Korean Seafood pancakes with scallions [Hae Mul Buchu Jeon]

Hello everyone!

Today it’s been raining all day long so I’m going to make some Korean pancakes. In korea this dish goes by three names: Buchimgae, Jijimi or Jeon. But they all mean the same thing: Korean Pancake.

In korea we usually eat this dish on days when it rains. Why? Well…

  • When the pancake is cooked in the pan, it makes a sound very similar to rain.
  • When it’s rainy, our discomfort index is high and blood sugar level is low. So some flour-based food appeals to us as a our body reaction.
  • We usually feel cold on rainy day so we look for food which is high in calories and hot to eat.

Tha main ingredients for the pancake are seafood, chives, potato, spring onion, Kimchi and sesame leaves.

It’s a great snack and appetizer. And usually served with Korean traditional rice wine ‘Mak Geol Li’

Let’s begin!

Korean Pancake Recipe

Ingredients (serves 2)

Pancake batter:

  • 2 cups of  flour
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 bunch of scallions
  • 1/2 of zucchini
  • sea food 200g ( squid, shrimps, shellfish etc)
  • Salt

Dipping sauce:

  • 2 Tbs of soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs of vinegar
  • 1 Tbs of sugar (or honey)
  • little bit of crushed garlic, chilli powder, sesame seeds



1. Cut the zuccini and scallions in half then chop into small strips.

2. Clean the seafood and chop it into large pieces.

3. Combine flour, cold water, eggs, chopped zucchini and salt into a bowl.

4. Heat a non-stick pan with vegetable oil over medium heat, then pour a quarter of the batter into then pan, then add the seafood on top.

5. Pour another quarter of the batter on top, then put the scallions neatly on the batter.

6. Add another 1/4 of flour batter on the top

7. Fry both sides for 5-8 mintues each until they become golden crisp brown

8. Cut into 2-3cm portions and serve with dipping sauce. ENJOY :-)

TIP: You can use green onion instead of scallion. And If you like to , add more vegetables or other ingredient you want.


Quick Korean*

Haemul[해물]= Seafood

Jeon[전]= Pancake

Buchu[부추]= Chives or scallion

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! If you have a request for a korean recipe,
please leave it in the comments below!

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About Chloe

I'm from Korea. I love my people, culture and food.

4 Responses to “Korean Seafood pancakes with scallions [Hae Mul Buchu Jeon]”

  1. I think that Videos are better to showing us how you do it , any way thanks ;) YAy!!

  2. Hi, this is Theresa from Malaysia, i am a huge fan of Korean Food, and i really love your recipe and presentation!

    Hope to see your Kimchi recipe one day, i love that soooooo much~~

    • Hi Theresa:)
      Actually I made lots of Kimchi today because it’s kimchi season in Korea at this moment. But couldn’t get proper picture for the recipe as we were so busy:)
      I will make video&recipe for Kimchi someday.
      Thank you!