Takoyaki

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Author Notes: Tako means octopus in Japanese, and takoyaki are known as octopus balls. I’ve been told that takoyaki street venders are very popular in Japan. The first time I had takoyaki was a couple years ago, when I went to visit some friends who were from Osaka. They served these crispy battered balls with mystery meat and scallions inside. The outside was crunchy, the inside springy with a delicious filling. The flavor was of a savory crepe, but shaped like a round ball. To make takoyaki, they used a grill pan with at least a dozen small cups in which to pour the batter. The easy way to make these is by using a pre-mixed takoyaki flour sold at Japanese markets. Its basically wheat flour, dashi and egg and you add water. The one I found used MSG, so I made my own with gluten free flours. - edamame2003edamame2003

Food52 Review: You must make these as soon as possible. I am not kidding. I cannot remember the last time I cooked something so wonderful, so different and so much fun! Admittedly, my Asian cooking skills are minimal, and you could probably develop a sitcom pilot based on my search for the utensils and the ingredients (in the end I realized I made it much more difficult than need be), but once assembled, it couldn't have been easier. Making the dashi from the kelp and the dried bonita flakes was a snap, and Edamame2003's mix of gluten-free flours results in a springy batter that crisps up beautifully on the outside and is the perfect cradle for the filling of diced calamari and green onions. The simple dipping sauce of mayonnaise and Worchestershire was a delightful accompaniment; we also offered some soy sauce with pickled ginger. I am looking forward to making these again!wssmom

Makes 2 takoyaki pans (28)

  • 3/4 cups brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cups sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 1/2 cups dashi broth (instant dashi without MSG at the Japanese market OR the broth of dried seaweed and bonito flakes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 pound boiled octopus or calamari (the more sustainable choice), diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped seaweed
  • roasted seaweed for topping
  • mayo & worcestershire mix for dipping
  • takoyaki pan (mine makes 14 at a time)
  1. Mix flour, dashi broth and eggs in a bowl to make the batter. The consistency is like a crepe batter or potato leek soup.
  2. I used a napkin dipped in a tiny bit of oil to non-stick the takoyaki pan. Pour batter into the cups to the top--don’t worry if batter spills over the half circles.
  3. Put octopus and green onion in each half circle.
  4. Grill takoyaki balls, turning with a skewer. (Let it set at the bottom, and turn them on their side, at 90 degree angles until a full circle has formed).
  5. When takoyaki becomes round and brown, remove them from the pan and place in a plate. It took almost 20 minutes for each pan of 14 balls. This recipe makes 2 pans. Top with seaweed and serve with sauces.

Tags: japanese, savory

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almost 3 years ago vvvanessa

i was hoping for a takoyaki recipe in the street food contest! and this recipe with this mix of flours sounds great.

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almost 3 years ago stirfrei

I love Takoyaki! When I lived in Tokyo, as I came back to my dorm at night I always saw a street vendor outside of my train station. I've never made it myself, but I'm definitely going to try.

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

This is totally new to me but it sounds astoundingly wonderful and will try it ASAP! Thanks for posting!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

I've never had takoyaki, but these sound wonderful. I love that yours are gluten free. Can't wait to try these!

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about 3 years ago dnce10looksthree

I signed up for this website specifically to post a comment.

Last January I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, and since then I've been attempting to recreate a bunch of foods that I once loved, specifically those relating to Japan. This is the first gluten free takoyaki recipe that I stumbled across, and now I not only have the excuse to buy a takoyaki pan, but I'm finally able to once again eat one of my favorite dishes from when I was last in Japan. :)

You've made me so happy, I really just can't thank you enough. :) So, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times over. :D

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about 3 years ago edamame2003

I am so glad--you sound so excited. i know i was when i figured out how to make these at home. yummy! thank you for the kind (and happy) words.

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

I had these for the first time two years ago and couldn't remember what they were called until i saw a takoyaki truck on the street a few months ago. now i make them with all sorts of different fillings.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I may have to put a takoyaki pan on my wish list!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I love these! What a great idea.

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

williams sonoma sells a danish pan that looks like it can be used for takoyaki--http://www.williams-sonoma.... funny!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, then I am all set: I have one of these already! This recipe is on my holiday must make list.