We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Taiyaki?

By Eugene P.
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Taiyaki is a Japanese cake that is normally filled with red bean paste and cooked in a special fish-shaped pan. When completed, because of the pan, the final cake looks like a detailed fish. While the food itself is called taiyaki, the fish-shaped mold in which it is created is called a taiyaki-ki. The name means "baked sea bream," despite the fact that the cake does not contain any fish. The food is similar to a Korean snack known as bungeoppang that also is a fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste.

The normal batter used for taiyaki is similar, if not the same, as waffle or pancake batter used in the United States and other countries. It is a mixture of flour, baking soda, salt and some sugar. The loose batter is necessary to capture the fishy details of the pan during baking.

The standard filling for taiyaki is a very sweet red bean paste, also called azuki bean paste. Red beans are boiled in a pan along with sugar. Once the beans are very soft and the sugar has reduced into a thick syrup, the entire mixture is mashed down into a paste. This paste can be cooked again to change the texture or can be used as is. Azuki bean paste is utilized in many East Asian pastries.

Although red bean paste is the traditional filling, the popularity of the treat has led vendors and chefs to explore other options. For a sweet cake, ingredients such as chocolate can be cooked inside. Custard, fruit and cream fillings are common. Some foreign influences, such as hazelnut spread, also have found their way inside the pastry.

A taiyaki also can contain a number of savory fillings. These can range from Chinese sausages to bacon. Other fillings, such as potatoes and vegetables, also can be found. The savory variety also comes in a variety of flavors that are meant to emulate popular fast-food dishes, such as pizza and cheeseburgers.

The taiyaki-ki is normally a cast iron device much like a waffle iron. It consists of two plates with a hollowed out area in the center, each side molded to create a fish impression on whatever is poured into it. The device is filled with the batter and ingredients, closed and then cooked over an open fire until done. More industrialized shops and vendors use metal molds that can cook several taiyaki at a time.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.