3 Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipes you should taste [+video]

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 23, 2020

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One of my favorite Japanese comfort food is Okonomiyaki.

It’s like the Western pancake, except that it is filled with meaty treats, seafood, eggs, and vegetables, plus its batter is made from a mixture of eggs, dashi stock, and other spices.

Not only does this Japanese pancake taste a whole lot better, but it’s healthier too!

Okonomiyaki being scooped up and closeup of sauce

But if you think that this Japanese pancake is already delicious on its own, then you obviously haven’t tried its accompanying sauce yet.

Here is a great one in video form:


3 Excellent Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipes

Okonomiyaki Japanese savory pancake

Best Okonomiyaki sauce recipe

Joost Nusselder
Okonomiyaki is famous for all of the sauce toppings, and this recipe is one you won't want to miss!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • Sauce pan


  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup sake or white wine if you don't have any


  • Get a small saucepan and place it on top of the stove, then set the temperature to medium-high heat.
  • Combine all the ingredients in the saucepan and cook for 20 minutes while stirring alternately every 2-3 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes or so turn off the stove and transfer the sauce into a small dipping sauce bowl and serve.
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Okonomiyaki Sauce #2


Cooking Directions

  1. Heat up a small saucepan on the stove and set the temperature to medium-high.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the saucepan in order to mix them and turn them into the okonomiyaki sauce.
  3. Let them simmer for approximately 1 minute and stir the mix thoroughly.
  4. If the taste is too tangy, then add more honey or sugar to make it sweeter or give it a sweet & sour flavor.
  5. If the opposite occurs and the sauce ends up too sweet, then pour 1-2 teaspoons more of soy sauce.
  6. Turn off the stove and transfer the okonomiyaki sauce into the dipping sauce bowl.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving

Okonomiyaki Sauce #3


Cooking Directions

  1. Get a small bowl and add all the ingredients to it.
  2. Whisk them together for about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Adjust the sauce according to your liking

What is Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki (in Kanji: お好み焼き) is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.

The name of this Japanese pancake derives from a combination of 2 Japanese words okonomi (whatever you like) and yaki which means “cooked” usually stir-fried.

Historically the okonomiyaki recipe has been known to originate in the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but its amazing flavor spread throughout Japan very quickly and later became a household name.

Its batter and toppings vary from region to region and you might even say that each chef according to each Japanese prefecture creates unique batters and toppings for their version of the dish.

In Tokyo, they call their okonomiyaki pancake the monjayaki and it is cooked specifically in a semi-liquid state compared to the Kansai/Hiroshima okonomiyaki.

Want to know more about Okonomiyaki? Read on in this post I’ve written about it (or read on for more on how to make the sauce)


Okonomiyaki is called modan-yaki when it is added with a layer of fried noodles (either udon or yakisoba).

It is believed that this term is derived from a borrowed English word “modern,” or has been formed by blurring the 2 words mori dakusan which means “piled high” or “a lot” referring to the obvious increase of ingredients.

It also has a “light” or thinner version which is called negiyaki, which is defined by a large number of scallions in its ingredients when compared to the normal okonomiyaki. It is comparable to Korean Pajeon and Chinese green onion pancakes.

Read more: these are the differences between Japanese noodles

Okonomiyaki is Similar to Teppanyaki – It’s Entertainment Cooking

There are quite a number of similarities between the teppanyaki cooking style and how chefs prepare the okonomiyaki.

Chief among them is cooking the ingredients over a flat top iron griddle where stir-frying the food is mostly done.

Although chefs that cook the okonomiyaki inherently do not entertain their guests as teppanyaki chefs do, their cooking actions make everything entertaining to onlookers.

The Okonomiyaki Sauce Adds and Enhances the Flavor

The Japanese people essentially make everything in their life an artwork. From how they hold honor as the highest esteem in their behavior to how many ingredients they include in their dishes they make sure it will be of the highest quality.

The teppanyaki, takohiki and okonomiyaki all have one thing in common – they have lots of ingredients that they are already very delicious on their own.

However, Japanese chefs would always outdo themselves and create an even greater okonomiyaki dipping sauce to saturate your taste buds with exploding flavors.

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Their meticulous nature in doing things in their life makes the Japanese cuisines the favorite of many.

All over the world, people know that Japanese food is among the best in terms of their savory flavors and health benefits.

person dripping black liquid from small white ceramic bowl to big white ceramic bowl


Is tonkatsu sauce the same as okonomiyaki sauce?

Sauce for tonkatsu and okonomiyaki are actually very similar, but they are not the same sauces. While they both contain corn syrup, soy, corn starch, and vinegar and are mostly sweet sauces, okonomiyaki sauce has a bit more spices, and shiitake mushrooms added to it to add to the umami flavor.

The best Tonkatsu sauce is this one by Bull-Dog:

Tonkatsu sauce from Bull-Dog

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Also read: the best dip sauces for your Teppanyaki dinner

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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.