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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Frozen Takoyaki in 2022 (Nissui, Nissin Group (Shikoku), and More)

Takoyaki! These delicious dough balls stuffed with octopus and a gooey, creamy center are a staple of Kansai street food, and they're popular all over Japan nowadays. Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best frozen takoyaki available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
In our tests, we focused on 2 things:


  1. How does it taste?
  2. Does it have enough octopus in it?

We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese frozen takoyaki available online. We also give you some tips on cooking and serving them!

  • Last updated: 05-20-2022
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Compare the Best Japanese Frozen Takoyaki

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Nissui Takoyaki with Green Onion and Soy Sauce 1

Nissui

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JFDA Large Takoyaki 1

JFDA

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7-11 Japan Seven Premium Creamy Takoyaki 1

7-11 Japan

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Nosui Handmade Takoyaki 1

Nosui

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Nissin Group (Shikoku) Takoyaki 1

Nissin Group (Shikoku)

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TableMark Gottsu Umai Takoyaki 1

TableMark

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Showa Frozen Foods Professional Flavor Takoyaki 1

Showa Frozen Foods

Name

Takoyaki with Green Onion and Soy Sauce

Large Takoyaki

Seven Premium Creamy Takoyaki

Handmade Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Gottsu Umai Takoyaki

Professional Flavor Takoyaki

Features

mybest's Top Choice! So Good it Doesn't Even Need Any Sauce!

Big Takoyaki for Big Octopus Lovers!

The Best Takoyaki for a Convenient Snack

A Chewy and Creamy Texture for a Great Mouthfeel

A Sweet and Mild Taste That Kids Will Love

Recommended if Your Favorite Part is the Dough

For People Who Like a Lot of Veggies

Price$3.50$9.30$2.10$12.70$7.50$2.30$22.50
Japaneseニッスイたこ焼き ねぎ醤油味ジェフダ大粒たこ焼きセブン‐イレブン・ジャパンセブンプレミアム とろ〜り食感 たこ焼きノースイ手作りたこ焼き四国日清食品たこ焼きテーブルマークごっつ旨い たこ焼き昭和冷凍食品業務用 プロの味 たこ焼
Amount and size6 or 18, medium-sized40, large6, large40, small30, small18, small60, small
Calories per 100g145111167145125175183
Cooking methodMicrowave or fryMicrowave or fryMicrowaveMicrowave or fryMicrowave or fryMicrowave or fryMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot includedNot includedBrown sauce, bonito flakesNot includedNot includedNot includedNot included
Country of originN/AChinaJapan (flour)ChinaJapan (cabbage, eggs) / Vietnam and China (octopus)N/AJapan (flour)
Octopus piece size4.55.05.05.03.03.53.5
Overall taste score4.44.34.24.24.13.73.7
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10 Japanese Frozen Takoyaki

We picked out some of the most popular products and taste-tested them. Then we ranked the top 14 Japanese frozen takoyaki available online in Japan.

Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.

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Japaneseニッスイたこ焼き ねぎ醤油味
Amount and size6 or 18, medium-sized
Calories per 100g145
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originN/A
Octopus piece size4.5
Overall taste score4.4
2
Japaneseジェフダ大粒たこ焼き
Amount and size40, large
Calories per 100g111
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originChina
Octopus piece size5.0
Overall taste score4.3
3

7-11 JapanSeven Premium Creamy Takoyaki

6 pieces

$2.10

Japaneseセブン‐イレブン・ジャパンセブンプレミアム とろ〜り食感 たこ焼き
Amount and size6, large
Calories per 100g167
Cooking methodMicrowave
ToppingsBrown sauce, bonito flakes
Country of originJapan (flour)
Octopus piece size5.0
Overall taste score4.2
4
Japaneseノースイ手作りたこ焼き
Amount and size40, small
Calories per 100g145
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originChina
Octopus piece size5.0
Overall taste score4.2
5
Japanese四国日清食品たこ焼き
Amount and size30, small
Calories per 100g125
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originJapan (cabbage, eggs) / Vietnam and China (octopus)
Octopus piece size3.0
Overall taste score4.1
6

TableMarkGottsu Umai Takoyaki

18 pieces

$2.30

Japaneseテーブルマークごっつ旨い たこ焼き
Amount and size18, small
Calories per 100g175
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originN/A
Octopus piece size3.5
Overall taste score3.7
7
Japanese昭和冷凍食品業務用 プロの味 たこ焼
Amount and size60, small
Calories per 100g183
Cooking methodMicrowave or fry
ToppingsNot included
Country of originJapan (flour)
Octopus piece size3.5
Overall taste score3.7

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Creamy Takoyaki from Family Mart convenience stores comes in a 6-pack that you can microwave. They're medium-sized and have a decent amount of octopus. 


The taste is good; however, rather than being creamy and gooey like the package says, they're more sticky and dense. But the sauce is amazing! It's tangy and sweet with a sour aftertaste that we loved.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Eemon Takoyaki from Kanemasu Foods are small-sized in a microwaveable 8-pack. The dough is delicious, but... there's hardly any octopus! We sometimes couldn't tell if it was there or not, and some of the balls didn't seem to have any. Although the cabbage is crunchy, the dough is light, and the flavor is good, it's hard to call it takoyaki.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Nissui's regular takoyaki aren't as good as the green onion and soy sauce ones we chose as our top winner. They do have a nice bite from the pickled red ginger, and the dough melts in your mouth at the first bite. They're small, and the seasonings make them a good snack for adult palates.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

TopValu Dashi Flavor Takoyaki from Aeon supermarket are bite-sized and flavored with kombu seaweed and bonito stock. The texture is slightly firm and hard, but actually we liked that. We didn't taste the dashi stock, though! Because the flavor is weak, you need to add a lot of sauce or mayo.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Hacchan's Big Takoyaki are indeed big, but the octopus pieces aren't. Also, some people liked the fluffy dough, but others thought it was too mushy and grainy. We do give it props for using only Japanese ingredients, though.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

These takoyaki are produced with domestically-grown ingredients by Okamoto Foods. They're not round like all the others, but football-shaped, so they don't roll around and are easy to cook. Their dashi flavor is tasty, but they don't have enough octopus in them.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Maruha Nichiro's takoyaki are not consistent in their size, which was kind of annoying. Also, the dough is a bit bitter and the texture is dry and too crumbly. Some people also thought the ginger flavor was too strong.

How We Tested the Takoyaki

How We Tested the Takoyaki

We prepared and ate each product to check how they tasted. We were also concerned with how big the octopus pieces were in the takoyaki, because no one wants to be the one who gets a batter-only ball, no matter how delicious!

Test ① Did it Taste Good?

First, we tested the most important thing! Is it delicious? Five of us did a blind taste test and rated the takoyaki on a 5-point scale. We prepared all of the products in the microwave to ensure consistency.

Good Takoyaki Has a Crispy Skin and Dense, Gooey Center

Good Takoyaki Has a Crispy Skin and Dense, Gooey Center

We found that the determining the best takoyaki was more about texture than taste. We liked a crispy, crunchy outer skin that was balanced by a creamy, soft, and gooey center. It was important that the ball was plump and the center was well-integrated with the outer shell.

Good Takoyaki Has a Crispy Skin and Dense, Gooey Center

We didn't like ones with dough that had a stiffer texture. Although you'll get stuffed eating them, they can be grainy and dry. And it wasn't the case that a lot of ingredients equaled deliciousness.

Test ② How Much Octopus was in Each Ball?

Test ② How Much Octopus was in Each Ball?

We wanted to know if there was a difference in how much "tako" these takoyaki contained! Did one big chunk taste better? Were many little bits just as good? Did any of the balls have no octopus at all?


We gave them a score by taking the octopus out of 2 balls from each product and comparing them.

Convenience Store Takoyaki Wins for Size, but Small Bits Have a Good Texture!

Convenience Store Takoyaki Wins for Size, but Small Bits Have a Good Texture!

The takoyaki with the biggest pieces of octopus came from convenience stores, surprisingly! 7-11, Family Mart, and Lawson all contained big, thick chunks which also had a good chewiness. (Unfortunately we aren't sure if Lawson still sells the same one we tested.) If you want to really get the full tako experience, go to a convenience store.


But we also realized that smaller pieces are just as delicious. They're spread out in the batter, so if you take bites of the ball, you have a good chance of getting some octopus in every mouthful.

How to Choose Frozen Takoyaki - Buying Guide

We recommend thinking about three things before buying frozen takoyaki.

What Size Do You Prefer?

What Size Do You Prefer?

There are basically two sizes available: small and large. Although some fall in between, you should choose based on how you want to eat them.


If you prefer to take bites, get the large size (pictured on the left). Japanese people cut them with chopsticks on a plate too, but a knife and fork is fine! The large ones are plump and should have a creamy texture.


The smaller ones (pictured on the right) are great for snacks. You can serve them with toothpicks as hors d'ouevres or with alcohol. They're also easier for children or people who want to pop them in their mouths whole.

Pay Attention to the Fillings

Takoyaki is mainly wheat flour and octopus, but in addition to those staples, there are a lot of variations. If you can't read Japanese, many of the shopping web sites we link to have the English translations of the ingredients.

Traditional Takoyaki has Green Onions

Traditional Takoyaki has Green Onions

The Kansai area, home to major cities Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe, is also the birthplace of takoyaki. There it often includes green onions similar to chives. They add a savoriness and aroma that is really irreplaceable. 


For true Kansai-style takoyaki, get ones with green onions. However, be careful if you fry them instead of microwaving! Try not to overcook them as the outer onions can burn easily.

Tenkasu Makes it Creamy

Tenkasu Makes it Creamy

If you want a balance of textures, we recommend takoyaki with tenkasu (fried batter bits) inside. The outside will be crunchier while the center still melts in your mouth. When you microwave takoyaki in search of a crispy shell, sometimes the center gets tough as a result; but with these fried batter bits, the inside will retain its creaminess.


If you are reading the Japanese packages, or if you want to ask at a store, the words 揚げ玉 (agedama) and 天かす (tenkasu) are both used to refer to these fried batter bits.

Get Pickled Red Ginger for a Mature Taste

Get Pickled Red Ginger for a Mature Taste

Pickled red ginger is a common condiment on many Japanese foods, so you've probably tried it before. It's spicy and a little tangy. The flavor goes great with the brown sauce commonly used on takoyaki. We recommend serving them like this as a drinking snack with Japanese sake or other alcohol.


However, a lot of kids don't like spicy ginger. Honestly, since ginger has beneficial effects like warming the body, it's good for them to try it! But if you're having a kids' party with takoyaki, maybe skip the ginger or serve it on the side.

Look for the Octopus-to-dough Ratio on the Package

Look for the Octopus-to-dough Ratio on the Package

Did you know the package will tell you how much octopus is in the takoyaki? Look for a percentage like the photo above! This one says that at the time of mixing the ingredients at the factory, there was 12% octopus compared to all the other ingredients.


It may not always come out that way in each ball, but as a guide, 10-12% means a lot of octopus, while 5-6% is lots of dough and vegetables.

How to Prepare Frozen Takoyaki

Here are some tips on cooking methods and condiments. There are a lot of variations on this delicious street food, so no need to stay traditional every time!

Microwave Them without Covering Them

Microwave Them without Covering Them

When you defrost the takoyaki, the easiest way is to use the microwave, but we recommend heating them up normally without covering them in plastic wrap instead of using the "defrost" setting; this will help the takoyaki retain its inner gooeyness.  


Arrange up to 8 at a time, spacing them apart, and microwave them uncovered according to the manufacturer's instructions. This will give you the best texture.


If you have more time to prepare them, throw them in a pan with a little oil. Thaw them slightly and fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. You can also rub a little oil all over them and bake them in a toaster oven!


Finally, deep-frying is possible, and gives a super-crispy outer skin. But be careful, because frozen foods can cause the oil to spray if you add too many at once.

Use Your Imagination for Condiments!

Use Your Imagination for Condiments!

We already introduced you to some traditional condiments: green onion, pickled ginger, and a brown sauce (look for recipes for takoyaki sauce - some sources say to mix Worcestershire sauce, dashi, sugar and ketchup).


Mayonnaise is very common too. Recently, ponzu (sour, tangy soy sauce) has become popular with takoyaki. Here are some other great ideas for topping and serving.


  • Top them with melted cheese
  • Mentaiko (spicy fish eggs) mixed with mayonnaise
  • Shichimi (Japanese 7-spice powder)
  • Pour some white sauce over them
  • Put them in kimchee hotpot (chige nabe)
  • Top your Japanese curry with them!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is takoyaki high in calories?

Is takoyaki high in calories?

One normal-sized takoyaki is about 30 to 40 calories on its own, but obviously if you add a ton of sauce and mayo that goes up considerably. If you want to keep the calorie count down, eat just a few, and serve them with light toppings like ponzu or vinegar.

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Writing: Rio Sasaki/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Yasuhiro Shimoya


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