Kimchi Pancakes Recipe

Learn how to make healthy homemade pancakes with this kimchi recipe.

From "Fermented"
March 2016

  • Kimchi is an essential component of Korean Cuisine. It is served with almost every meal.
    Photo by Tara Fisher
  • Whether you want to experience the health benefits of fermented foods or just try something more experimental in your kitchen, "Fermented" by Charlotte Pike shows you how to make everything from sourdough bread and yogurt to kefir and kombucha.
    Cover courtesy Kyle Books

Cook Time: 6 min

Yield: Serves 4

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These pancakes, made by incorporating kimchi into a thick batter mixture, are extremely popular in Korea, where they are known as Kimchi Jeon. They can also be made with whole wheat flour, or half whole wheat and half white flour, depending on your preference.


• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• Pinch of sea salt

• 1 large egg, beaten

• 1 cup water

• 1 cup Kimchi, drained

• 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

• A little sunflower oil, for cooking


1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and stir in the salt.

2. Make a well in the center, add the beaten egg and water and whisk the ingredients together to form a thick batter.

3. Finally, stir in the kimchi and grated carrot.

4. Heat an 8 in-diameter frying pan over high heat. Add a couple of drops of oil and swirl it around to coat the base of the pan.

5. Pour in roughly a quarter of the batter and swirl the pan so it spreads out in an even layer; it will be quite thick. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through in the center (this bit takes the longest).

6. After you have flipped the pancake over, it helps if you press down on it using a spatula to ensure the center is cooked through. Once the pancakes are cooked, keep them warm on a baking tray lined with nonstick parchment paper in a low oven (220°F) while you cook the rest.

7. Serve as an appetizer; cut into triangular slices.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Fermented by Charlotte Pike and published by Kyle Books, 2015.

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