Takoyaki Balls

These Japanese octopus dumplings are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside! A delight to eat!

Takoyaki balls are a Japanese snack typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), pickled ginger, and onions and covered in a wheat flour-based batter. It’s a popular streetfood in Japan, served with takoyaki sauce, bonito (fish) flakes, and Japanese mayonnaise.


Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, these Japanese octopus dumplings are a delight to make and eat. Best eaten while piping hot!

Takoyaki Balls

Anthony Su of Kozui Green Tea
These Japanese octopus dumplings are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside! A delight to eat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Japanese
Servings about 2 dozen balls


Takoyaki Balls

  • 1 Cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water cold
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup bonito dashi powder
  • 1 teaspoon shoyu soy sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • Octopus cut into bite-size pieces
  • green onion chopped
  • Pickled Red Ginger Strips (Benishoga) chopped
  • cabbage chopped
  • Dried Bonito Flakes (Katsuobushi)
  • green seaweed powder
  • Takoyaki
  • Japanese mayonnaise


  • In a bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and oil. Mix well and set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk to combine water, egg, dashi powder, and shoyu.
  • Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; mix until smooth.
  • Grease and brush a preheated, very hot takoyaki pan with vegetable oil. Pour batter into each cup until full.
  • Place a few pieces of each filling ingredient into each cup.
  • Allow the bottom to set and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes; turn the balls using takoyaki picks to cook the other side. (For a crispier crust, brush more oil and heat longer.)
  • Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with bonito flakes and seaweed powder, and drizzle with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise before serving.
Keyword japanese food recipe, takoyaki
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