Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Gluten Free Kimchi Pancakes

The inspiration for this recipe come from your hairdresser and friend Jilly, while she was colouring my hair a few weeks ago we were discussing dinner options and she told me that she regularly makes kimchi pancakes and adds whatever vegies inside and they are super easy to make. Sometimes inspiration comes form unusual places and situations. This was made last night when we had run out of vegies so I kept it simple but it was still delicious.

I got some vegetarian kimchi from the korean supermarket opposite the victoria market on elizabeth street since my lost asian supermarket only stocked non veg kimchi. It's huge but I wanted to make a few things with it!

Kimchi Pancakes - Kimchijeon from maagnchi. She has a video too!

1 cup of chopped kimchi
3 tbs of kimchi juice (I used about 1 and half)
2 tbs chopped onion ( I skipped this)
½ ts salt
½ ts sugar
½ cup flour (all purpose flour) (I used brown rice flour to make it gluten free)
¼ cup of water

  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl
  2. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium high heat and drizzle about 2 tbs 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 1-1 ½ minutes until the bottom gets golden brown and crispy.
  5. Turn it over with a spatula or flip it.
  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.


Mine kind of fell apart a little when I tried to flip it which just meant that I didn't need to cut it. I served it with mayo and fried onions. I would love some spring onions on it though like maanghci did. Next time I might also use a little less kimchi as it was slightly too spicy for Toby and more veggies, am thinking shredded carrots, zuhhini etc. I really can't believe how easy it is though!

My next post is korean inspired too, just need some korean desserts to keep with this weeks theme, any suggestions?


  1. I've been intrigued by kimchi for years, because when I was a kid my dad always talked about how much he loved it but that my mum forbade it in the house because it stank. I expect there was a bit of exaggeration in the story-telling, but instead of grossing me out it made me want to try the stuff. Only, I can never find vegan ones in Townsville. I will keep looking!

  2. these look so savory and delicious! i have some kimchi in my fridge that i have been meaning to use up and this is such a great idea! yummmm.

  3. I Looove kimchi and these look so simple and good!

  4. Your pancakes look delicious! I drooled over some kimchi pancakes during MoFo but don't think I bookmarked them. Problem solved, I'll have to give yours a try! :D I recently made some kimchi for recipe testing and it was really good.

  5. I love kimchi, I often have a jar sitting in my fridge. Love them in pancakes too!

  6. never have had kimchi - have seen recipes occasionally but never thought of buying it (as am unlikely to make it) - pancakes look great

  7. I had no idea kimchi wasn't vegan! How stupid. Guess one could always try making this with kosher pickles instead :P

  8. Theresa, it does kind of have a bad smell

    Mel, I bet it would be even better with homemade kimchi.

    Johanna, its quite nice, you should try it.

    Hannah, yes unfortunately sometimes put fish and other animal products in it.

  9. I've never had kimchi but these pancakes look good and a great way to enjoy a yummy but quick meal for dinner.

  10. These look really delicious. I'm always looking for easy pancakes to make. I've never made anything with kimchi before. I love experimenting with food though. I'll try it. Thanks for sharing :)