Takoyaki, a culinary specialty from Osaka

The reputation of culinary art in Japan is well known. Among their specialties, you will find sushi, ramen, donburi…! But have you ever tasted takoyaki? They are delicious octopus dumplings, easy to make at home!

Grilled octopus dumplings: Japanese recipe, speciality of Osaka.

The variety of Japanese cuisine (raw fish, brochettes, soups, fondues, omelets, meat in sauce, pasta …) transports us directly to the Land of the Rising Sun. This exoticism is perfect if you wish to escape but cannot go to Japan.

What is takoyaki?

Takoyaki is dumplings with pieces of octopus inside. These dumplings are cooked in a very particular cast-iron mold.

Where to find takoyaki?

In Japan, you will find them in konamon recipes, that is to say, made with wheat flour and not rice flour. This Osaka specialty is sold by 6, 10, or more, either in Yatai stalls as take-away or in traditional restaurants, which you can taste as a snack or as a side dish during meals.

In the Kansai region which includes Kyoto, Osaka, Hyôgo, Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama prefectures, it is served as a single dish. Be careful, this dish is to be eaten hot!

How to prepare takoyaki from home ?

If you can not go to Japan, you can make it at home. Here is a recipe that you can follow. I give you all the tips to make them perfect. And you don’t need to be in Japan to buy all the materials and ingredients. You can find everything you need on Neokyo . It’s that easy!

Materials needed.

Before you start, you’ll have to make sure you have the specific equipment to make this dish. Namely takoyaki picks (to turn them during cooking) and a takoyaki plate or an electric machine specially designed for that.

Ingredients needed.

All the ingredients are detailed in the description of the attached video but you will need among others: octopus in pieces, flour, baking powder, salt, 2 eggs, soy sauce, dashi (Japanese broth) instant, Japanese mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, pickled red ginger, Aonori seaweed powder, dried bonito flakes, chives. Get these ingredients through our Japanese grocery store.


You can make this recipe by replacing the octopus with shrimps, squid, or even vegetables.

Let’s get cooking!

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