Scallion pancakes are a popular dish in China, and available from restaurants and street vendors. There are many different regional variations. My version is Shanghai-style and is my grandmother's recipe. These can be frozen after step 3, and thawed and finished cooking when ready to eat.

Mei

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix flour and 1 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl; pour in boiling water and quickly mix together until water is absorbed. Work cold water, about 1 tablespoon at a time, into flour mixture just until dough forms. Knead dough for 10 minutes. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let dough rest for 40 minutes.

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  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface; divide into 4 equal pieces.

  • Roll 1 piece of dough into a large thin round; brush the top with vegetable oil and sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 the green onions. Pick up 1 end of the round and roll dough around green onions into a long scroll-shape. Take 1 scroll end and roll dough into a disk. Repeat with remaining dough, letting each disk rest for 10 minutes.

  • Heat about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Place 1 disk on a floured surface and roll into a 1/2-inch thick round; cook in the hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining disks.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 51.8g 17% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 1756.6mg 70% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2013
I made these scallions pancakes the other day. My kids and wife loved them...I thought they were good but not excellent. This was my first time making scallion pancakes so that may have been a contributing factor. We order them from our local take-out places all the time and they are usually a little bit more flaky from them (although not always perfect from them either): mine was a bit dense/doughy. I have to admit I forgot to brush the oil on the pancakes before rolling them so that may have contributed to the problem. We used plain soy cause as the dipping sauce but a sauce more like one used for dumplings would be more appropriate. I would definitely make these again and would recommend this recipe. If I can get them a bit more flaky and if the original author would add dipping sauce recipe I would give this 5 stars/ Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2015
i tried this recipe. I found the dough heavy and hard to work I would like to know what consistency of the dough should be? Mine was a bread dough... Found it hard to get it stretches out bug and thin. I followed the recipe. I did use bread flour. Perhaps it was too heavy. Read More
(3)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2013
I have not tried the recipe but reading it I noticed that the salt was off. 1 tablespoon of salt equals 3 teaspoons. Reading further in the recipe it states to use 1 teaspoon first and then a 1/2 teaspoon later. So recipe should read 1 1/2 teaspoon divided, that would correct the sodium numbers, literally cutting it in half. In saying this I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks for posting it. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2013
I made these scallions pancakes the other day. My kids and wife loved them...I thought they were good but not excellent. This was my first time making scallion pancakes so that may have been a contributing factor. We order them from our local take-out places all the time and they are usually a little bit more flaky from them (although not always perfect from them either): mine was a bit dense/doughy. I have to admit I forgot to brush the oil on the pancakes before rolling them so that may have contributed to the problem. We used plain soy cause as the dipping sauce but a sauce more like one used for dumplings would be more appropriate. I would definitely make these again and would recommend this recipe. If I can get them a bit more flaky and if the original author would add dipping sauce recipe I would give this 5 stars/ Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2014
I'm making these as I'm writing. Very simple recipe to to follow. I allowed the dough to rest for a good hour before rolling it out again. I also added a little sesame oil to the canola oil that I brushed the dough with. I made a dipping sauce which consists of soy sauce rice-wine vinegar toasted sesame oil garlic powder and honey and sugar to taste. Topped with a few scallions it's an easy accompaniment to this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2014
I liked this recipe though I felt the pancakes were a wee bit heavy/doughy. I followed the recipe almost exactly as written--only differences were I let the dough rest for about 60 minutes (needed extra time to finish mincing the scallions) and I used less salt. This recipe calls for WAY too much salt--1/2 tsp per pancake would be excessive IMO! I just sprinkled a pinch on each one before rolling. I wasn't entirely sure what was meant by rolling the scroll into a "disk"--I think I did it right but that description makes me wonder. Served them with Trader Joe's Gyozo Dipping Sauce and homemade egg drop soup. This was my first time making scallion pancakes so perhaps I'll try a couple other recipes and see which I like the best. Thanks! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2015
i tried this recipe. I found the dough heavy and hard to work I would like to know what consistency of the dough should be? Mine was a bread dough... Found it hard to get it stretches out bug and thin. I followed the recipe. I did use bread flour. Perhaps it was too heavy. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2014
I really liked these pancakes. They came out very well! Next time I would like to try a blend of sesame oil and vegetable oil to brush them with. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2014
Made the pancakes tonight and they came out pretty good except that they were too salty even though I cut the salt back to 1 1/2 tsp. My husband liked it as well.We would both like to see a good dipping sauce recipe along with it. Thanks!I would make it again..it was as good as any restaurant pancake. Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
10/08/2019
These were really dry Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2018
Once you form the scroll/rope into a disc roll it out to no more than 1/4" thick then fry it. The flavor is fine. Read More