How To Make Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce (Simple Japanese Sauce Recipe)

How To Make Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce (Simple Japanese Sauce Recipe)

by Mana Sobral

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Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce is a plant-based alternative to the traditional Japanese sauce used for topping Okonomiyaki, a popular savory pancake. This vegan version aims to replicate the rich, tangy, and slightly sweet flavor profile of the original without using any animal products.

Key ingredients often include vegan Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce for umami depth, maple syrup or sugar for sweetness, and ketchup or tomato paste for tanginess and color. Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar can be added for acidity, while a thickener like potato starch or cornstarch might be used to achieve the desired consistency.

This sauce is easy to prepare by whisking together the ingredients in a saucepan and simmering until thickened, making it a delicious and ethical choice for dressing Okonomiyaki or other dishes.


Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Total servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

  • 3 Tbsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce (can sub Japanese Worcestershire Sauce)
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 + ½ tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup (can sub granulated sugar or Agave)

Expert's Tip

How To Make Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce (Simple Japanese Sauce Recipe)

This S&B Spice Sauce Japanese Worcestershire Sauce boasts a unique blend of umami from vegetables and a spicy kick, enhancing the flavor of your homemade Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce!


1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together.

2) Placing the Ingredients Into a Pot

Place all of the ingredients into a small pot.

3) Cooking the Sauce Until it Thickens

Mix the sauce over low heat, constantly stirring until it thickens. Run a spoon along the bottom of the pot; if a line remains, turn off the heat. Your hot and delicious Okonomiyaki is now ready to serve!

4) Serving the Vegan Okonomiyaki Sauce

Feel free to use this sauce to top your Vegan Okonomiyaki, or however else you'd like!

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