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haemul pajeon

Easy Korean Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

Korean Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon). A crispy chewy aromatic onion pancake topped off with squid rings and shrimp. A popular appetizer, snack or side dish in Korean cuisine that will keep your taste buds salivating for more. Easy to make at home and in less than 30 minutes!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine korean
Servings 8 slices (or 1 large 12 inch pancake)
Calories 174 kcal


  • ½ cup squid rings diced
  • ½ cup black tiger shrimp peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or neutral kind
  • 2 eggs beaten

Haemul pajeon batter:

  • 3 cups green onion chopped into 1-inch-long pieces
  • 1 cup yellow onion thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ cup water

Haemul pajeon sauce:

  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp sesame seeds


  • In a large mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, garlic powder and salt. Whisk together until combined. Then add sliced green onion, yellow onion, and water. Mix well until the batter is sticky and has covered all your onions.
  • In a non-stick pan set over medium heat, add neutral oil, and let it become hot. To test if it’s hot enough, place a wooden chopstick into the oil and look for bubbles. Then carefully scrape your batter into the hot oil with a silicone spatula.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the pan and flatten down firmly. Sprinkle and press diced shrimp and squid over top, then pour the beaten eggs over top. Allow this to cook uncovered for 7-8 minutes or until the bottom is golden crispy brown with slight charring.
  • Flip the pancake over with the assistance of a large plate by sliding the pancake onto the plate and then flipping the uncooked side of the pancake into the pan. Fry on the other side for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is pink. Slice on a cutting board and enjoy with the dipping sauce!

Suggest Equipment & Products

Large Non-Stick Pan
Mixing bowl
Measuring Set
Silicone Spatula 3-Piece Set
Cutting Board
Santoku Knife
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Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg