Okonomiyaki Pancakes

These savory cabbage pancakes are a twist on the traditional dish from Osaka, Japan. The name okonomiyaki translates to “grilled as you like it,” as there are a number of variations depending on region and preference. The original dish uses wheat flour, but here we use coconut flour and arrowroot instead.

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Powerful Plant Compounds

The medley of cabbage, sweet potato and carrot in these Japanese-style pancakes possesses a host of health benefits. Cabbage is packed with vitamin K (vital to helping blood clotting) and folate (a B vitamin required by the body to make DNA). Plus, you’ll fill up on beta-carotene, the pigment which gives sweet potatoes and carrots their bright orange color, to help bolster eye health, skin health and immunity.


Prep Time
45 min
45 min


  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup grated sweet potato
  • ¼ cup grated carrot
  • 3 green onions, sliced, white/light green parts and dark green parts separated
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 2 tsp reduced-sodium tamari (TRY: San J Reduced-Sodium Tamari)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 6 oz medium peeled shrimp, chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, optional (TRY: Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds)



  1. Prepare pancakes: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, sweet potato, carrot and white/light green parts of onions. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut flour, water, arrowroot, ginger, tamari, baking soda, garlic and salt; whisk to a smooth batter consistency. Stir egg mixture into cabbage mixture and mix well. Fold in shrimp.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat a large cast iron stick skillet on medium-high. Mist with cooking spray. Add ¾ cup batter and gently push batter down with a spatula until flattened into a 6-inch circle. Cook until underside is browned, about 4 minutes. Gently flip and cook about 3 more minutes. Transfer to a wire rack over a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve pancakes with sauce and, if desired, reserved greens of onions and sesame seeds.

NOTE: If following our Meal Plan, freeze half of pancakes for later in the week. Thaw and reheat when called for. Reserve sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 pancakes with sauce
  • Calories 556
  • Carbohydrate Content 43 g
  • Cholesterol Content 524 mg
  • Fat Content 26 g
  • Fiber Content 16 g
  • Protein Content 37 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 9 g
  • Sodium Content 929 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 12 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g