Tenkasu Takoyaki Recipe With A Little Bit Of Crunch

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 4, 2022

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The outer layer of takoyaki is already pretty crunchy, but not really with a hard crunchy bite.

That’s where tenkasu comes in!

With this little extra ingredient in the filling, you’ll never lack a delicious crunchy bite.

Takoyaki with tenkasu
Tenkasu Takoyaki Recipe

Tenkasu Takoyaki Recipe

Joost Nusselder
The tenkasu adds a crunch to the takoyaki filling no other ingredient can. That's why it's indispensible for a great bite.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 100 gram flour
  • 1 egg
  • 300 ml dashi stock
  • 50 gram octopus cooked
  • ¼ cup tenkasu
  • ¼ cup scallions (chopped in small pieces)
  • 2 tbsp red pickled ginger

Toppings

  • Takoyaki sauce
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp Aonori Seaweed flakes for toppings
  • 1 tbsp Katsuobushi Bonito flakes

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, egg, and dashi stock together in a bowl and mix well until frothy.
  • Get a strainer and sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, then pour 1/2 of the water mixture into it.
  • Whisk the dry flour and water mix thoroughly until they become viscous.
  • Pour the other half of the water mixture into the mixing bowl with the flour and water mix and blend well.
  • Use a kitchen brush and brush the takoyaki pan with cooking oil and then start heating it in the stove.
  • Pour the batter into each hole on the pan and make sure that you fill them halfway to the top and add the pickled ginger, tempura crisps, green onion, and diced octopus into the batter, then add more batter to seal it inside.
  • Allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping it over and let the other side cook too. Do remember to trim off the excess batter that overflowed when you poured them earlier. You can remix these batter into the next batch of takoyaki when you’ll pour them into the pan holes.
  • Do not stop flipping the takoyaki every minute or so until they become golden brown in color. The color change will indicate whether or not it is cooked.
  • When they’re ready, transfer them into a clean plate and coat them with the takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, then drizzle them with bonito and aonori flakes before serving them to your guests.
Keyword Takoyaki, Tenkasu
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What flavor does tenkasu add?

Tenkasu has a savory flavor that goes well with many different dishes. It can add a crunchy texture and umami flavor to soups, salads, and stir-fries. Tenkasu is also used as a topping for rice and noodles.

Can you substitute tenkasu?

If you can’t find tenkasu, you can substitute panko breadcrumbs or crushed crackers. These will add a similar crunchy texture to your dish. But, keep in mind that they won’t have the same savory flavor as tenkasu.

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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.