Are you craving a savory and crispy pancake that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Korea? Look no further than pajeon, traditional Korean pancakes that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Pajeon, which translates to “scallion pancake,” is a popular dish in Korea that is enjoyed as a snack or side dish. In this article, we will guide you through an easy and delicious pajeon recipe that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
What is Pajeon?
Pajeon is a pan-fried pancake made with green onions, flour, and a few other simple ingredients. The name “pajeon” comes from the Korean words “pa” which means scallion, and “jeon” which means pancake. The pancake is typically round in shape and is known for its crispy exterior and soft, chewy center. It is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other Korean dishes like kimchi ramen or Korean BBQ.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups chopped green onions (scallions), cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
- 1/2 cup small cleaned shrimp or sliced squid (optional)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional: 1-2 small red or green chili peppers, thinly sliced (for spiciness)
- Optional: 1/4 cup kimchi, finely chopped (for added flavor)
Pajeon Korean Pancake Recipe
Step 1: Prepare the Batter
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and water. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth and slightly thick pancake batter. The consistency should be similar to that of crepe or pancake batter.
Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper to the batter and mix well. If you like some spiciness, you can also add thinly sliced chili peppers to the batter at this point.
Add the Vegetables and Seafood:
Stir in the chopped green onions, sliced onions, and cleaned shrimp or sliced squid (if using) into the batter.
If you want to add an extra kick of flavor, you can also incorporate chopped kimchi into the batter.
Step 2: Cook the Pajeon
Heat a non-stick skillet or a griddle over medium heat.
Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and spread it evenly across the surface of the skillet.
Pour a ladleful of the Pajeon batter onto the skillet, spreading it out to form a thin and even pancake.
Cook the Pajeon for about 3-4 minutes on each side until it’s golden brown and crispy.
Step 3: Flip and Cook the Other Side
Carefully flip the Pajeon using a spatula to cook the other side. Add a little more oil around the edges if needed to ensure it cooks evenly.
Step 4: Serve
Once both sides are cooked and crispy, remove the Pajeon from the skillet and transfer it to a serving plate.
Cut the Pajeon into wedges or squares, and serve it hot with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil or any Korean dipping sauce you prefer.