani butane stovetop grill

The secret to perfect Home Made Takoyaki!

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The secret to perfect home-made Takoyaki!

Takoyaki is a delightful Japanese street food that tantalizes the taste buds with its unique combination of flavors and textures. These savory octopus balls, as the name suggests, are the epitome of umami goodness. The batter, made rich with eggs and dashi powder, achieves a perfect crispiness while binding together a medley of ingredients.

Each takoyaki ball encapsulates tender pieces of octopus, adding a satisfying chewiness to the experience. Green onions contribute a fresh and vibrant element, while tenkasu, or tempura bits, provide a delightful crunch and enticing aroma. The interplay of sweet and savory is heightened with the addition of takoyaki sauce, creating a luscious coating that complements the other flavors.

To achieve that iconic appearance, a drizzle of Kewpie mayo imparts a creamy richness, while bonito flakes delicately dance on top, creating a visual spectacle. A sprinkle of seaweed adds a touch of earthy depth to the ensemble.

Cooked to golden perfection in a specialized takoyaki pan, these savory orbs are a treat for both the palate and the eyes. Whether enjoyed as a snack or a festive party dish, takoyaki promises a delightful journey of taste and texture in every bite. Now, let's dive into the steps of creating these delectable takoyaki delights with our homemade recipe!

  • Takoyaki Flour: Provides the classic distinct Takoyaki flavor and binds the other ingredients together! Alternatively you can use a mix of flour dashi powder.
  • Eggs: Essential for crispiness in the batter.
  • Soy sauce: An optional dip to enhance the overall flavor.
  • Octopus/tako: Cooked and cubed, available in the seafood section of Asian grocery stores. Try Mitsuwa or Tokyo Central if you have them near you.
  • Green onions: Adds freshness to the takoyaki. Available from your local grocery.
  • Tenkasu: Tempura bits for texture and aroma. This ingredient is optional, and can be substituted with rice Krispies.
  • Takoyaki sauce: A thick brown sweet and savory sauce. It wouldn’t be Takoyaki without this.
  • Kewpie mayo: You can substitute other types of mayo, but Kewpie is the most commonly used for this delicacy, and for good reason!
  • Bonito flakes: Delicate, paper-thin shaved dried fish that add a dancing effect.
  • Seaweed: Powdered seaweed for a little green sprinkle. A little salty. A little crunch.
  • Takoyaki pan: Available online right here through the Iwatani official store! This gives Takoyaki its round shape. That’s important – after all, it’s called “octopus balls” for a reason.

How to Make Takoyaki:

  1. Mix: Whip the egg separately before adding to flour. Follow the instructions on your Takoyaki Flour package for portions. Whisk the batter thoroughly to eliminate floury bits. Add water until the mix is runny, but not fully liquid.
  2. Prep: Cut up octopus, slice green onions, and have all ingredients ready. Heat up the pan.
  3. Pour and Fill: Oil the pan, pour batter into compartments, add fillings, and cook until edges solidify. It’s OK if batter overflows outside the compartments to the lip! Slightly overfilling is the only way to get full round spheres.
  4. Flip: Once golden brown, add a little more batter (this is the secret to get the full round shape!), then use skewers to turn takoyaki 90 degrees, ensuring a round shape. Cook until crispy and brown, moving them for even cooking.
  5. Sauce: Brush with takoyaki sauce and mayo. Top with bonito and aonori. Enjoy!

Takoyaki Tips and Tricks:

  • Pre-make batter: Let it sit in the fridge covered for smoothness and crispiness.
  • Use a generous amount of batter: Overfill rounds for perfectly round balls.
  • Move the balls around: Helps with even browning in pans with uneven heat. Some areas of the pan may heat unevenly, especially if using an electric pan.


Takoyaki is very flexible! Not everyone likes Tako. You can replace it with something else. Common options are:

  • Spam
  • Hot dogs
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork

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