I shared a reel on Instagram last week of lunchbox recipes that you can make in your pie maker that aren’t pies, and everyone went CRAZY for “the noodle one”. So it’s my pleasure to bring you our favourite pie maker recipe… Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes).


Making these in the pie maker not only makes it faster and easier to bulk make (and freeze for future lunchboxes or easy weeknight dinners) but also the perfect size for snacks, little hands and lunchboxes!



  • 200g Lean Mince
  • 1 Packet of Beef Instant Noodles (keep flavouring)
  • 200g Coleslaw Mix (I like the finely shredded style)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 2/3 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (for cooking)
  • 1 Spring Onion Sliced Diagonally (for serving)
  • Tonkatsu Sauce (for serving, you can substitute with ABC Kecap Manis or Barbeque Sauce)
  • Kewpi Mayonnaise (for serving)

NB: I prefer to use spray oil when cooking the mince, then lightly spray the pie maker before the first batch. I find that I don’t have to respray again.

Also – I actually double the recipe (I just use the 500g packet of mince and don’t measure 400g out) when I make it and it works perfectly.



  • Step 1: Heat a frypan over medium heat and brown the mince for approximately four minutes. Add the coleslaw mix and cook for another four minutes until softened.
  • Meanwhile cook the Instant Noodles as per pack instructions. Once cooked, using scissors cut the noodles into 5cm lengths approx (I just chop up roughly in the bowl haha)
  • In a large bowl whisk the milk, flour and baking powder together to form a batter (it should be runny), then add the mince mixture and noodles and mix well.
  • Pre-heat the pie maker then add about 1/4 cup of mixture to the pie maker. For smaller pancakes only fill to the top of the base line in the pie maker, for larger pancakes fill all the way to the top of the hole.
  • Cook for four minutes then flip and cook for another four minutes, this make sure the pancakes are golden and evenly cooked the whole way round.
  • To serve drizzle with Tonkatsu Sauce and Kewpi Mayonnaise and top with sliced spring onions, enjoy warm or cold!

Let me know if you make them too!

Rachael x

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