Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Scallion Pancake)

4 servings

servings

10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time

Ingredients

2 cups assortment of seafood (squid, shrimp, mussels, oysters, clams, etc., cut into bite sizes)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 bunches scallions

1 red chili pepper - optional

1 egg (lightly beaten - optional)

BATTER

1 cup Korean pancake mix, buchim garu, 부침가루 (or all purpose flour or gluten free flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt - See note)

3/4 cup icy water

Dipping Sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 to 3 teaspoons vinegar

1 tablespoon water

pinch of black pepper

pinch of gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes)

1/2 teaspoon sugar - optional

1 tablespoon chopped scallion - optional

1 tablespoon Diced onion - optional

Directions

Prepare the seafood, scallions and optional pepper, draining excess water. (Wet ingredients will make pajeon soggy.) Cut the scallions in half crosswise. Cut the white part of the scallions lengthwise if thick. Mix the seafood with the sesame oil.

In a large bowl, mix the pancake mix with 3/4 cup icy cold water. You may need a couple more tablespoons but add one tablespoon at a time. The batter should be thinner than a Western breakfast pancake batter and thicker than a crepe batter. (For a crispy pajeon, the batter should be relatively thin.) Mix in 1/2 of the seafood.

Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat, ladle 1/2 of the mixture into the pan and spread it evenly into a thin round shape.

Arrange the scallions in a single layer on top of the batter, pressing them down into the batter. Add 1/2 of the remaining seafood and a few slices of the optional pepper.

Spoon one half of the optional lightly beaten egg on top. Cook until the bottom is golden brown (3 – 4 minutes). Reduce the heat to medium if the pancake is browning too fast.

Turn it over, adding more oil (2 to 3 tablespoons) around the edges. Cook for another 3 – 4 minutes. Repeat the process with the remaining batter and ingredients. Serve hot off the pan with dipping sauce.

Optional method

Cut the scallions shorter, 2 to 3-inch lengths. You can mix everything with the batter, except the egg. Drizzle the egg over on top, and follow the direction above for pan-frying.

4 servings

servings

10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time
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