6 Secrets to make Takoyaki like in Japan

6 STEPS TO BECOME A MASTER

We’re about to reveal 6 insanely useful tricks and tips, to boost your Takoyaki making skills to another level!

First thing first, follow the next easy steps!
Then be sure to get yourself appropriate instruments and ingredients to work with!

Are you ready to amaze friends and relatives at parties / dinner?

 

Let’s go!

 

👇 ORIGINAL JAPANESE 👇
TAKOYAKI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS (25 pcs):

– BATTER –
Flour (all purpose) – – – – – – – –  1 cup | gr 130
Eggs – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 2 large
Dashi (or chicken stock) – – – – – 1 ½ cup | gr 380
Soy Sauce – – – – – – – – – – – – – 1 tbsp
Salt  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – a pinch

– FILLING –
Octopus – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – oz 4.5 | gr 130
Spring Onion – – – – – – – – – – – – 2 or 3 pieces
Pickled Ginger  – – – – – – – – – – – 1 tbsp
Tenkatsu (tempura batter bits) – ⅓ cup | gr 10

– EXTRA –
Takoyaki Sauce – – – – – – – – – – – Generous
Japanese Mayo  – – – – – – – – – – – Generous
Aonori ( seaweed ) – – – – – – – – – –  Generous
Dried tuna – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Generous
Seed Oil  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  Generous


Prep Time: 10 mins
(+ octopus cooking time)
Price: Low
Level: Easy

INGREDIENTS (25 pcs):

– BATTER –
Flour (all purpose) – – – – 1 cup | gr 130
Eggs – – – – – – – – – – – 2 large
Dashi (or chicken stock) –  1 ½ cup | gr 380
Soy Sauce – – – – – – – – 1 tbsp
Salt  – – – – – – – – – – –  a pinch

– FILLING –
Octopus – – – – – – – – – oz 4.5 | gr 130
Spring Onion – – – – – – 2 or 3 pieces
Pickled Ginger  – – – – – 1 tbsp
Tenkatsu (tempura bits) – ⅓ cup | gr 10

– EXTRA –
Takoyaki Sauce – – – – – Generous
Japanese Mayo  – – – – – Generous
Aonori ( seaweed ) – – – –  Generous
Dried tuna – – – – – – – – Generous
Seed Oil  – – – – – – – – –  Generous


Prep Time: 10 mins
(+ octopus cooking time)
Price: Low
Level: Easy

1.
PREPARE THE OCTOPUS

We start with the Tako 鮹 (the Japanese word for octopus).
First boil it for 30 to 45 mins, till is tender enough.
Then just cut it in little pieces.

⭐️ COOKING TIPS
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE SOME TIME?
CHECK AT YOUR SUPERMARKET.
YOU CAN EASILY FIND ALREADY BOILED OCTOPUS.

2.
MAKE THE BEST BATTER

Time to prepare the takoyaki batter.
Mix flour, eggs, dashi (a light Japanese fish stock), soy sauce and a bit of salt.

⭐️ COOKING TIPS
FOR A BETTER RESULT, MIX THE SOLID PART FIRST.
THEN INCORPORATE GRADUALLY THE LIQUIDS (WHILE MIXING).
IF YOU DON’T FIND THE DASHI, YOU CAN USE CHICKEN STOCK OR WATER INSTEAD.

YOU CAN FIND DASHI HERE.
OR GET A LOOK TO THE LIST BELOW ?
THOSE AMAZING JAPANESE INGREDIENTS ARE EASY TO FIND ONLINE!

3.
PREPARE YOUR TAKOYAKI COOKER

Ready for perfect takoyaki?
Time to cook them, giving the iconic round shape.

Turn on your Takoyaki Machine, whether you’ve an electric takoyaki pan, a gas-powered takoyaki maker, or a more basic one to place on your kitchen burner.

When your cast iron takoyaki cooking plate is hot enough, put oil in the each hole.

⭐️ COOKING TIPS
WE SUGGEST YOU TO APPLY GENEROUS OIL EVERYWHERE.
THE OIL GIVES YOUR TAKOYAKI A CRISPY SKIN AND MAKES IT EASIER TO FLIP, WITHOUT THE BATTER BEING STUCK.

Fill your takoyaki griddle up with the batter.

⭐️ COOKING TIPS
AGAIN: BE GENEROUS (WITH THE BATTER MIX)! IF IT OVERFLOWS, THAT’S OK!
THE ENTIRE TAKOYAKI GRILL TOP SHOULD BE COVERED WITH THE BATTER.

4.
ENRICH WITH THE FILLING

You’re doing good! Let’s now put a piece of octopus into each hole.

Over the top of everything, add Tenkatsu (tempura batter bits), spring onions and the pickled ginger in very little pieces.

5.
CUDDLE YOUR TAKOYAKI

As the batter starts to firm, Take your cooking skewers and “draw” an “X” pattern (in between all the holes).

When the bottom part of the balls are crispy, rotate them.

⭐️ COOKING TIPS
AFTER ROTATING, PUSH ANY OVERLAPS INTO THE HOLES.
THIS WILL HELP TO GET THE NOTORIOUS TAKOYAKI ROUND SHAPE.

Gradually the takoyaki should start to be very crunchy.
When the surface proudly shows a golden brown texture, well…
…they’re ready to be served!

6.
ADD SOME MAGIC

Complete them with a delicious takoyaki sauce (if you prefer, you can use a regular bbq sauce instead) and some mayonnaise (a Japanese one if you have).

Finish the takoyaki plate with a pinch of Aonori (green nori seaweed) and some bonito flakes (Katsuobushi 鰹節).

⭐️ SURVIVAL TIPS
BE CAREFUL.. THEY’RE CRAZILY HOT!

WANNA BRING YOUR TAKOYAKI TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

Try with original Japanese ingredients!

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Aonori powder
Green nori seaweed powder

Beni Shoga
Pickled red ginger

Dashi
Light Japanese fish stock

Dashi
(Vegetarian one here)
Light Japanese vegetarian stock

Japanese Mayo

Katsuobushi
Dried tuna flakes

Takoyaki Sauce
The Original one!

Tenkasu
(Squid flavor)

Tempura batter scraps

Takoyaki powder mix
(if you want to make them faster)

Takoyaki Starter Pack
You can even try with this starter pack,
there’s (almost) a bit of everything inside

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Written by: Dromediary