An Osaka Specialty: Ika-yaki (Squid Pancakes)

An Osaka Specialty: Ika-yaki (Squid Pancakes)

These are the famous ika-yaki sold at a certain department store in Osaka. Of all the famous Osaka specialities like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, I recommend these ika-yaki squid pancakes, which aren't available in other regions, above all the others.

Ingredients: 3 20cm pancakes

100 g - 180 g
Cake flour
140 g
Bread (strong) flour
10 g
5 g
Dashi stock granules
1 teaspoon
160 - 200 g
Vegetable oil
as needed
Okonomiyaki sauce and takoyaki sauce
to taste


1. Slice the body of the prepped squid into rounds, then cut into 1cm dice.
2. Combine the flours, dashi stock granules, and water, and mix until it's slightly sticky (meaning the gluten in the flour has formed).
3. Add the squid to the batter, and leave for at least 30 minutes. If the batter becomes too firm, add a little water so that it's the consistency of crepe batter.
4. Add oil in a pan, and pour in the batter (You can add an egg here to upgrade the pancake to a deluxe version.)
5. When one side is browned, turn the pancake over. Cook the other side while pressing down hard on the pancake with your spatula.
6. When the pancake is cooked, spread the combined okonomiyaki and takoyaki sauces, fold in half and press.
7. If you add too much squid, the pancakes will be hard to cook. I'm not too good at cooking these myself. If you're not used to making pancakes, try cooking one with just a little squid added to the batter.

Story Behind this Recipe

These are the ika-yaki sold at a certain department store, and occasionally at food stalls during summer festivals... I found out just recently that this is only sold in the Kansai area. In other regions, 'ika-yaki' means a whole grilled squid! I sometimes get a strong urge for Kansai style ika-yaki, but they don't sell it where I live, so I tried making it.