Kimchi pancake

Kimchijeon 김치전

Hi, everybody! I’m going to introduce 2 kinds of kimchijeon to you today: chopped kimchi pancake and non-chopped kimchi pancake.

The kimchijeon made with chopped kimchi is very easy and simple to make. You don’t need any special ingredients as long as you have some kimchi in your fridge. I usually make this style of kimchijeon at home.


The kimchijeon made with whole kimchi leaves is what I would call upgraded kimchijeon. ; )

Have you ever seen this kind of kimchijeon? My late grandmother used to make it for us. I thought this style of kimchijeon looked very special when I saw her cooking this pancake for the first time. I remember what I thought when I saw her making this pancake: “Hmm, grandma treats the kimchi leaf like a slice of fish? Interesting!” but I never told her what I thought. I just watched what she was doing.

I miss my grandmother now. She would be so proud of me if she knew I was posting her recipe here!

Which recipe would you like better? : )

In the video, I’m showing how to cut the big round chopped kimchi kimchijeon (12 inches wide because my frying pan is 12 inches wide) into bite sized pieces, but as I mentioned in the video, you could serve it right out of the pan without cutting. It’s usually served as family snack that way. Use your chopsticks to tear a piece of the kimchijeon from the plate.

It may be difficult to do alone because the rest of the kimchijeon should remain on the plate for everyone else. So one of your family members should grab the pancake with her or his chopsticks so you can tear more easily. Helping each other is very important when you eat this way!

“Let me eat some, I need someone’s help! Grab the corner of this pancake for me, plz!”

If you cut it into bite sized pieces, it’s usually served as a side dish. It’s a popular side dish for lunch box, too.

Enjo~yee the recipe! : )

Kimchijeon made with chopped kimchi

Yield: 2-4 servings


Kimchi, onion, salt, sugar, flour, vegetable oil.


  1. In a bowl, place 1 cup of chopped kimchi, 3 tbs of kimchi juice, 2 tbs chopped onion, ½ ts salt, ½ ts sugar, ½ cup flour (all purpose flour), and ¼ cup of water and mix it well with a spoon.
    mixing kimchi pancake
  2. Heat up a 12 inch non-stick pan over medium high heat and drizzle about 2 tbs grape seed oil.
  3. Place the mixture of kimchi pancake batter on the pan and spread it thinly and evenly with a spoon.
  4. Cook it for 1 to 1½ minutes until the bottom gets golden brown and crispy.
  5. Turn it over with a spatula or flip it.
    frying kimchi pancake
  6. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 1½ minutes.
  7. Turn it over one more time and cook for 30 seconds before transfering it to a serving plate.
    *tip: Serve it right out of the pan or cool it down and cut it into bite size to serve.

kimchijeon kimchi pancake

Kimchijeon made with whole kimchi leaves

Yield: 2 servings


Kimchiground pork, tofu, onion chives (or green onions), onion, salt, black ground pepper, sesame oil, egg, flour, grape seed oil.


Prepare kimchi

  1. Prepare 6 or 7 kimchi leaves (6 to 7 inches long, or 16 cm) and ½ cup flour in a plate.
  2. Coat both sides of each kimchi leaf  in the flour by hand.

Make meat mixture

  1. In a small bowl, add 2 tbs ground pork (or beef),  2 tbs tofu (after gently squeezing out excess water with a paper towel), 1 ts chopped onion chives (or green onion), 1 tbs chopped onion, a pinch of salt and black ground pepper, 1 ts of sesame oil, and mix the mixture well with a spoon.
  2. Set aside.

Make the pancakes

  1. Place 1 egg in a small bowl and add a pinch of salt. Beat it with a fork.
  2. Add some of the meat-tofu mix on one side of a kimchi stem. Add some flour on top of the mixture.
  3. Put some of the meat-tofu mix on the rest of kimchi leaves.
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan and add some grape seed oil (or vegetable oil).
  5. Coat each kimchi leaf with beaten egg mix and place on the heated pan.
    *tip: the meat mixture should be bottom of the pan
  6. When the bottom of the kimchi pancake turns golden brown (1 or 1½ minutes), turn it over and cook another minute.
  7. Turn it over one more time and cook another 30 seconds before transfering it to a serving plate.
    *tip: you can serve it as it is or cut it into bite size before serving




  1. katyajini new york city joined 4/16
    Posted April 25th, 2016 at 2:04 pm | # |

    Dear Maanchi, God knows how many times I have made this since I found this last year. Actually my children found you and ask me to make your recipes. It is utterly delicious and easy. I would like to use Korean Pancake Mix that I bought on a whim from H mart. For this and other Korean pancakes on your site. It already has salt in it but how does it affect taste and texture of pancakes? Could I just use it in place of some the flour? Thank you!

  2. mrsjennie Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA joined 2/17
    Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 6:07 pm | # |

    Can the all purpose flour be substituted with whole wheat flour, or will that affect the consistency of the 전?

    (Sorry if this is a stupid question, I’m new to cooking)

  3. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14
    Posted June 11th, 2015 at 10:44 am | # |

    Where have you been all my life, Kimchijeon?? While I was growing up, If my mom had known such a thing existed, she never would have had to wonder what to make for dinner. We would have said every time “Make the Kimchi Pancake, Please!!!” Such a simple preparation, but WOW what indescribably delicious flavors. The sizzling oil brings out a caramel sweetness in the onions and cabbage. I cannot believe how satisfying this dish is. THANK YOU Maangchi!!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 11th, 2015 at 2:09 pm | # |

      Haha, you are right. From now on, you will keep making kimchi so that you can make kimchijeon and other recipes that call for kimchi. You understand why kimchi is such a big deal in Korean cuisine. : )

  4. Sparkles2015 South San Francisco, ca joined 9/16
    Posted September 7th, 2016 at 2:15 am | # |

    Com sumida Maangchi! Thank you so much for creating this site! And Sharing all of your wonderful recipes. I am not Korean but Asian and my husband is Korean. I have learned some dishes From my in laws and yours really is so helpful! My Omani does not measure so I have learned and changed some of her recipes. I have sent your site to so many of my friends and family that loves Korean food, and has been so successful at making it! I just wanted to add that when making the pancake any variation. I have found that using Pelligrino Ice Cold (like tempura) makes an even crispier pancake. I was watching a iron chef show and they used ice cold vodka for a frying dish and I had a lot of pelligrino at home so decided to try! Much crispier maybe due to the bubbles? I also treated my pancake much like an American pancake. When I let the pancake fry for a while one one side before turning. I did press down after turning and left fry more. I seem to make a crispier pancake that also stayed crispier longer. It works well with savory fried dishes because of the salt in the minerals. You are the best! Thank you for sharing the love of Korean cooking!

  5. VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17
    Posted June 9th, 2017 at 3:25 pm | # |

    So easy and so delicious – we love Kimchi pancakes!

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  6. entropicage United States joined 12/13
    Posted December 5th, 2013 at 1:04 pm | # |

    I made the chopped kimchi version using your recipe for emergency kimchi. It didn’t have quite enough juice, but still came out super tasty!

    • ddnorman Southern NH, USA joined 9/13
      Posted December 5th, 2013 at 5:10 pm | # |

      I did the same thing withe the same results. What I do in that case is to add a Tbsp of gochujang and maybe about a half cup or so of water (until I like the consistency ^^).

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted December 5th, 2013 at 5:56 pm | # |

        That’s a good tip! : )

  7. KaggyKat Oceanside, CA joined 5/17
    Posted May 25th, 2017 at 3:54 pm | # |

    I’ve made this recipe 3 times already. It’s delicious, but I think I’m doing something wrong because the outside starts to burn before the inside gets cooked. I think maybe medium-high heat on my stove is too hot?

  8. Kim Tan Norway joined 10/16
    Posted October 15th, 2016 at 12:18 pm | # |

    I Just made this and it tasted so good!

  9. Inches Chicago joined 6/16
    Posted June 6th, 2016 at 4:15 pm | # |

    I made your kimchi Friday and the kimchijeon this morning! I’m so glad you have exposed me to Korean cooking with your fun videos!

    I forgot the water, but it still turned out great! I wanted the pork, but not the hassle of breading leaves like fish, so I just stirred in ground pork to the first recipe. Yum!

    At Korean restaurants there is always a dark dipping sauce with green onions and other things inside that they serve with the seafood pancakes. Do you have recipe for that? Does it taste good with kimchijeon?

    Thanks again! You are my missing Korean mom ^_^

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  10. Raluca Romania joined 5/16
    Posted May 28th, 2016 at 4:44 am | # |

    Dear Maangchi,

    Made this for brunch today and it was easy and delicious! I even managed to get it crispy all over on the first attempt, based on my experience of perfecting the zucchini pancake. I always make a huge batch of kimchi that I keep in the fridge for months, so I’m working my way through the different kimchi recipes for variety.

    You’ve been my Korean food guru for years now, so I just wanted to thank you!

  11. Kalia_AliceXiong Milwaukee, Wisconsin joined 5/16
    Posted May 27th, 2016 at 1:45 pm | # |

    Next time I go grocery shopping I will buy the ingredients to make this!!!

  12. adlez27 Singapore joined 5/16
    Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:06 am | # |

    I’m a young and new fan, and today my parents and I finally tried this recipe. We got a bag of kimchi from a really nearby korean store, and made kimchi jeon to go with our bulgogi~

  13. bunraf joined 6/15
    Posted June 6th, 2015 at 10:26 am | # |

    I made my kimchi 2 days ago and now it’s saved in my refrigerator. It tasted amazing.. it was my second time making kimchi.. I use my local pepper powder, cuz it’s a little hard to found korean pepper powder in my local market. Just can’t wait to try this kimchi pancake recipe, it looks yuuummmm…

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  14. Siv joined 6/15
    Posted June 4th, 2015 at 11:19 pm | # |

    I love korean food, especially kimchi pancake. I made this today and it was amazing. Thank you for the recipe! I’m going to be making some more tomorrow.

  15. sopisacat Virginia joined 3/15
    Posted March 16th, 2015 at 2:03 pm | # |

    My family fell in love with kim chi pancakes after having it in a restaurant a few years ago. After watching your video, I was able to make kim chi pancakes at home with some chopped kim chi from my local Asian market. My daughters loved it!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 17th, 2015 at 7:34 am | # |

      “My daughters loved it!” Awesome!

  16. Justin Pennsylvania, USA joined 9/14
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 6:09 am | # |

    I made this for my Korean friend. I used my own kimchi make with your makkimchi recipe. She loved it and wondered how I could make such a thing. She was happy to have some home-made Korean food while she was far away from home. Thanks Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 21st, 2015 at 10:30 am | # |

      Kimchi pancake made with your own homemade kimchi is precious! : )

  17. Doobu California joined 11/14
    Posted February 6th, 2015 at 7:37 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi. What firmness tofu do you use?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 9th, 2015 at 11:54 am | # |

      I use medium-firm tofu.

  18. Brigitte Eastern Ontario joined 1/15
    Posted January 20th, 2015 at 6:27 pm | # |

    The pancakes were perfect for our taste! Absolutely yummy! Thank you! My kids are totally loving your videos, as am I. Blessings.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 20th, 2015 at 8:07 pm | # |

      Wonderful! Happy cooking!

  19. Tamakatsura MIlan (Italy) and Gyeongsan (South Korea) joined 1/15
    Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 10:55 am | # |

    Hi! ^ ^~
    I’ve been reading you for some times and now that I’m in Korea finally I’m trying to cook with your recipes. ~☆
    Tonight I tried kimchijeon using the kimchi my friend made last week and the taste was lovely! I’ll have to train my flipping skills though. ㅋㅋㅋ
    I just can’t wait to try more recipes.

    Is it supposed to be crispy outside and softer inside?

  20. 13thTale Croatia joined 9/14
    Posted October 4th, 2014 at 6:22 am | # |

    I just made it and it’s fantastic!! I love it!! I ate it with cooked rice wraped in seasoned kim. I would eat this often if kimchi was easy to come by here where I live.

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted October 4th, 2014 at 10:16 am | # |

      Hi 13thTale,

      you don’t have to use kimchi made from napa cabbage. Use radishes, turnips, cabbage, … to make kimchi.
      Or just spice up the sauerkraut used for sarma e. g.
      Often sauerkraut is referred to as “German kimchi” by Koreans. ;-)

      Bye, Sanne.

  21. Charmaine Singapore joined 6/11
    Posted July 19th, 2014 at 9:21 pm | # |

    Hi maangchi! I finally made this with kimchi made with your emergency kimchi recipe ! However despite being sour , I do not have a lot of kimchi juice. Hence I made a mixture using gochujang and water and replace the kimchi juice ! It turns out delicious (:

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 21st, 2014 at 9:27 pm | # |

      Thank you for sharing the good tip!

  22. jasaniaithy San Francisco, CA joined 7/14
    Posted July 10th, 2014 at 11:38 pm | # |

    I made these for my husband and I yesterday and they were delicious! Actually, they were so delicious that I made another batch today as well. Thank you! You have a new subscriber for sure. I miss my Korean grandmother’s cooking, but now I can try to recreate her essence through your recipes.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 11th, 2014 at 10:49 am | # |

      Good luck with your Korean cooking!

  23. tat4fun Bandung, Indonesia joined 1/14
    Posted February 28th, 2014 at 8:23 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi :)
    Korean drama has influenced me a lot to my appetite. Every time I saw Korean dishes on the show, I ended up searching through your recipe to give it a try.

    I always thinking that making pancake is a lot of work. Until I saw a famous Judoka Choo Sung Hoon made kimchi pancake. And I think, if he can make it, why can’t I? :D

    I’ll try it next week end, after kimchi project this week end :)

  24. LLoya Edinburg, TX joined 1/14
    Posted January 25th, 2014 at 8:04 pm | # |

    Annyeonghaseyo Maangchi! Just wanted to thank you for this wonderful site and all the great recipes. I am positively addicted to your videos. I have a little 5 month old baby boy who also LOVES to watch your videos. Whenever he’s fussy I can just put on some Maangchi and he settles down and smiles as soon as he hears the “Hello Everybody!” at the beginning. We have watched so many videos together! So far i have made my own kimchi and i just made this kimchijeon and both turned out delicious and perfect! Thanks again Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 26th, 2014 at 9:08 am | # |

      haha, so far your 5 moth old baby is my youngest fan!
      “as soon as he hears the “Hello Everybody!” at the beginning.”
      cute cute! : )

  25. jnieferstutz Arizona, USA joined 1/13
    Posted January 17th, 2014 at 12:56 am | # |

    I made the chopped kimchi pancakes for dinner tonight and they were amazing! Easy and unbelievably delicious. Since wheat is not my friend, I used Pamela’s GF Baking & Pancake mix instead of flour. It came out perfect, YUM! I make my own kimchi too – hubby is allergic to fish and I can’t have wheat, so instead of fish sauce I substitute Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and that works great. It is my goal to eat more veggies – which I usually do not like, so I really appreciate all your wonderful recipes. Any recipe of yours has always been very good, and now I have a list of things to make, thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 17th, 2014 at 10:06 am | # |

      Your information about substitutes sounds very interesting and I think some of my readers will also be interested in it. I’m glad to hear that your kimchi pancake turns out great! Happy cooking! : )

  26. yoon26 Philippines joined 12/13
    Posted December 21st, 2013 at 7:57 pm | # |

    i just made a Kimchijeon this morning and it really turns out well, i add tuna on it and use rice flour cause its the only available in my kitchen. The kimchi and tuna really goes well, i really love the taste!! <3 <3 <3 (and ohh my kimchi is just 11 days old but still taste so good) :D

  27. mflor13 USA joined 11/13
    Posted November 12th, 2013 at 6:17 pm | # |

    I dont know why but mine came out salty. I wonder if it because of the kimchi I used? (Bought from the store)

    • jaekoh Los Angeles, CA joined 11/13
      Posted November 13th, 2013 at 3:12 am | # |

      mflor, if you followed the recipe exactly, i would guess that the store-bought kimchi were salty (they are often salty and flavorless).

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted November 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am | # |

        Thank you so much for the answer, jaekoh.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 13th, 2013 at 10:13 am | # |

      Add less chopped kimchi and kimchi juice, then. It will turn out delicious.

  28. ddnorman Southern NH, USA joined 9/13
    Posted October 12th, 2013 at 8:38 pm | # |

    Maangchi…that is 맛있어요!!! And easy even for a kitchen novice like me. I could eat this every night! Oh my…I’m going to have to make some more kimchi! This was one of my favorites at the restaurant! Now I can make it at home! 감사합니다!

  29. Launa4 Visalia, cA joined 9/13
    Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm | # |

    Yum! This melted in my mouth. I seriously don’t know how I lived without kimchi pancakes all my life… let alone kimchi. Thank you for all your recipes! Cooking Korean food at home more often has become my new goal. ^_^

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 26th, 2013 at 2:25 am | # |

      I’m sure you can easily achieve your new goal as long as you love to cook some delicious Korean dishes. cheers!

  30. pastrygirlvi Philippines joined 9/13
    Posted September 6th, 2013 at 2:55 am | # |

    oh wow looks good! i wish i can flip the pancake like you. il try making this soon.

  31. Raine Fort Collins, CO joined 5/13
    Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 3:28 pm | # |

    Maangchi ssi! I am not a cook and I found your website in the process of teaching myself about the wonders of the kitchen. Because of this recipe I can now flip pancakes. I’ve made it SO many times. I recently added some garlic and some soy sauce to the chopped kimchijeon recipe and it is delicious! I love trying your food and learning how to cook. I realized that with my pan and my stove I had to cook the pancakes a little longer on each side. I used to ALWAYS follow recipes exactly.

    Next week a friend and I are going to make a huge batch to split to try some other kimchi based recipies. A local ahjumma made some tasty radish kimchi I might try out as well.

    I’ve also tried the full leaf kimchi. It took me a few attempts to make it less messy, but it ALWAYS tasted good. 감사합니다!!!!

    (PS I LOVE your make-up and your style.)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm | # |

      wow it sounds like you are one of my avid readers! Thank you for letting me know about your Korean cooking experience!
      “I can now flip pancakes” cute~ : )

  32. misspeiqi Singapore joined 2/13
    Posted February 4th, 2013 at 11:39 am | # |

    Today i tried the first kimchijeon recipe and my entire kitchen smelled like a korean restaurant!
    Two problems though: the pancakes kinda disintegrated however cooked they alr were and were not as crispy as i like them to be. How can i improve this?

  33. oksipak California joined 1/11
    Posted January 9th, 2013 at 10:42 pm | # |

    So for 2013, the first Korean Dish I made was Kimchi Pancakes! Delicious! Today is January 9, 2013. Happy New Year everyone! :D

  34. n4rit4 Montclair, NJ joined 11/12
    Posted November 1st, 2012 at 12:22 am | # |

    Annyeong Maangchi!!! I stumbled upon your page while trying to figure out how to store my store-bought kimchi in my fridge so it won’t smell so bad. Anyhoo, I figured that out and I found your recipe for homemade kimchi which I’m always curious of. And now I read your kimchijeon and I will try it definitely first thing in the morning. One big question for you, with your halmeonni’s recipe, since I don’t eat pork, can I subsitute with something else? 구멉습니다!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 1st, 2012 at 9:23 am | # |

      “One big question for you, with your halmeonni’s recipe, since I don’t eat pork, can I subsitute with something else?..”
      How about using ground beef?
      “definitely first thing in the morning..” : ) I think you are really getting into Korean cooking and you started with store-bought kimchi! Soon you will make homemade kimchi.

  35. aloneytx houston joined 1/12
    Posted January 8th, 2012 at 10:35 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    I am a new follower of your website. I absolutely love your site. I recently became enamored with kimchee after watching kimchee chronicles
    I saw there was a bean cake that is made with mung beans and kimchee, but the beans were light colored, I found some that were dark green are they the same? What can I subsitute for mung beans, sorry about the long question, but I really want to make as authentic as possible.

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