Keto Okonomiyaki Chaffle
Keto Okonomiyaki Chaffle
This simple to make recipe for a Keto Okonomiyaki Chaffle. It’s a delicious version of the famous savory Japanese pancake and the taste is spot on. This chaffle adaptation makes okonomiyaki so quick and easy to make, which means you can have a meal ready to eat in no time. The recipe serves 1 person but these are so quick to make that it will take no time to make more serves. The beauty of a chaffle is that anyone can make them. They are quite fun to make as well. Note that you can make 1 large chaffle (Belgian style waffle size) or 2 smaller mini chaffles with this recipe.
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How To Serve Keto Okonomiyaka Chaffle
Okonomiyaki is traditionally served with okonomi sauce but it is high in sugar and sickly sweet. This recipe gives you two options for a sauce substitute. The instant option is to use a sugar free BBQ sauce, or you can make a Low Carb Okonomi Salsa to take its place- see the recipe in the notes below. The texture of the salsa is not at all like the traditional sauce, which can only be achieved by adding lots of sugar and thickeners, but it tastes absolutely divine.
This is one of my favorite dishes from when we lived in Tokyo and Okonomiyaki, like all food in Japan, has very regional influences. Some love it with bacon added, others with squid, while other variations could include adding sweet potato or filling it with Yakisoba. That’s the great thing about this recipe, as you can put your own stamp on it. I love that this recipe has brought an easy to make okonoiyaki back into my life.
Keto Okonomiyaki Chaffle Toppings
If you’ve never eaten okonomiyaki before you are in for a treat. Okonomiyaki is a cabbage and egg based, thick hot cake that is traditionally served drizzled with mayonnaise and Okonomi sauce. It is also served with bonito flakes (shaved dry tuna flakes) and another form of seaweed called aonori, which looks a little like dried parsley. I often make my own mayonnaise -click for a really simple recipe that will take less than 2 minutes to make. You can also use store bought mayonnaise as well, such as Kewpie, but just check for added sugars and preservatives.
Make sure you try the suggested toppings as they really compliment the dish. If you have never tried it before, now is the time to be a little adventurous. If you are trying to source the bonito and aonori you will find them in Asian stores. You could also switch the aonori for nori flakes if desired
Although I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to topping Okonomiyaki, you can vary how you serve this recipe by adding any topping that you like. Some grat options are egg, vegetables, daikon, radish or salad. You could make a plain flavored okonomiyaki, top it with egg and serve with bacon for a fantastic breakfast/brunch idea.
I’ve had quite a bit of experience with different waffle irons, including both larger Belgian style waffle irons and the smaller square chaffle sized waffle irons. Here in Australia we have been limited with chaffle irons on the market so I ended up with one from Target. While it makes great chaffles because the melted cheese makes them pretty much no fail, if you make regular waffles they can take a long time to cook and they don’t brown well.
The secret to making great waffles/chaffles is to make sure you have a quality waffle maker and to cook them reasonably quickly at a slightly higher temperature. My waffle maker of preference is the Breville Creations Waffle Maker that I bought on Amazon- see the link for details. I love that you can vary the temperature on this waffle iron, which makes it really versatile for cooking waffles and chaffles.
There was a big difference between the waffles/chaffles that came out of the Breville waffle maker versus what came out the Target brand waffle maker. If you have a waffle maker that cooks slowly then I recommend that you leave the waffles cooking until they brown. This may take quite a long time but these waffles need to be slightly brown on the outside to help them hold together. This is one of the joys associated with cooking without gluten, but the real joy in making these delicious waffles is in the eating.
More Fabulous Low Carb Chaffle/Waffle Recipes
If you loved this recipe and want to put your waffle/chaffle iron to good use, you might want to check out these recipes. The Best Keto Waffles are fabulous for a traditional keto waffle and make a wonderful breakfast or dessert. There are also these delicious Keto Chinese Breakast Chaffles, known as Bian Jing that I highly recommend you try. They taste amazing and are so simple to make.
Savory Pancake Mix
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cabbage
- 1.5 tablespoons spring onions sliced thinly-the fleshy part and green tops
- 1 extra large egg
- ½ slice of short cut bacon cut into strips or thick ham
- ⅓ cup shredded/grated tasty cheese
- 2 tablespoons almond meal/almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- A dash of EVOO- extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Optional additional flavouring suggestions to mix into the pancake mix
- Add a dash of tamari to the batter for additional flavor
- Add 2 tablespoons diced pre-cooked calamari/squid or octopus to the batter
Low Carb Okonomi Salsa Sauce-optional as sugar free BBQ sauce can be used as well
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce-omit if you are avoiding due to carbs but it will impact on flavour
- 2 teaspoons tamari
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon ginger crushed
- 1/2- 1 teaspoon monk fruit blend or preferred sweetener-optional
- Mayonnaise or Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise/mayonnaise of choice
- Bonito flakes
- Aonori flakes or nori strips
- Low Carb Okonomi Salsa Sauce or sugar free BBQ sauce Salsa recipe is in the notes
- Preheat your waffle maker. Mix all of the ingredients for the chaffle together in a small bowl, including the EVOO.
- Pour the chaffle ingredients into the waffle pan and gently spread out to cover the base. It is quite thick but will cook through and rise.
- Cook until the chaffle is cooked through and has browned. Remove gently onto a serving dish.
- Try topped with fried egg, salad, vegetables, sliced radishes or daikon, etc.
- Try serving the basic recipe minus the ham or bacon for breakfast or for a simple meal, with a fried egg on top and bacon on the side.
2 medium tomatoes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce-omit if you are avoiding due to carbs but it will impact on flavour
2 teaspoons tamari
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon ginger crushed
1 teaspoon monk fruit blend or preferred sweetener-optional Mix all ingredients together and blitz in a food processor or blender. Adjust the sweetener to your own taste by reducing or adding more. Coconut sugar, erythritol etc can also be used.