If you are a fan of Asian cuisine, it’s likely you have tried Takoyaki.
Takoyaki, or octopus balls, is a Japanese snack or appetizer made of a wheat flour batter molded into a circular shape and filled with minced or diced octopus, green onion, pickled ginger and tempura scraps.
The balls are usually brushed with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and green laver.
If you make this dish at home or eat it in a restaurant and you have some left over, you won’t want to throw any of it out.
And if you aren’t ready to eat it right away, you will wonder whether you will be able to freeze it to preserve it for the time being.
You can freeze your takoyaki and it’s best to freeze them on a tray where they are 5cm apart so they can freeze individually. Once they’re frozen you can put them together in a bag for easier storage and you can keep them for about a month.
Read on to find out more about Takoyaki and whether or not you should be putting it in your freezer.
Takoyaki was invented in 1935 by a street vendor in Osaka named Tomekichi Endo.
It was inspired by a similar snack called akashiyaki, a small round dumpling made of octopus and egg batter.
It was first made with beef but this was soon substituted with the octopus meat that is commonly used today.
It is often sold at yatai street stalls but it is also available at restaurants and in supermarkets.
A special Takoyaki pan is used to make the food. It can best be described as a type of griddle that is made of cast iron and has hemispherical mounds.
The iron heats the Takoyaki as they are rotated with a pick to provide even heating.
These pans are available in commercial gas-fueled models which are commonly used by street vendors.
There are also electrical and stovetop versions which are suited for home use.
Can You Freeze Takoyaki?
A lot of recipes will have you make more balls as it’s too time-consuming to make just a few.
If that is a lot for you to eat, you may want to freeze what is left over, and the good news is, you can absolutely do this.
For best results, put the Takoyaki on a tray so they are 5 cm. apart. This way they can freeze individually. After an hour, check if they are frozen. If so, you can put them in a bag.
It is best to eat frozen Takoyaki within a month. If you wait any longer, they will lose their taste.
To reheat Takoyakipan, put them in a microwave on low power. If you put them on high power, they may explode.
You even have frozen takoyaki you can buy:
Well, there you have it. You know what Takoyaki is, how to make it, and how you can freeze it. Will you be adding this delicacy to your list of recipes to try?
Also read: is Takoyaki supposed to be gooey inside?