Can You Freeze Takoyaki? You can but are they any good?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  October 18, 2020

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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.

Can you freeze takoyaki

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 History

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.

Also read: these pans will help you make takoyaki at home

Can You Freeze Takoyaki?

Let’s say you decided to make your own takoyaki instead of getting the premade kind.  You went overboard and now you have too much takoyaki.

Don’t worry, you can freeze takoyaki that you made yourself!  However, you don’t simply toss them into a freezer bag or tupperware and then call it a day.

No, there is a process of freezing takoyaki that you need to follow in order to do it correctly.

You will need to put the takoyaki onto a tray or sheet then and ensure that each piece is two inches apart. Depending on how much takoyaki you are trying to freeze, you may need multiple trays.

Place the trays into the freezer and then check on them within an hour or so. If the balls are partially frozen you can then toss them into a bag and put them into the freezer.

If the takoyaki is in the freezer for more than a month it will start to get freezer burnt and it will not taste as good as it once did.

Once you have your frozen takoyaki and you want to reheat it, simply use one of the methods listed above. While microwaving is faster, baking them in an oven will make the takoyaki nice and crispy.

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.

You even have frozen takoyaki you can buy:

Is frozen takoyaki any good?

If you are unfamiliar with this unique dish, takoyaki is a little ball made out of wheat flour. At the center of the ball is a small piece of an octopus, ginger, and green onion.

Often there is a special takoyaki sauce that is drizzled on top of the dish. It is a popular snack from Japan, and you can enjoy it in a lot of other countries as well!

While takoyaki is available at many restaurants around the country, you are also able to buy it premade, precooked, frozen, and ready to eat after being heated up.

You can purchase these frozen, premade delicacies in any store that has an extensive Asian section, at an Asian marketplace, or even online. There are also kits that let you make your own takoyaki!

But is frozen takoyaki any good? Well, that is really going to depend on if you like octopus or not. If you don’t like octopus, then you will definitely not like this dish regardless of if it is frozen or freshly made at a restaurant.

How do you cook frozen takoyaki?

The instructions for cooking frozen takoyaki is going to vary on quite a few things. How much takoyaki are you heating up?

Was it premade and prepackaged takoyaki? That is certainly a lot of questions and a lot of factors to consider, but don’t worry!

We will help you figure out exactly what you need to do.

To reheat Takoyaki, put them in a microwave on low power. If you put them on high power, they may explode.

For the prepackaged, frozen takoyaki you will need to start with reading the instructions on the back of the package that the food came in.

Often the top method of heating up frozen takoyaki is using the microwave. The time needed in said microwave will depend greatly on how much takoyaki you are heating up and how powerful your microwave is.

So for example, if you are heating ten pieces of takoyaki in a 600 watt microwave you will likely want to put them in for four and a half minutes.  However, if that was in a 500 watt microwave you would likely want to put them in for an extra minute or so.

But if you have a microwave that is over 1000 watts then you will want to be careful with how long you cook the takoyaki, as too much time can result in ruining your would-be snack.

Another method for cooking takoyaki is putting them in a fryer for less than ten minutes at 375 °F or until the takoyaki is a nice golden brown.

If you don’t have a fryer you can also use a toaster oven or a regular old conventional oven to bake your takoyaki. For an oven/toaster oven you will bake them at  375 °F for at least 10 minutes on a baking sheet.

As a helpful tip, be sure to place the takoyaki onto a long piece of tinfoil on the baking sheet as that will make it significantly easier to clean up after you are done making your delicious snack.

Also read: can you cook takoyaki in an air fryer?

But is frozen takoyaki good?

There really isn’t a definitive answer to this question. If you like takoyaki, then you will probably enjoy its frozen counterpart.

If you don’t like it, then it won’t matter if the takoyaki was frozen or not. At the end of the day, it is really going to depend on what you prefer.

But if you ever want takoyaki and you don’t want to get it at a restaurant, frozen takoyaki is a great way to go.

Conclusion

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?

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.