Korean Pancake With Scallions Recipe (Pa Jun)

Scallion pancakes with soy sauce

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Ratings (85)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
149 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 149
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 6g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Korean scallion pancake (pa jun) recipe is easy to make and is always a big crowd-pleaser. It works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish in a Korean or Asian meal.

As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes—many people have their own delicious versions of pa jun. It's frankly difficult to make a bad batch of scallion pancakes. They work well with many different vegetables and even with different ratios of batter to scallions (in other words, more batter and fewer scallions, or less batter and more scallions and other vegetables).

You can add sliced red chili peppers and white onions to pa jun. Carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and kimchi are also popular additions to Korean scallion pancakes.

You'll get the best results with this recipe if you look specifically for so-called "Asian chives," which are thicker than regular skinny chives, but thinner than typical green onions. Pa is the Korean word for scallion and jun (or jeon) means any food that is coated with a sort of batter and pan-fried. You might also see it written in English as pajeon or pachon.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bunch scallions (halved and cut into 2- to 3-inch lengths)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil (for cooking)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix all ingredients and let sit for about 10 minutes. Check the consistency before cooking. The batter should be a little bit runnier than American pancake batter so that the pa jun cooks quickly and evenly.

    Korean scallion pancake batter.
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  3. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and coat it with a thin layer of oil.

    Hot pan for korean pancakes.
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  4. Pour batter to fill the pan in a thin layer (about one-third of your batter should fill a regular sauté pan).

    Korean pancake batter.
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  5. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until set and golden brown on the bottom.

    Thin korean pancake.
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  6. Turn over the pancake with the help of a spatula or plate (or flip it in the air if you are good at that).

    Flipping korean scallion pancakes.
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  7. Finish by cooking 1 to 2 more minutes, adding more oil if necessary.

    Korean scallion pancakes in the pan.
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  8. Serve with soy sauce or a spicy dipping sauce.

    Korean pancakes with scallions.
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  9. Enjoy!

Using Prepared Batter

You can also make pa jun using the ready-made Korean pancake batter (buchimgae) from a Korean or Asian grocery store. You just add 3/4 cup water to every 1 cup of dry mix and any vegetables you wish.