Kale Pancakes

Kaeil-jangtteok 케일장떡

Hi everybody!
Let’s make something healthy, delicious, and a little salty today. It’s a delicious Korean side dish, meant to be eaten with rice and other side dishes.

Have you ever heard of jangtteok (장떡)? They’re pancakes seasoned with Korean jang like ganjang (soy sauce), doenjang (soybean paste), or gochujang (hot pepper paste). They make great side dishes for rice and are a popular choice in Korean lunchboxes. I use kale in this recipe but you can use chopped Asian chives, perilla leaves, or green chili peppers. And my version is vegetarian, but you could also add some chopped seafood like shrimp, squid, or clams.


It’s a very versatile Korean dish, and deliciously savory, earthy, hot, and crispy! If you make this jangtteok, or experiment on your own, be sure to send me a photo and let me know about it! I’d love to see your jangtteok!

kale pancakes (케일장떡)

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)



  1. Create a batter by combining flour, doenjang, gochujang, and water in a bowl and mixing well until it’s soft, a little thick, and creamy.kale pancakes_batter (케일장떡)
  2. Remove the stalks and the center stalks of the kale by pulling off the leaves off with your hands. Roll up the kale leaves and chop them into small pieces. Add about 2 cups’ worth to the batter.kale pancakes (케일장떡)
  3. Add onion and green chili pepper (plus red chili pepper if you use it). Mix well.kale pancakes (케일장떡)
  4. Heat up a 10 or 12 inch non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add about 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and swirl to coat.
  5. When the pan is hot, spoon in half the batter. Spread it thinly into a to large circle with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom turns crispy. If it gets too hot, lower the heat to medium.kale-jangtteok (케일장떡)
  6. Flip it over with a spatula, pressing down lightly to cook evenly. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the bottom gets crispy and golden brown. Flip it over one more time and let it cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Both sides of the pancakes should be crispy.kale pancakes (케일장떡)
  7. Transfer it to a serving plate right away and serve, or transfer it to a cutting board and let it cool for 1 minute before cutting it up into bite size pieces. Put it into a plate and serve as a side dish for rice.
  8. You can make another large pancake with the second half of the batter mixture, or 3 small circle pancakes.

kale pancakes (케일장떡)kale pancakes (케일장떡)



  1. BelaCooks Sydney Australia joined 5/17
    Posted August 18th, 2017 at 5:35 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi. In your video you mention that we can steam the pancakes. How long would you steam if for? Thanks :)

  2. Hilary United States joined 8/16
    Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 7:35 pm | # |

    This recipe is delicious! I made it with Swiss chard and mustard greens because I had those and didn’t have kale. My family loved them too.

  3. Fany joined 12/15
    Posted March 19th, 2016 at 10:02 am | # |

    What can I use instead of kale?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 19th, 2016 at 11:08 am | # |

      How about spinach?

      • Fany joined 12/15
        Posted March 19th, 2016 at 11:33 am | # |

        Sounds good I’ll definitely try this. And can I also make this with zucchini, my family doesn’t really like leaf vegetables

  4. Lyra Montreal, Qc, Canada joined 11/14
    Posted November 20th, 2014 at 8:59 pm | # |

    I just made a gluten free version of these with bobs mill all purpose flour plus 1/4 cup buckwheat flour. I often need more gluten free flours because it’s the gluten that expands and soaks up a lot of moisture in batters made with wheat flour.

    They were really delicious! I ate them with a bit of kimchi (made from your kimchi recipe) as relish and a bit of mayonnaise. The kimchi and mayo was perfect on them. Yum!

  5. JaclynJordanF Tupelo, Ms joined 9/14
    Posted September 29th, 2014 at 11:10 am | # |

    Hey Maaaaaangchi!!!!
    I absolutely love your videos, they always make my day! I would like to ask you a question. I love making haemul pajeon. And I have made it for my friends and family before. On Sunday’s I have drama class at church and they wanted me to make the haemul pajeon for them. Church starts at 10:30 and ends at 12 and then drama class is afterwards. (now here is my question) How would I keep the pajeon from getting soggy. I’ll be making it right before church. Any tips?

    Many thanks,

  6. Tialamala Seattle, WA joined 8/14
    Posted August 1st, 2014 at 8:57 pm | # |

    I love this recipe, so easy! This is a great use for kale, which is normally bitter and hard to make delicious things out of. I’ve made this recipe more than a few times in the last week. Some modifications I made are using miso paste to flavor the batter because I didn’t have gochujang, and adding the last of my nappa kimchi (along with the juice for spice in place of the gochujang). Miso made it salty and extra yummy.

  7. Mikala Texas joined 8/14
    Posted August 1st, 2014 at 8:09 pm | # |

    Hi! I have been a big fan of yours for a couple of years–your videos and recipes make cooking Korean food so fun and easy! However, I just found out I’m sensitive to wheat (gluten)… I can tolerate a little flour, like on your yummy butternut squash pancakes, but I’m afraid the amount in this awesome recipe would be too much for me. Would you have a suggestion on a good substitute? Thanks so much!

  8. DrekDerk Utrecht, Netherlands joined 10/13
    Posted July 17th, 2014 at 5:29 am | # |

    This was sooo good! I made it with carrot leaves and endive, with green pepper and onion. It is a great way to cook the somewhat bitter healthy leavy greens. Thanks!

  9. knitkitsune United States joined 6/14
    Posted July 15th, 2014 at 3:23 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi! I made these jangtteok last night with kale fresh from my friend’s garden. They were delicious! I discovered your website a few weeks ago and have been making delicious korean food for my husband and I non-stop! (he is half korean). I have been making all kinds of ban chan, dak galbi, and have even made my own kimchi and grown my own kungnamul! (I just started a second batch this morning) I am having so much fun cooking delicious, healthy food for us :) Thank you so much for all your wonderful videos!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 19th, 2014 at 9:53 am | # |

      wow you are so getting into Korean cooking these days! “I am having so much fun cooking delicious, healthy food for us” Awesome! : )

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