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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

"Unleashing the Flavors of Japan: A Guide to Making Takoyaki Waffle Bowls at Home"

Takoyaki Waffle Bowls are an innovative twist that combines the traditional Japanese takoyaki with the fun and convenience of a waffle bowl. These bowls incorporate the usual takoyaki flavors but present them in a new, exciting way that’s perfect for parties or a unique meal. Here's a recipe with some tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Takoyaki Waffle Bowls.


  • Dish name: Takoyaki Waffle Bowls

  • Cuisine: Fusion (Japanese-inspired)

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup takoyaki batter (or regular waffle batter with dashi powder mixed in)

  • 1/2 cup octopus pieces, cooked and chopped

  • 4 tablespoons pickled red ginger, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup tempura scraps (tenkasu)

  • Takoyaki sauce

  • Mayonnaise

  • Aonori (dried green seaweed)

  • Bonito flakes

  • Oil for greasing the waffle iron


  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Grease the waffle iron with oil to prevent sticking.

  3. Prepare the takoyaki batter according to the package instructions, adding dashi powder if using a regular waffle mix.

  4. Pour batter into the waffle iron, filling it to just below the rim.

  5. Distribute the octopus pieces, pickled ginger, green onions, and tempura scraps evenly over the batter.

  6. Close the waffle iron and cook until the waffle is golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes.

  7. Carefully remove the waffle and mold it into a bowl shape while it's still warm and pliable.

  8. Drizzle with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise, then sprinkle with aonori and bonito flakes.

  9. Serve immediately.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Waffle Batter Consistency: The batter should be slightly runnier than traditional waffle batter to mimic the texture of takoyaki.

  • Octopus Preparation: If you are using fresh octopus, make sure it is pre-cooked. Boil until tender before chopping it into pieces.

  • Molding Bowls: You can use a bowl to help shape your waffles as they cool down; place the waffle over an overturned bowl immediately after it comes out of the iron.

  • Greasing the Iron: Make sure to grease the waffle iron well to prevent sticking and to achieve a crisp outer texture.

  • Serving Immediately: Like takoyaki, these are best served hot and fresh off the waffle iron for the best flavor and texture.

  • Creative Fillings: Feel free to add or substitute ingredients commonly found in takoyaki, such as cheese or bacon pieces.

  • Layering: Layer the batter and fillings to evenly distribute them throughout the waffle, ensuring every bite has a good mix of flavors.

  • Sauce and Toppings: Don't be shy with the sauce and toppings — they're essential for delivering that authentic takoyaki taste.

Enjoy crafting these playful and tasty Takoyaki Waffle Bowls, which are sure to be a conversation starter and a delightful treat for any occasion!

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