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Taiyaki - Japanese fish waffles with a delicious filling

Taiyaki - Japanese fish waffles with a delicious filling

Fans of Japanese street food are already familiar with the fish-shaped filled waffles. Taiyaki (Japanese: 鯛焼き, "sea bream pastry") is often sold at small roadside stalls due to its simple preparation. Freshly made, this traditional pastry tastes best, and with its sweet or savory variations, it is popular among both young and old. Taiyaki owes its distinctive appearance to its name. The sea bream (Japanese: tai), a highly esteemed fish in Japan, is considered a symbol of good luck and is usually prepared on festive occasions. "Yaki" describes the cooking method, as the batter is traditionally "grilled" or baked in a heat-resistant taiyaki iron. Those who get to enjoy this pastry can consider themselves lucky according to Japanese tradition.

Classically, Taiyaki is filled with Anko (sweet red bean paste) and is particularly suitable as a small snack or dessert. Other popular fillings include vanilla cream, matcha cream, chestnut paste, sweet potato paste, or Nutella. There's also a demand for savory variations with vegetable or meat fillings.

Taiyaki recipe for 6-8 portions

No. of persons4 portionsNo. of persons
Preparation timeca. 5 min Preparation time
Total Timeca. 25 minTotal Time
Level of difficultyeasyLevel of difficulty
DishDessert or between mealsDish
Kitchenware Kitchenware
Mixing Bowl , Stirrer , Taiyaki maker or taiyaki iron , Serving plate
Taiyaki iron mold
List of ingredients
150g flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
200ml milk
50g sugar
2 tsp oil
25g honey
a pinch salt
some sunflower oil for greasing
Kochende Miss Oryoki
Step 1

First beat the eggs in a mixing bowl and add the honey, sugar and milk. If you want to fill your taiyaki with savory ingredients, you can omit the sugar from the batter.

Step 2

Gradually add the sifted flour and baking powder to the mixing bowl until the dough is uniform.

Step 3

To bake the batter, either preheat the taiyaki waffle iron for the gas stove or the electric taiyaki maker.

Step 4

Before pouring the batter into the fish mold, brush the surfaces with a little oil to prevent the dough from sticking. Only fill the waffle iron half full with batter so that there is enough space for the filling. Use a tablespoon to spread anko onto the batter. At this point, it is of course possible to use other ingredients as a filling. Pour the remaining batter into the mold until it is full.

Step 5

The taiyaki are ready after approx. 3-4 minutes! The fish cakes are best enjoyed warm.

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