Pajeon – Savoury Korean Green Onion Pancakes {Recipe}

I love green onion and I love savoury pancakes, especially Korean ones. My mom and I would always get the readymade ones from Trader Joes because they were so delicious. Little did I know how ridiculously easy it is to make your own. Much more tasty as well! 

Green onion is also known as spring onion, and scallion. People use it as garnish, in their salads, and directly cooked into their foods. I love onions, and I love using green onion in my cooking.. I have no idea why it’s called by so many different names! Perhaps it’s like how Coriander is referred to as Cilantro, depending on which part of the world you live in?

Here’s the original version on Maangchi’s website.


Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5

Pancake ingredients:

  • 10 stalks of green onion
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon soybean paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil

Dipping sauce ingredients: (mix together in small bowl)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 2 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of roasted sesame seeds


  • Take green onion and wash it well.  Green onion tends retain mud inside its stalks as it’s a nice earthy root vegetable. Chop it nice and thinly! Put aside to use later. 
  • In a bowl, whisk water, soybean paste, sugar together. Add flour little by little until battle is smooth. Add green onion. 
  • Heat up a flat pan and brush a thin layer of oil. Take a small spoon, and in crepe-like fashion, create little pancakes, no bigger than 5 inches.
  • Wait until little bubbles start to appear, then flip over. When it is slightly browned, the pancake will be cooked. 
  • Enjoy with sour and spicy dipping sauce!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Hopefully you can enjoy this recipe with family or even by yourself.