Octopus Balls (Takoyaki) Recipe


Octopus Balls (Takoyaki) Recipe

How To Make Octopus Balls (Takoyaki)

Make these tasty and savory Japanese Octopus Balls from your kitchen! They’re best served piping hot and with a lot of toppings.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins


For Takoyaki Batter:

  • ¼ tbsp dashi powder
  • 10 oz warm water, 100 to 110 degrees F
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 oz soy sauce
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • tbsp baking powder

For Fillings:

  • vegetable oil, to grease the pan
  • 3 oz octopus, cooked, cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • tbsp pickled ginger, minced
  • 2 green onion stalks, sliced thinly
  • tbsp tenkasu

For Toppings:

  • takoyaki sauce
  • aonori, dried seaweed powder
  • Japanese mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie brand
  • kizami, nori shreds
  • bonito flakes


  1. Heat the water to at least 100 degrees F and no more than 110 degrees F, then add the dashi powder and stir until it’s completely dissolved.
  2. Add the eggs and soy sauce into the dashi and whisk until it’s combined.
  3. In a bowl combine the all-purpose flour, rice flour, and baking soda. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until there are no more lumps.
  4. Preheat the takoyaki pan over the stove on medium heat. Brush on some oil on each curve in the pan.
  5. Pour the batter into each dip at about 80% of the way up—do not add too much because it will expand.*
  6. Cook for about 1 or 2 minutes, or until the batter begins to slightly bubble. This will ensure the fillings stay in the center and don’t sink to the bottom.
  7. Add a little bit of each of the fillings into each takoyaki, making sure not to overfill.
  8. After each ballhas been filled, go to the first takoyaki and use the takoyaki stick to release it from the sides to turn the ball in ¾ of the way around. Leave a little opening (about ⅛ inch) in the takoyaki so it is not completely covered. This is the opening where more crispy, cooked batter can be filled in.
  9. Pour more batter over the entire pan and into the opened spaces and continue to cook until the batter bubbles. Carefully watch the takoyaki at this time, adjusting the heat if it’s burning too hot or too low. Give enough time for the batter to cook all the way through without burning.
  10. Use the takoyaki stick to begin to turn the takoyaki around when the batter bubbles. Use the stick to move the batter around the edges of each semi-circle and fold them into each takoyaki ball as they are turned.
  11. Cook the balls until each are golden brown and crispy on the edges. All the takoyaki should measure at 200 degrees F internally.
  12. Remove the balls with the stick and top them with takoyaki sauce, sprinkle aonori, squeeze some mayonnaise, add some seaweed strips, and bonito flakes on top. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*The batter can be placed inside a squeeze bottle for ease of use. This can make adding batter to the pan cleaner, without dripping.


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 25mg
  • Calories: 48kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 70mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1035mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 42IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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