Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancake - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. |

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes

Delicious golden brown Korean pancakes ready to eat in just a few flips. You're sure to have a clean plate and a full stomach at the end of this meal! Recipe suitable for one large pancake or two small ones.
Course Snack
Cuisine Korean
Author Wandercooks


  • 1 cup Korean pancake mix - see notes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh mixed seafood of your choice ie oysters, calamari, octopus etc
  • 1 bunch flat Asian chives chopped (substitutes: green onions or chives)
  • ½ cup kimchi finely chopped
  • ½ cup cabbage chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp canola oil

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder optional


  • Mix the soy sauce, water, vinegar, minced garlic and chilli powder in a dipping bowl and set aside.
  • Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl with the water and egg. Mix until batter is smooth.
  • Add the green onions and seafood mix to the batter and mix until well combined.
  • Heat half the oil in a frypan on high and then turn down to medium. Pour the batter mix into the pan and press out to the edges of the pan. Add a little more oil around the edges of the pancake until you can see the oil bubbling. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Flip the pancake and cook the other side, adding a little more oil as necessary around the edges.
  • Continue cooking and flipping until the seafood has been cooked and the pancake is a delicious golden brown colour.
  • Serve immediately with the dipping sauce.


If you don't have access to Korean pajeon pancake mix you can substitute with 1 cup of all-purpose flour (corn or potato flour is best) and ½ tsp baking powder.
Ensure all ingredients added to the pancake mix are as dry as possible. Squeeze or pat the green onions and/or seafood mix if necessary.