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.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About  3 ounces.

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 92.68

Calories From Fat (35%) 32.36

Calories From Protein (15%) 13.94

Calories From Carbohydrates (50%) 46.38

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3.7g 6%

Saturated Fat 0.78g 4%

Monounsaturated Fat 1.26g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.27g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 60.29mg 20%

Sodium 182.08mg 8%

Potassium 160.39mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates 11.72g 4%

Fiber 2.24g 9%

Sugar 1.31g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 9.48g

Protein 3.77g 8%

Vitamin A 184.44IU 4%

Vitamin C 2.58mg 4%

Calcium 39.74mg 4%

Iron 1.1mg 6%

Vitamin E 0.36mg 4%

Vitamin D 4.86IU 1%

Thiamin 0.1mg 7%

Riboflavin 0.12mg 7%

Niacin 0.94mg 5%

Vitamin B6 0.11mg 6%

Folate 31.66mcg 8%

Vitamin B12 0.18mcg 3%

Pantothenic Acid 0.41mg 4%

Vitamin K 10.15mcg 13%

Phosphorus 68.88mg 7%

Magnesium 21.23mg 5%

Zinc 0.5mg 3%

Copper 0.13mg 7%

Manganese 0.29mg 15%

Selenium 7.54mcg 11%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 59.65g 0%

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