Taiyaki

Taiyaki

I finally got a Taiyaki Pan to make my fish-shaped cakes!!

One of the “luxuries” of living in Los Angeles was being able to buy a bag of hot and fresh taiyaki for $1 anytime I wanted. Now that I live in Seattle, I don’t have that luxury to enjoy anymore. However, I do have my taiyaki pan to make these sweet, fish-shaped delights myself.

There are lots of different fillings for taiyaki like chocolate or custard, but the most common filling is red bean paste. For this taiyaki recipe, I used mashed red beans, but I normally use the red bean paste. I also used cake flour instead of all purpose flour to give a lighter, crispier texture. You can use milk or water for this recipe, but milk seemed to make it burn easily. Be careful not to overfill the pan and keep the heat medium-low. Children will love the shape and adults will love the taste!!

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This recipe makes about 6 taiyaki

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cake flour (110g)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2  tablespoon of sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk or water (180ml)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup anko (red bean paste)
  • oil to cook

Things You'll Need

Cooking Instructions

  1. Mix the cake flour, baking powder, and sugar together. Beat an egg. Add water or milk to the beaten egg. Then add the flour mixture and mix well. Move batter to an easy pour container.
  2. Preheat taiyaki pan. Keep heat at medium. Brush oil on the both sides of the pan (inside part of pan). Pour a small amount of batter to the preheated pan (on one side). Add a large spoonful of red bean paste. Then pour a little more batter just enough to cover the paste. Close the pan and turn over.
  3. Reduce to medium low heat. Cook for about 30 seconds and turn the pan over again. Repeat turning the pan and cooking. Cook until they’re golden brown on each side. It took a total of 3 to 4 minutes for me.
  4. Trim the edges off. You can cool them on a cooling rack or serve them right away.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1429310665 Aailyah Bernier

    ヾ(〃^∇^)ノ I just LOVE taiyaki!~♪

    I tend to buy the ones in the frozen section of my japanese market – I love to deep fry them!! Mmmm..(^~^) crunchy yet soft & sweet.. I hope later this year to get my own taiyaki pan!

  • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

    I got the cheap pan, but if possible try to get a cast iron taiyaki pan. Less sticking!! I'm going to have to try deep frying them~~ ^___^

    • jasmine

      Can I substitute egg? I would love to make them.

      • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

        I’m not sure. I’ve never tried, so I don’t know if it will work without eggs. There may be recipes for taiyaki that don’t require eggs. Try searching :)

  • Quynh

    Oh my gosh! I was just wondering where I could find a good recipe for this the other day! I should have checked back here sooner :) I am so excited to try this out! :D

  • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

    I hope it turns out great! =)

  • Quynh

    We just got our taiyaki pan in the mail this week. They turned out great! :D

  • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

    You must have great skills! I burnt my taiyaki the first couple of times ;)

  • Quynh

    Haha, actually the first few times we burnt them too! But at least one side was still tasty :)

  • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

    lol, as long as they taste good it's ok~~ They don't have to be pretty =)

  • Kevin

    Where did you get your taiyaki pan?

  • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli
  • JT

    After coming home from a large Japanese American church potluck, I was inspired to eat more. The pictures for your recipes are extremely helpful. I am hungry for all the items. The Kare Pan is especially inviting but looks like a bit challenging for a beginner cook for me. I will start with the Nikujaga Recipe only because I have most of the ingredients already. THANK YOU!

  • JT

    After coming home from a large Japanese American church potluck, I was inspired to eat more. The pictures for your recipes are extremely helpful. I am hungry for all the items. The Kare Pan is especially inviting but looks like a bit challenging for a beginner cook for me. I will start with the Nikujaga Recipe only because I have most of the ingredients already. THANK YOU!

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      Thanks for visiting! Good luck making Nikujaga~ I hope it turns out well!

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  • Zasna

    thank you, thank you. How do I make the chocolate inside? That’s the only filling my children eat. We bought so much of that in Okinawa last year…

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      You’re welcome! I never had the chocolate kind, but I guess you can make chocolate ganache for the filling :) Here’s my chocolate ganache recipe:

      1/4 cup whipping cream, 4 oz dark chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup), 1 tablespoon butter

      Heat the whipping cream until it begins to boil. Reduce to low heat and add the butter and dark chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is melted. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until it becomes firm like a spread.

  • xserenity

     Aw. I want to make this! Except, I’m not really sure what cake flour is O_O, like what kind?

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      You can use all-purpose flour too. I like to use cake flour when making taiyaki because it has a low protein content which results in a nice fluffy inside and crisp outside. I use a Japanese brand cake flour, but you can find brands like swans down or pillsbury softasilk in stores.

      • venomousthanks

        i think he meant what type of flour coz in UK we don’t have cake flower

  • Niki

    Made some taiyaki today and I added some matcha to the batter. It made it awful tasty ^w^

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      Matcha is a great addition :) 

  • Kelly

    Can’t wait to try your recipe here.  My first Taiyaki attempt was a fail.  The recipe that I used made a dough.  I think someone must have translated the water amount incorrectly.  Seeing this, obviously it has to be able to be poured.  :)  Hoping attempt 2 goes well. Wish me luck.

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      Hi Kelly! Hope your taiyaki turns out well. The batter should be like pancake batter :) Good luck! 

      • Kelly

        Just wanted to let you know that the recipe worked out perfectly and is DELICIOUS!!  I used grape jelly for filling.

        • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

          I’m glad the recipe worked out for you! Grape Jelly sounds interesting!! :)

  • Farah_cyunkk

    tq..u really helping me

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      You’re Welcome!! :)

  • MeowMix

    Will this work in the microwave?

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      No, I don’t think the microwave is a good idea for this recipe~

  • Toshiko

    Thank you for this delicious taiyaki batter recipe! I received my pan via Amazon.com today. I am soaking red beans to try the traditional filling recipe tomorrow as a surprise for my Japanese mom. But I wanted to try your batter recipe today! I used Nutella for the filling in a couple and strawberry preserves in a couple. Nom!
    A few tips for readers: Filling should be at room temperature. Spray oil works great. Scissors are perfect to trim the edges. Cake flour makes beautiful texture in taiyaki. This recipe made 6. My pan is inexpensive; it works fine with no sticking.

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked the recipe :)

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  • Chiaki

    Can you use chocolate?

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      Yes, go for it :)

  • Azu-Nyan

    No Taiyaki in Malaysia… or maybe rare…
    I should bake myself :3

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      Yeah, they don’t sell taiyaki here either, so I have to make it myself~~

  • Bernadette Chalke

    I’m going to try your recipe the last one I used it wasn’t cooking all the way and the outside was getting burnt while the inside was runny :( Hopefully it will work this time. I want to buy the electric mold soon it might cook it better xD I wasted so much red bean paste though and I have to order them by mail and it gets expensive.

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      I think Heat control is very important in making this dish.

  • venomousthanks

    Do you grill or oven or fry them? you didn’t say and I’m a novice

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      This recipe is made with a taiyaki pan over the stove (like a waffle pan). Also, I’m pretty sure UK has cake flour, but it’s called something different. It’s the flour type with the least amount of gluten.

      • venomousthanks

        well i asked my sister who is a cake designer if she knows what flour you meant, she said no, but probably mean not bread flour, this isn’t helpful to me :S do you mean self raising or plain flour? (only 2 i know of)

        • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

          Just use all-purpose plain flour if you can’t find it.

  • Yui Xie

    Is it possible to make Taiyaki without the mold? :0 I can’t find one in my area, and I really don’t want to order online.

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      it is possible to make without the pan. You just have to time it correctly so you don’t burn it and use the correct amount of batter.

  • Kennedy Powers

    i just bought my pan from amazon i got a electric one i think and would like to use the red bean paste but would safeway sell this type of bean or would i have to go to a specialty shop

    • http://mamaloli.com/ MamaLoli

      I’m not sure if safeway would have red bean paste in stock. I’d try Asian grocery stores.

  • Katrina

    I looking for cast iron taiyaki pans and found them online. One of them that I found on ebay, amazon, or
    Global rakuten. Your best bet is to get the free shipment deal cause I was looking at charges for shipment. It was somewhere around $40 or
    $50 up. So, yeah if you add that in totally, it would be much higher.
    The one, I got was $120 for the free shipment. I know that it seem a
    little over priced, but it was the best deal that I could find. Actually, I saw one on amazon that was a little lesser for the price which I should of gotten the other one
    instead (it was $107), but that was already a little to late. Anyway, it all good. I can get another one later and give
    it to someone that really wants a taiyaki cast iron (to my friends,
    family member, or sell it online).

  • Venus

    does heating the taiyaki works on induction cooker?

  • Venus

    does heating the taiyaki works with induction cooker?

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