Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon)

The Best Korean Pancakes - Pajun (Pajeon) Recipe #vegetarianKorean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon) – This easy Korean pancake recipe, called Pajun is loaded with vegetables, and served with a spicy soy dipping sauce.

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If you’ve hung around A Spicy Perspective for more than a few weeks, you probably know I am crazy about global cuisine. I love experimenting with unique flavor combinations, exotic spices, and classic dishes from places we’ve traveled.

Well today’s dish falls under the none-of-the-above category, but is still dazzling enough to share. *wink*

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Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon) are made from a standard savory pancake batter mixed with shredded potoatoes and various fresh vegetables, then are pan-fried to perfection.

There are no “unique” or “exotic” combinations here, unless you find the soy and sesame seeds in the dipping sauce exotic.

And I’ve never explored Korea. I’ve only passed through the Seoul Airport heading to other locations.

Nevertheless, my family has a favorite Korean restaurant here in Asheville, and we absolutely cannot visit without ordering the Pajun Korean Pancakes. They might be the best things on the menu.

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Korean Pancakes are crispy on the outside, soft and moist in the middle, and chock-full of fresh lightly-cooked vegetables.

Now, I know we don’t always think of vegetables as kid-friendly, but my two babies beg for Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon).

We also took a little friend, who is extremely picky has a delicate palate, to eat Korean Pancakes with us and she was crazy over them as well.

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So for the last few months my children + one, have been begging me to figure out how to make Pajun at home. Today’s recipe is dedicated to Carson, Ava and Paiton, my favorite little Pajun eaters.

Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon) is actually very simple to make.

Whisk the soy dipping sauce. Beat the pancake batter. Then let the batter rest while you chop up the veggies.

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The vegetables should be cut really small, julienne-small, to make sure they cook through. I used my mandoline slicer here to save time.

Assuming you might not own a mandoline, I also used pre-shredded carrots and hash browns. (Instead of whole potatoes and carrots to cut down on the prep-work.)

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Then mix in the veggies and fry up the Korean Pancakes, 4-5 minutes per side.

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This is a great make-ahead that can be warmed up in the oven. Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon) are also really good as leftovers!

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5 from 12 votes

Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon)

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon) - Crispy Korean Pancake Recipe, called Pajun (Pajeon) loaded with veggies and serves with a spicy soy dipping sauce.
Servings: 4 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon)
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 2009mg 84%
Potassium 731mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 10g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 130%
Vitamin C 70.4%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 29.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

Pajun (Pajeon)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 cups frozen hash browns, completely thawed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced julienne
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced julienne
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut in 1 in. sections
  • Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
Dipping Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place all the dipping sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk and warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, just long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Whisk again and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the flour, water, egg and salt. Mix in the thawed hash browns, then set the batter aside to rest.
  3. Preheat two non-stick skillets to medium high heat. Slice all the veggies julienne (long thin strips) and mix into the batter. Pepper to taste. If the batter still seems very thick after the veggies are mixed in, add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix well.

  4. Now add a little oil to each skillet and swirl around. Ladle enough veggie batter into each skillet to completely cover the bottom. Fry for 4-5 minutes, per side. Repeat with remaining batter.  Cut the Korean pancakes into wedges and serve warm with the dipping sauce.

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Recipe Notes

Using a 12 inch skillets, you should have enough batter to make 4 large pancakes.

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124 comments on “Korean Pancakes: Pajun (Pajeon)

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  2. Rachelposted November 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Oh my made the Korean pancake and it was amazing. I was a little skeptical mixing the raw veggies with the flour but everything got cooked. Really easy and yummy.

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  6. Gizelle Wilkinsonposted May 25, 2017 at 3:08 am Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious. I am vegan so I will do a vegan version (without the egg). Can’t wait to try this.

  7. Stephanieposted May 24, 2017 at 12:49 am Reply

    Hi, Did your children enjoy your Pajun pancakes??

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  11. Jessicaposted January 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Can they be made without the flour and then maybe eliminate the water. I cant eat wheat flour.

    • Donna B.posted March 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Can you use gluten free flour? She mentioned in a reply to a comment that she had used different flours, even coconut flour.

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