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Kimchijeon (김치전)

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Kimchi pancakes (김치전 or 김치부침개) are savory pancakes made with a bit of seasoning and lots of kimchi! A perfect appetizer or meal by itself, kimchijeon is delicious and addictive!


Kimchi jeon base

  • 1 cup aged kimchi thinly sliced

  • 2 coarsely chopped green onions

  • 1/4 medium onion, cut into thin slices

  • 1 1/4 cup Beksul Korean pancake mix

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp gochujang Korean chilli pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice

  • 1 slightly beaten egg

  • 1 cup of ice cold water

  • Vegetable or rapeseed oil for frying the pan

Dipping sauce

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 1/2 tsp sugar

  • A pinch of black pepper

  • A pinch of red pepper gochugang flakes



  1. Make the dipping sauce by mixing all the ingredients of the sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pancake mixture, baking powder and chilli flakes.

  3. Add the kimchi, onion, green onion, kimchi juice and egg. Stir together until mixed, but do not over-mix.

  4. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan to medium temperature. Ladle some of the mixture into the pan and spread thinly to cover the pan. Cook until the edges turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. If the pancake browns too quickly, reduce the temperature to a moderately low level.

  5. Turn over the pancake and add a little more oil around the edge and press down the pancake with the spatula. Cook until the other side is light golden, about 3 minutes.

  6. Remove pancake and place on a plate.

  7. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

  8. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.


  • Jeon means pancakes in Korean, so kimchijeon is kimchi pancake.

  • It's a great way to use your kimchi if it's more sour than you like. When you cook kimchi, it becomes less spicy and gains a mild sweetness.

  • Kimchijeon is also delicious when it's cold. Either way, it's addictive!

  • You can add chopped squid, beef or chicken for more flavor.

Enjoy, and as we say, before meals: 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokgetseumnida), which roughly means: "Eat well."

KimchiLove♥️ ...from our kitchen to yours.

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