Chinese Scallion Pancakes


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon salt, divided

  • ¾ cup boiling water

  • ½ cup cold water, or as needed

  • vegetable oil, or as needed, divided

  • 1 bunch green onions (scallions), minced


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

366 Calories
14g Fat
52g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 366
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 1757mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 223mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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