Okonomiyaki Chaffles Cabbage Pancake

Okonomiyaki is usually thought of as festival food and is made to be eaten as a snack, appetizer or side dish. They are made with cabbage and can be considered savory fritters. This recipe in particular gives you the option of making it easily using a waffle iron as well as keeping you on track by using low carb and gluten-free ingredients.

Okonomiyaki chaffles Japanese cabbage pancake served on a white plate topped with bonito flakes, green onion, mayo and okonomiyaki sauce, top down shot.

How to make Okonomiyaki Chaffles, a Japanese Cabbage Pancake?


  1. Prepare gluten-free batter by mixing eggs, mozzerella cheese, baking powder and shredded cabbage.
  2. Next, combine ingredients to make the drizzling sauce.
  3. In a mini waffle maker or a medium-sized skillet coated with vegetable oil, pour the batter and cook on medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown, flip with a spatula and repeat.
  4. After that, simply add toppings of your choice such as mayo, red ginger, bonito flakes, or even sriracha mayo!

Recipe Variations

If you’re looking to make a traditional okonomiyaki batter, simply substitute the Mozzarella cheese with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of water or dashi and a sprinkle of salt!

What ingredients do I need to make okonomiyaki?


  • Mozzarella Cheese – pre-shredded mozzerella cheese.
  • Baking Powder – standard Baking Powder to help the batter rise.
  • Cabbage – green cabbage.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor.
  • Bonito Flakes – made from shaved Dried Bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Can replace with Hondashi.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Dried Seaweed Powder – you can purchase these at Japanese supermarkets.
  • Beni Shoga (pickled ginger) – also found in Japanese supermarkets, these are usually cut into thin matchsticks and soaked in a red marinade.
  • Ketchup – use Sugar Free Ketchup for a keto-friendly sauce.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire Sauce packed in a bottle. Found in grocery stores.

Ingredient Add Ins for Japanese Cabbage Pancakes

  • Shrimp
  • Garlic
  • Pork
  • Scallop
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Bean sprouts
  • Benishoga (reg ginger)
  • Kewpei Mayonnaise
  • Bonito Flakes
  • Green Onion / Scallions
  • Dried Seaweed

Okonomiyaki chaffles Japanese cabbage pancake served on a white plate topped with bonito flakes, green onion, mayo and okonomiyaki sauce, side angle shot.

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Okonomiyaki chaffles Japanese cabbage pancake served on a white plate topped with bonito flakes, green onion, mayo and okonomiyaki sauce, being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Watch How To Make It

Okonomiyaki Chaffles Cabbage Pancake

These okonomiyaki cabbage pancakes are just what you need to satisfy your cravings while still keeping on track with your diet. Made with all low carb, keto and gluten-free ingredients, you can eat these delicious cabbage pancakes guilt-free!
4.38 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cabbage pancakes, gluten free okonomiyaki, keto okonomiyaki, okonomi sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 Waffles
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Calories: 105kcal


Okonomiyaki Waffle


  • 1 tbsp Kewpie Mayo can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor
  • 2 tbsp Bonito Flakes
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion
  • 1 tsp Dried Seaweed Powder
  • 1 tbsp Beni Shoga pickled ginger



  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Shred cabbage with a shredder and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat egg and then mix in shredded mozzarella cheese, baking powder and shredded cabbage.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
  • In a new mixing bowl, combine and mix all ingredients for sauce – Sugar-Free Ketchup, Soy Sauce, sweetener and Worcestershire sauce. Note - you can transfer sauce to a squeeze bottle for ease of use and better presentation.
  • Plug-in Dash Mini Waffle Maker to pre-heat.
  • Spoon a 1/3 of the mixture into the Dash Mini Waffle Maker and close cover. Cook for 4-5 minutes (4 minutes will have a softer crust). Repeat for as many bases you are making. Transfer to a serving plate, top with Bonito Flakes, dried seaweed powder, beni shoga, chopped green onions and drizzle with Kewpie Mayo and okonomiyaki sauce.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Thank you thank you! I bought the dash “griddle” as well and will try this dang it!! I’ll try adding some thinly slice pork belly, and maybe some shrimp. Perfect for personal size okonomiyaki. You guys are the best, as you can tell I am a huge fan!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Tony! Thank you very much for your kind words and these are the kind of comments that really make LCA all worth while! Yup, this recipe was made for you and we really hope you enjoy it! We are also planning to do a takoyaki one soon, but if you can’t wait for it, just use the same base with added tako cooked inside a takoyaki grill. I’m pretty sure it would work without any revisions to the recipe, but not 100% sure since we haven’t tried yet! Thanks again for being patient while we worked on this recipe and being a fan!!

      • Hey thanks for thinking of me! I can’t wait to get this one griddled up, I think I will use the mini griddle instead of the waffle iron and try to pack more cabbage and goodies in! Please do post if you get a chance to try the takoyaki:) Take care guys!

        • LowCarbingAsian

          Yup, the mini dash griddle makes the ideal sized chaffles and they are cheap as well! We will definitely get the to the takoyaki soon so keep checking back!

  2. Ryan Wright

    Are you still working on that takoyaki recipe?

  3. Hi just want to know if I can cook this in a pan instead of a waffle iron. and if so how long? Thanks!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Monica! I can’t say for sure since we only cooked and tested the recipe as indicated, but I would guess it would work. Try using medium heat covered for 2-3 minutes, flipping and repeat.

  4. Yes, I cooked mine for 20 min total in a nonstick 9″ skillet, and it came out just like what I had at the restaurant. I am going to try a George Foreman grill tonight.

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