Authentic Japanese Takoyaki Recipe: Crispy Golden-Brown Balls with Octopus and Flavorful Fillings

Nov 10, 2023 | Appetizers & Snacks


Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes
15 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups dashi stock (or substitute with a mixture of water and dashi powder)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup diced octopus
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons pickled ginger, finely chopped
  • Oil, for greasing the takoyaki pan
  • Takoyaki sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Bonito flakes, for garnish


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dashi stock while stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Once well combined, beat in the eggs until the batter is smooth and slightly thick.

Place your takoyaki pan over medium heat and generously grease each mold with oil. Preheat the pan until it’s hot enough that a drop of water sizzles upon contact.

Pour the batter into each mold until it is slightly overflowing. Sprinkle a few pieces of diced octopus, chopped green onions, and finely chopped pickled ginger into each mold. Allow the batter to cook for a minute or two until it becomes slightly firm around the edges.

Using a skewer or a takoyaki pick, begin flipping the partially cooked takoyaki balls. Gently rotate each ball a quarter turn, allowing the uncooked batter to flow into the mold. Continue rotating the balls until they are golden brown and crisp on all sides. This process should take about 5-7 minutes.

Once the takoyaki balls are cooked to perfection, transfer them onto a serving plate. Drizzle takoyaki sauce generously over the top and add a dollop of Japanese mayonnaise for a creamy touch. Finish with a sprinkle of bonito flakes, which will sway enticingly over the warm takoyaki.

Tips and Variations:

  • For a vegetarian twist, substitute the octopus with diced mushrooms or cheese for a gooey surprise.
  • Experiment with different fillings like cooked shrimp, bacon, or kimchi to add new layers of flavor.
  • Be patient while cooking the takoyaki, as flipping them too early may cause them to lose their shape.
  • Serve takoyaki as a delightful starter at your next gathering or enjoy it as a comforting snack on a cozy day in.


Ah, the nostalgic scent of homemade takoyaki fills the air, transporting me back to those vibrant Japanese streets. I hope this recipe has ignited your curiosity and desire to embark on your own culinary journey. Revel in the joy of creating takoyaki in your own kitchen and savor the delicious flavors that encapsulate the heart and soul of Japanese street food. Until next time, happy cooking!

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