Japanese zucchini cookies with kewpie mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce. Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with vegetables and I was wondering if you could make okonomiyaki with zucchini.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake based on thinly sliced cabbage with meat, fish or other vegetables. You can vary a lot, because when translated okonomiyaki means something like “baked the way you want it”.
These fritters have little resemblance to the original okonomiyaki, but the topping is traditional with Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce and aonori. Inspired by a recipe from Delicious I made my own Japanese zucchini fritters okonomiyaki style.
This recipe makes 6 to 8 small zucchini fritters, but you may want to make a double batch. I ate everything all by myself!
I would almost forget that I once disliked zucchini at all. I use it quite often these days. Never very pure, but through different dishes. These Japanese zucchini cookies are sooo delicious, you just have to try them!
How to eat Japanese zucchini fritters?
I eat these mostly as a snack or bites for lunch. But you could easily serve these as a starter or a vegetable side dish along with steamed rice and other vegetable or meat dishes.
Can this recipe be made ahead of time?
Yes, to store for a longer period of time. Let the fritters cool and store in an airtight container. Eat them cold, at room temperature of reheated in the microwave.
- 1 zucchini, coarsely grated
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- 50 g flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp cold water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Mayonnaise to taste, Kewpie
- Okonomiyaki sauce to taste
- Aonori or furikake to taste
Clean the zucchini and grate it coarsely. Mix with ½ teaspoon salt and let it stand for at least half an hour. Then squeeze the zucchini well with your hands to remove all the excess moisture. Mix the squeezed zucchini with the finely chopped spring onion.
In a separate bowl, mix 50 grams of flour with ½ teaspoon baking powder together with the ½ tsp and 1 tablespoon of water to form a fairly thick batter. Add the zucchini with spring onions and mix well. You should now have a fairly firm mixture or add a little bit more flour.
Heat a frying pan with a few tablespoons of vegetable oil on medium to high heat. Take a good tablespoon of the batter and let it slide into the pan with the help of another tablespoon. Shape the Japanese zucchini fritters with the back of a spoon and fry them for about 3 minutes on each side. Place the fried zucchini fritters on to a plate and top with okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise. Then sprinkle a little aonori on top.
You can buy kewpie mayonaise, okonomiyaki and aonori at Asian grocery stores. Aonori might be harder to find, you can replace it with nori strips or furikake.
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