This Japanese frittata is a fantastic and simple way to use up veggies and eggs. The cabbage is pretty crucial, but feel free to toss in whatever other vegetables you love. Good options are: leeks, celery, bell peppers, onions, scallions, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc… You get the idea!
Bobby wanted something lighter tonight so I opted to fry our okonomiyakis in less oil than usual. I also subbed out some of the flour with wheat bran, which is a lower calorie option. You could probably fry these with cooking spray, but the oil really does add a certain something – try it, even if you only use a little bit!
Okonomiyaki (Japanese frittata)
Ingredients (serves 2-3 people; we eat a lot so it served 2)
- 4 cups finely chopped cabbage (or shredded)
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped white onion
- 1/2 cup wheat bran (or 1/4 cup more of flour)
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 eggs
- salt & pepper
- oil, for frying (I used olive oil)
- optional: seafood or meat (I split the batter in half at the end and added cooked chicken thigh to his half)
- topping: mayo, tonkatsu sauce, or ketchup!
- Mix together the veggies in a big bowl: cabbage, scallions, onion. Add the wheat bran and flour and toss to coat. Add the eggs, salt & pepper, and mix well.
- If you’re using meat, add it now. I portioned out the batter into halves and added cooked chicken to Bobby’s half.
- Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the bottom with oil (less than 1 tablespoon). Dump in the batter and form into a large pancake. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Flip it over (this is the hard part), and cook, uncovered, for another 3-4 minutes.
- Repeat with the other half of the batter. I actually did our simultaneously in 2 saute pans.
- Serve hot, with various sauces – mayo, tonkatsu sauce, ketchup.
I ate my entire okonomiyaki (yes that is a large dinner plate!!); Bobby ate most of his but he also had some rice on the side. It was very filling. Love eggs!
My favorite part about okonomiyaki is the topping. I spread mine with a little bit of mayo, some tonkatsu sauce (found in the soy sauce aisle), and a little bit of organic ketchup.
Have you ever had okonomiyaki? What’s your favorite Japanese food? I love sukiyaki…