Grilled Octopus Balls (Takoyaki)

Posted February 1st, 2009 in Food 6 Comments »

Since we got back from Japan my fiance and I have been craving for Takoyaki: octopus balls originating from Osaka Japan.  We saw Takoyaki grill plate at electric shops in Japan, but after a while of discussion we decided to not buy.  Now, however, we really think that we should have bought it!

It’s really difficult to find one of those in Perth.  Some Asian shops sell Takoyaki plates for stove top, but I’m after electric one.  Electric one cooks Takoyaki evenly and it’s more fun: you can just cook them before you, while watching tv.  eBay and other online shops sell Takyaki plates/machines, I know, but they are quite expencive.  It just costs 2000yen in Japan.  Obviously I needed to get transformer for voltage though if I bought it in Japan.  (Japan 100V, Australia 220~240V)

Luckly one of my friends here actually got an electric Takoyaki plate! 🙂  so I asked her to lend me.

It’s the second time for me to actually make takoyaki myself.  Besides, I don’t have packaged Takoyaki mix or Takoyaki sauce here!  I could go to Asian shop and look for them, but I knew it would be expensive.  so, I decided to make them from scratch.

I don’t think many people have chance to make Takoyaki at home, but I will show the recipe here anyway…

What I used: plain flour, 1 egg, Dashi powder, cabbage, red ginger, spring onion, octopus

  1. Crack one egg in a bowl, and add plain flour (about 2~4 table spoons).  Add water (about 3~5 cups) to create really runny mixture.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of Dashi powder (if you have).
  2. Chop up cabbage, red ginger and spring onion.  You won’t need them much, as Takoyaki is pretty small food and you can’t  make perfectly round Takoyaki if there are too many ingredients.  For 18 Takoyaki, you will probably need 1 leaf of lettuce, 1 tbs of red ginger and 1 spring onion.
  3. Cut octopus into pieces (small enough to be put in the Takoyaki grill holes).


  • 1 tbs Worcester sauce
  • 1 tbs tomato ketchup (tomato sauce)
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp honey

Just mix them up, and done!  Set aside.

<How to make>

You will have to heat up the grill plate really well.  Once the grill plate is hot, pour the mixture into the holes (fill about 1/3 full)  Sprinkle the chopped cabbage, red ginger, spring onion and octopus into the holes.  Pour the rest of the mixture over.

Cook for few minutes.  Once the mixture starts to set, try to push the mixture into holes.  You can slowly try to turn them around and make them shape like balls.

Cook 360 degrees.  Once cooked, transfer to a serving plate and brush the sauce over.  Sprinkle Bonito flakes, Ao-nori and drizzle Japanese mayonnaise.  Enjoy!

p.s…  I found a Takoyaki grill plate on eBay and bought it straight away.  Now, we are enjoying making them at home anytime we want. 🙂

6 Comments on “Grilled Octopus Balls (Takoyaki)”

  1. 1 Okonomi-yaki | umeboss said at 7:52 pm on February 4th, 2009:

    […] is another Osaka food recipe.  After posting about Takoyaki , many people actually asked me “we don’t have a Takoyaki grill plate, but really […]

  2. 2 Easy Pizza | umeboss said at 11:05 am on April 28th, 2009:

    […] I cooked dinner at home.  Asian Salad, 3 kinds of pizza, and Takoyaki.  A bowl of Edamame as appetizer […]

  3. 3 love said at 10:48 pm on November 5th, 2009:

    hello, I live in perth too, could you tell me where I can buy octpus???

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 11:31 am on November 6th, 2009:


    You can buy octopus in most of seafood shops around Perth. They are sold frozen.
    In Japan we normally use octopus legs for takoyaki, cut into chunky pieces 🙂

  5. 5 Farah said at 4:52 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Did you buy the takoyaki maker in ebay the one in red colour? I’m from perth as well, and can that maker be use in here without the transformer voltage thing?

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 10:08 am on November 12th, 2010:


    I bought the machine on ebay, but the color is grey-sh, I think.

    Nowadays you can buy the exact same machine at Target, Kmart, Myer etc… They are called “princess cake maker”. It’s sold as a machine to make petit cakes, but the machine got an illustration of octopus!! 😀 I think they were made for making “takoyaki” originally…

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