Kimchi Pancake

Welcome to a culinary journey that will spice up your cooking game! Today, we'll be exploring an enticing recipe straight from the heart of Korea: Kimchi Pancakes. These savory treats, also known as Kimchijeon, are a staple in Korean cuisine, loved for their piquant, tangy flavors, and the satisfying crunch of pan-fried batter. They blend the fermented goodness of kimchi with simple pancake ingredients to create a delicious fusion that promises to surprise your taste buds.

Whether as an appetizer, a side dish, or a main course, Kimchi Pancakes can add an exotic touch to your regular menu. Ready to step into this unique flavor experience? Let's get started!

Why This Recipe Works

Kimchi pancake is a delicious and popular Korean dish that combines the tangy and spicy flavors of kimchi with the savory goodness of a pancake. This recipe works because it offers a perfect balance of textures and tastes. The crispy exterior of the pancake provides a satisfying crunch, while the soft and chewy interior is packed with the unique flavors of fermented kimchi. It's a fantastic way to enjoy the pungent and addictive qualities of kimchi in a different form.

Making kimchi pancakes is also incredibly easy and requires only a few basic ingredients. The batter consists of simple pantry staples like flour, water, and eggs, which are mixed together to create a smooth and pourable mixture. Then, the kimchi is added, bringing its vibrant and spicy character to the pancake. The combination of ingredients creates a harmonious blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Ingredients

Kimchi - fermented cabbage with a spicy, tangy taste; substitute with pickled vegetables if kimchi is unavailable

Flour - all-purpose flour works best for this recipe

Water - helps create a smooth batter

Scallions - adds a fresh, mild onion flavor; substitute with chives or green onions if needed

Vegetable oil - for frying the pancakes; can use canola or sunflower oil as a substitute

Tips

  • Squeeze excess liquid from kimchi before chopping to avoid soggy pancakes
  • Adjust batter consistency with more water or flour as needed
  • Make smaller pancakes for easier flipping
  • Cook pancakes on medium heat for even browning
  • Use a non-stick pan for best results

How to Serve

Kimchi pancakes are best served warm, with a dipping sauce on the side. A simple soy sauce and vinegar mixture with a touch of sesame oil and sugar works well as a dipping sauce. These pancakes make a delicious appetizer or side dish to complement any Korean or Asian-inspired meal.

  • Serve as an appetizer with a variety of other Korean dishes
  • Enjoy as a main course with a side of steamed rice and vegetables
  • Use as a filling for lettuce wraps or sandwiches

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Kimchi Pancake

Try this easy, delicious kimchi pancake recipe for a flavorful appetizer or side dish. Made with simple ingredients, it's perfect for any Korean or Asian-inspired meal.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: all-purpose flour, kimchi, scallions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped kimchi
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix kimchi, flour, water, and scallions until well combined.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes until edges are crispy and golden brown, then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.
  • Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal Carbohydrates: 98g Protein: 14g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 17mg Potassium: 233mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 359IU Vitamin C: 7mg Calcium: 50mg Iron: 6mg

Notes

  • Squeeze excess liquid from kimchi before chopping to avoid soggy pancakes
  • Adjust batter consistency with more water or flour as needed
  • Make smaller pancakes for easier flipping
  • Cook pancakes on medium heat for even browning
  • Use a non-stick pan for best results
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