Gamjajeon / Gamjabuchim – Potato Pancake

A very simple but delicious potato pancake often served as part of a ban chan array. The onion used in this recipe will prevent the potato from turning brown.

Equipment Needed

  Any One Of:


  Super Fine Grater

  Mortar with Pestle


3 medium potatoes — (about 1.5 pounds)

1/2 large onion — (about 2.5 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon salt


2 small green onions

1/4 small carrot

  Shiitake — enoki, or other mushroom

Preparation (follow steps in order)

  • Onion
    • Peel and rinse in cold water.
    • Grate, blend, or crush in mortar until a fine paste results.
  • Potato
    • Grate, blend, or crush in mortar, then mix with the onion.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Green Onion
    • Rinse in cold water, trimming as needed.
    • Cut into roughly 1/2 to 3/4 inch long pieces.
  • Carrot
    • Rinse in cold water.
    • Thin slice lengthwise, then cut slices into thin strips about the same length as the green onion pieces.
  • Mushrooms
    • Rinse in cold water.
    • Thin slice (or separate stems for enoki), then cut into strips.
    • Add to onion potato mix.

Lightly press the mixture in a bowl and pour off a small amount of the liquid.


Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium heat.

Add the “batter” by spoonful and press flat to form a “cake”.

Fry until a light golden brown, flip and fry the other side until light golden brown.

Serve with a dipping sauce.