Healthy recipe: Okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage omelettes)

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Healthy recipe: Okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage omelettes)
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 6 December, 2023

Okonomiyaki is a savoury and versatile Japanese street food that is packed with flavour and nutrients. We’ve enhanced it with greens for added crunch and goodness, and made it healthier by using low-sodium soy sauce, sugar-free tomato sauce, and lite mayo. Feel free to personalise it further by adding carrot matchsticks and corn kernels to the toppings.


5 Tbsp (75ml) tomato sauce
2 Tbsp (30ml) low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp (30ml) Worcestershire sauce

100g edamame beans
1 packet (200g) sugar snap peas
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup (250ml) shredded green cabbage

1/2 large green cabbage, finely sliced
1 cup (250ml) mung bean sprouts
6 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, grated
2cm knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated
7 jumbo eggs
Salt and pepper
Dash of soy sauce
Pinch of chilli (optional)
Olive oil, for frying

For serving:
1/4 cup (60ml) lite mayonnaise (optional)
Sesame seeds, toasted
Chopped chilli
Fresh coriander sprigs

  1. Whisk sauce ingredients together until combined and set aside.
  2. Blanch edamame beans and sugar snap peas (for topping) in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then plunge into icecold water.
  3. Combine omelette ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Heat a glug of olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Ladle a quarter to onethird omelette mixture into the sizzling-hot pan.
  6. Cook for 3–4 minutes, until the egg is set and the bottom is golden-brown.
  7. Flip omelette and cook on the other side until golden and crisp.
  8. Serve omelettes immediately, drizzled with sauce and mayonnaise, if using.
  9. Top with edamame beans, sliced snap peas, radish slices and shredded cabbage.
  10. Garnish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, chilli and fresh coriander.