Healthy In A Hurry: Japanese Okonomiyaki


I am starting a new weekly article series called, “Healthy In A Hurry.” If you’re looking for inspiration for new recipes that are good for you and also don’t take a long time to prepare, this is for you!

Most Healthy In A Hurry posts will be one full dinner menu, complete with an entree and all your sides, and I will also sometimes include suggestions and ideas that you can integrate into your current cooking style to increase the health factor in what you’re serving. I hope you’ll enjoy trying new dishes and learning with me!

Japanese Cuisine

If you are familiar with Japanese cuisine at all, you know there is a lot more to it than sushi. Okonomiyaki is a pancake-like dish that has countless different varieties. You can start with the basic batter, and then add whatever combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices you like.

It’s very easy to make and tastes great, but what I like best about it is that it’s a great dish for sneaking in a lot of vegetables. The picky eaters in your family will barely notice!

The recipe below is the one I use. I love the flavor combination, but feel free to mix and match whatever ingredients work for you and your family.

Okonomiyaki Recipe


2 cans tiny shrimp

2 cups thinly cut cabbage

3 green onions (chopped)

1 bag bean sprouts

1 medium zucchini, shredded

5 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

2 tsp. soy sauce


1. In a large bowl, mix shrimp, cabbage, green onions, zucchini, and bean sprouts.

2. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, Bisquick, broth, and soy sauce.

3. Pour batter over shrimp mixture and toss thoroughly to coat.

4. Use non-stick spray or 1/4 tsp. sesame oil on pans over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, cover and cook for four minutes. Turn over, and cook for four more minutes.

Serves 4.


You will need a little sauce for these. I like to make my own by mixing a little Worcestershire sauce into some Trader Joe’s organic ketchup. You can also buy some bottled sauces, but just be careful because many of the sweet ones are high in sugar, and others are high in sodium. You can get really creative with this recipe, so have fun!

I hope this inspires you to try something new (and healthy!) tonight! Let me know if you give it a go, and I’d especially love to hear about the variations you create! Happy healthy eating!

Related Article:
The Wellness Burger: Tips To Turn Your Favorite Foods Into Healthy Choices




Posted on April 16, 2012, in Healthy In A Hurry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Oohhh – looks like an AWESOME recipe.
    THANKS for sharing!

  2. Great way to get some more veggies in the meals…I will be trying this with the kids. Thanks for sharing

  3. My honey and I changed our eating habits last September based on the book, "Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease" by Dr. Esselstyn. This is the same book that Pres. Bill Clinton started following after his heart attack.

    This diet is plant-based/whole-grain/no added oils – so it can be difficult to follow. I had to learn how to cook again! I have been thinking about writing a cookbook because I have learned so much in the last 6 months experimenting with recipes.

    I thought about adding a series to my blog like you have done – but it seems so out of place with the rest of my message. Maybe I will start a new blog…

    • Sounds like a great idea for a new niche blog! I bet you've learned a lot, and I would definitely be interested in reading more about it.

      I'm not sure which whole grain flours you use. I think whole wheat flour would be too heavy for this recipe, but you probably know what would work better. Use tofu as your protein source, and you're set! 🙂

  4. This sounds most delish! I have copied and will be trying over the weekend 🙂

  5. Oh, those look so good. I definitely want to taste them!

  6. This looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it.

  7. Oh NICE! Going to do this tonight, using Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix, and adding a little Oat Bran for added fiber. Also I will be linking this article and your Burger Makeover article to my two health and fitness blogs, and .

    • Trader Joe's Multigrain mix – I've never tried it! Let me know how it goes. I'd love to find an alternative to the Bisquick. Thanks for sharing the blog post!

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