Simple potato pancake

Gamjajeon 감자전

Today I’m going to show you an easy way to make a delicious potato pancake, called gamjajeon (감자전) in Korean. I posted a recipe and video showing how to make traditional gamjajeon years ago, but this version uses a few shortcuts and is much simpler. In the traditional way, we grate the potatoes, then drain and capture the starch to use in the pancake mixture to make it thick. In this simpler version, we add potato starch powder directly, and we use the whole potato.

When you feel like a snack, you can whip this up in minutes. The inside is chewy and soft, and the outside is a little crispy and crunchy like a french fry. The grated onion totally makes it: onion and potato is a good combination! If your children come home from school hungry, this is a perfect snack before dinner. If you have a potato, just grate and make and serve with a glass of milk!


It’s also much better with the sauce, which is optional, but I highly recommend it.

This is the last in my series of videos filmed in Montauk, after my fried flatfish recipe and my scallops doenjang-jjigae recipe. I was planning on filming this one on the beach, but it was too windy down there, so I filmed it on the deck at sunset. I really enjoyed my time in Montauk, some day I’ll go again.

Enjoy the recipe! Everybody can cook this! If you have a potato at home, time to make a pancake!


(2 servings)

grate potato

  • 1 large potato (8 ounces), peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • ¼ cup grape seed oil (or vegetable oil)


For dipping sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (or vinegar)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  1. To make the dipping sauce, combine soy sauce, lime juice, green onion, onion, jalapeno pepper, and sugar in a small bowl and mix it together until the sugar is melted. Set aside.potato pancake sauce
  2. Put the grated potato and onion in a bowl. Add salt, potato starch and mix it together.potato pancake batter
  3. Heat up a 9 to 12 inch nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons grape seed oil and swirl the pan around to coat it evenly. Add the potato mixture and spread it thinly on the pan.gamjajeon mix
  5. Cook a few minutes until the bottom of the pancake turns crispy and a light golden brown.gamjajeon in the pan
  6. Turn it over with a spatula or flip it. Add the rest of the grape seed oil to the edge of the pancake. Shake the pan and tilt it so that oil spreads underneath the pancake. Let it cook until the bottom of the pancake turns golden brown.
  7. Keep turning it over and cooking until both sides are crispy and light golden brown, usually about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Transfer it to a plate and serve hot with the sauce.gamjajeon



  1. bingsuy AB joined 7/17
    Posted July 30th, 2017 at 9:25 pm | # |

    can I use flour instead of starch, as I have neither?

  2. jessa_qia philippines joined 2/17
    Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 8:30 am | # |

    I choose this as our food project in school. My professor ask us if it has a demand? And who is our target market? And what is the good benefits of potato pancake? And just in case that we sell potato pancakes, what is our market place? Can u help me?

  3. ihearfood Gentry Arkansas joined 1/17
    Posted January 19th, 2017 at 11:13 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    I’ve been so obsessed with your website since I found it a couple years ago. I have watched your videos countless times and every time my mouth watering uncontrollably. It wasn’t till this year that I finally mustered up the courage to finally try one of your recipes (also I just moved to a town where there aren’t any Korean restaurants lol) and I can I just say it did not disappoint! I have always been a fan of asian food but you’re recipes have opened up a whole new world for me. The more I try your recipes the more I understand the mechanics of Korean cooking and it’s so beautiful! I am Mexican but now I think somewhere down the line I have Korean in me ;) I cook Korean food so much that I think my 1 year old is confused as to what her own ethnic food is. She eats everything from soybean paste soup to kimchi and everything in between. Today I spent most of the day in bed not feeling well but not so much that I couldn’t get myself out of bed to make this ;) and it was so worth it! It was like a party in my mouth. Thank you so much for what you do, you have changed how I eat and share food with others!

    Instead of my mouth watering when watching your video, I just get up and make it.
    Also I’m a huge fan and would like to meet you someday!

  4. Yangchen India joined 11/16
    Posted November 25th, 2016 at 5:05 am | # |

    I saw the recipe just few minutes ago and I tried that recipe, it really tastes good.

  5. Jeffery Ohio, USA joined 11/16
    Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 6:17 pm | # |

    Much different than the potato pancakes I am used to, but I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the crispy crust with the soft chewy inside.

  6. LoganS Colorado, USA joined 10/16
    Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 11:44 am | # |

    I loved this! At first I was skeptical about a potato pancake with a soy based sauce with raw onion, but it was perfect. I didn’t have potato starch on hand but corn starch seemed to work well.

  7. Nicole Chua Malaysia joined 11/16
    Posted November 18th, 2016 at 4:58 am | # |

    Can I replace potato starch with tapioca startch??

  8. drum_addict Newquay, Cornwall, UK joined 11/16
    Posted November 17th, 2016 at 12:58 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    First of all I really love your recipes so thank you so much for the time and effort you put into making them. I try to use them as much as I can :D
    I made this yesterday with cold cucumber soup for dinner. I had to use corn starch though since I couldn’t find potato starch easily near where I live. It’s really yummy. It’s also really quick which is helpful since I am a student.
    I can’t wait to try more recipes.


  9. Flashtheturtle Texas joined 11/16
    Posted November 16th, 2016 at 6:06 pm | # |

    Maangchi! Would I be able to use corn starch instead? Thank you

  10. titustea Singapore joined 11/16
    Posted November 16th, 2016 at 5:00 pm | # |

    Soso yummy! Potatoes really are a gift from heaven :)

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