Kimchi Pancakes


This kimchi pancake recipe is a mesmerizing and delicious savory dish. Michele and I recently discovered these incredibly tasty — and visually thrilling — pancakes at a local bar. I loved their taste and texture, but what really got my attention was the dancing bonito flakes on top. Feel free to toss leftover meat and vegetables in with the kimchi. These pancakes are great topped with spicy mayo and served with eggs or grilled meat.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 appetizer-sized pancakes


  • 1 (12 ounce) jar kimchi

  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 tablespoons bonito flakes (Optional)


  1. Drain kimchi thoroughly through a sieve, reserving juice. Chop kimchi finely and set aside.

  2. Whisk together egg, water, 3 tablespoons reserved kimchi juice, brown sugar, salt, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Mix in kimchi and green onions. Stir in flour until just combined.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a few spoonfuls of batter to the skillet. Cook pancake in hot oil until edges are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer pancake to a serving plate and repeat with remaining batter.

  4. Sprinkle bonito flakes on top of pancakes to serve.

Chef's Notes:

If you prefer a thicker kimchi pancake, use less liquid or more flour so the batter isn't as runny. I enjoy a thinner pancake that's crispy around the edges but still moist and tender inside.

You can make the batter ahead of time; refrigerate until ready to use.

You can find bonito flakes at an Asian market or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
6g Fat
24g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 871mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 47mg 236%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* 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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