Squash pancakes

Hobakjeon 호박전

I’m going to introduce these 2 kinds of Korean style squash pancakes to you today:
zucchini pancake and butternut squash pancake.

Unlike zucchini, butternut squash is an unusual ingredient in Korean cuisine. When I saw butternut squash for the first time in my life in USA, I asked my friend Jenny to give me her butternut squash recipe.


She told me that she usually cooked it in the microwave or in the oven with some brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon on top. I baked my butternut squash as she told me to, and it was very delicious! I found the texture, sweetness, and even the orange color to be almost the same as the squash that I used to make my hobakjuk in Korea!

Ever since then, buying some good quality of butternut squash in the fall is a regular seasonal activity for me. I stack them in the corner of my kitchen or living room. They are not only edible but also decorative!

My favorite squashes are: acorn squash, goblin squash, zucchini, and butternut squash.


Make your doenjangjjigae with acorn squash! It’s unbelievably delicious. : ) And bake a goblin squash in the oven with some honey, butter, and cinnamon. I love it!

Ok let’s start cooking!

Butternut squash pancake

2 medium sized pancakes.


Butternut squash, salt, flour, vegetable oil.

This is very unique style of pancake because you don’t use water!


  1. Cut a butternut squash in half and remove the seeds with a spoon.splithobak
  2. Peel the skin with a potato peeler.
  3. Julienne the butternut squash.butternutstripsoncuttingboard
  4. Place 2 cups of butternut squash strips into a bowl.
  5. Mix it with ¼ ts salt by hand, and set it aside.
  6. In abut 20 minutes the butternut strips will be a little wet due to the process of osmosis.
  7. Add 3-4 tbs flour and mix it slightly by hand or with a spoon.butternutwithflour
  8. Heat up a pan with 1 tbs olive oil.
  9. Spoon half the butternut squash mixture on to the hot panpressbutternut
  10. Spread the batter thinly, smooth it out with your spoon, and cook for a few minutes over medium heat.
  11. When the bottom of the pancake is lightly golden brown, flip it over.
  12. Keep pressing the pancake gently and add more vegetable oil to make it crispier.
  13. Serve it hot.butternutjeon1

Zucchini pancake

1 large pancake, for sharing.


Zucchini, salt, water, flour, sesame oil, vegetable oil.

I learned this recipe from my friend Heykyung’s mom, when I was in high school. I went to her house one day and her mother made this pancake for us. The taste was much better than any zucchini pancake that I had ever eaten. I found out the trick was just a little bit of sesame oil, in the right spot, at the right time! Actually her recipe used more flour and water, and a little bit of sugar in the batter. I modified her recipe to my taste by cutting down the flour and cutting out the sugar.


  1. Julienne a small zucchini. Put 1½ cups of zucchini strips into a bowl.zuccinistripcutting
  2. Add ½ cup flour, ½ ts salt, ½ cup water and mix it well with a spoon.zucchinimix
  3. On a heated pan, place about 2 tbs vegetable oil and put the batter on to the pan.
  4. Spread the batter evenly and thinly to make a large circular pancake.zucchinionthepan
  5. About 1 minute later, when the bottom part sets firm, add 1 tbs sesame oil on the pan, along the edge of the pancake.
  6. Tilt and shake the pan so that sesame oil spreads underneath the pancake.
  7. Cook another minute until the bottom turns light golden brown and crispy.
    *tip: keep pressing it down with a spoon or spatula while cooking
  8. Turn over the pancake with a spatula, or flip it if you can.
  9. Add more vegetable oil if you want to make it more crispy. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Transfer the pancake to a large serving plate and serve with dipping sauce.

Dipping sauce:


  1. In a small glass bowl add 2 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs vinegar, 1 tbs chopped onion, 1 clove of minced garlic, and 1 sliced green chili pepper.
  2. Mix it up with a spoon.




  1. Tosin_Oc London, UK joined 3/15
    Posted May 10th, 2015 at 4:06 am | # |

    Fantastic recipe again!!! I used potato starch instead of flour in the butternut squash one and it turned out delicious! I was wondering what other type of flour I could use in the batter? Can I use potato starch or rice flour maybe? My husband doesn’t eat gluten and he’s dying to try it! Thanks so much Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 10th, 2015 at 10:56 am | # |

      Rice flour is a good replacement. Potato starch won’t work well.

      • Tosin_Oc London, UK joined 3/15
        Posted May 10th, 2015 at 11:08 am | # |

        Oh great! Thanks so much Maangchi, and thank you for responding so quickly!

  2. salloom Los Angeles joined 2/14
    Posted February 25th, 2014 at 3:38 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I made this recipe today.

    1) Instead of flour, I used Korean Pancake Mix.
    2) The zucchini was placed in a cheese cloth and excess water squeezed out.
    3) I added a teaspoon+ of white powdered sugar to the mix.

    It turned out great and I wish I made more. Next time.

  3. tygerstryped singapore joined 1/14
    Posted January 27th, 2014 at 1:53 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I made the zucchini pancake today and it was a success! ^o^ My batter was a little too wet though so the centre of the pancake was a bit gooey, but it was still very good. Thank you for the delicious recipe!


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am | # |

      Your pancake looks thin and delicious! ” centre of the pancake was a bit gooey” add more oil and lift the edge with your spatula, tilting the pan so that the oil reaches to the center. The oil make it crispy. Good luck!

  4. gemini31 South Korea, Busan joined 5/13
    Posted May 9th, 2013 at 7:27 am | # |

    I tried to cook this kind of pancake and my husband love it.
    Thank you for your site..

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