Pajeon – Green Onion Pancake

Pajeon is a basic green onion (scallion) pancake served as a snack, ban chan dish, or appetizer in many Korean restaurants. Vegetables are battered and pan fried, cut into either rectangles or triangles, (or served whole) and served warm or hot. This is a basic version, there are many others which include meats, seafood, kimchi, or a larger variety of vegetables.


Pajeon (Pancake) Seafood & Vegetable Ingredients

12 each medium scallions, spring, or green onion

1 small carrot, shredded

2 fresh red chili or jalapeno peppers

6 each garlic cloves

Optional Additions:

1 each large sweet green pepper

1 each small zucchini

Batter Ingredients

1 egg

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup corn or potato starch

2 cup ice cold water

1 tablespoon pure roasted sesame seed oil (NOT cold pressed oil)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Dip ingredients

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon chopped scallion, spring, or green onion

1 teaspoon roasted sesame seed oil

1 teaspoon coarse ground chili powder

1 teaspoon sugar

Vegetable cooking oil as needed for frying



Slice larger scallion/onion in half lengthwise.

Cut scallion/onion to 1 1/2 inch lengths.

Shred the carrot on a bias (at an angle) into strips about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long.

Sliver garlic cloves from top to bottom.

Sliver peppers into thin strips or “threads” from top to bottom.

Slice zucchini into thin strips or “noodles” roughly 1/8 inch thick and wide by 1 1/2 inches long.


In a small bowl, mix all dip ingredients.

Stir well and set aside.


In a small mixing bowl:

Whip egg and sesame oil together with a whisk, fork, or slotted spoon.

In a medium to large mixing bowl:

Mix dry ingredients (flour, starch, salt).

Add egg mixture and water. Stir until well mixed. (Batter should be slightly thinner than standard pancake batter.)


Preheat large flat bottomed skillet (pancake griddle to 350º) over high heat.

Reduce heat to medium and add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Ladle batter into skillet (six to eight inch diameter) and quickly add the tossed ingredients evenly over the batter.

When the underside is lightly browned carefully flip the pancake. (check by slightly lifting one edge with spatula)

Repeat until golden brown on both sides. Edges should be slightly crisp.

Repeat process until all the batter is used. (pancakes may be kept in warm oven until cooking is done).

Cut pancakes into approximately 1 inch by 1 inch sections and serve with dip as a snack or as a side dish with a Korean meal.


To reheat – Wrap in tin foil and place in 350º oven for about 10 minutes. Add 5 minutes for each additional pancake.

Unused cooked pancakes may be frozen for later use.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About 4 ounces.

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

Amount Per Serving

Calories 121.81

Calories From Fat (31%) 38.11

Calories From Protein (32%) 39.13

Calories From Carbohydrates (37%) 44.57

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 4.31g 7%

Saturated Fat 1.01g 5%

Monounsaturated Fat 1.55g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.33g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 123.97mg 41%

Sodium 231.56mg 10%

Potassium 202.06mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates 11.03g 4%

Fiber 0.68g 3%

Sugar 0.83g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 10.35g

Protein 9.37g 19%

Vitamin A 428.27IU 9%

Vitamin C 12.19mg 20%

Calcium 29.87mg 3%

Iron 1.03mg 6%

Vitamin E 0.16mg 2%

Vitamin D 0.58IU <1%

Thiamin 0.09mg 6%

Riboflavin 0.27mg 16%

Niacin 1.72mg 9%

Vitamin B6 0.08mg 4%

Folate 28.78mcg 7%

Vitamin B12 0.57mcg 10%

Pantothenic Acid 0.31mg 3%

Vitamin K 23.14mcg 29%

Phosphorus 133mg 13%

Magnesium 23.61mg 6%

Zinc 0.93mg 6%

Copper 0.98mg 49%

Manganese 0.12mg 6%

Selenium 26.14mcg 37%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 68.8g 0%

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