Kimchi Pancake from Leftover Kimchi

Kimchi Pancake from Leftover Kimchi
I bought freshly-made kimchi from Aberdeen Centre in Richmond about two weeks ago. Turns out it was too spicy to eat on its own – so I decided to make a simple 4-ingredient kimchi pancake from leftover kimchi, as the flour mixture would help negate the spice.

This can be served as a snack, a side dish, or even as a main. In most Korean restaurants, the best beverage to accompany this dish is a beer (maekju) or fermented wheat wine (makkoli/makgeolli) . I love eating kimchi pancake as it’s savoury and spicy.

If you prefer a non-spicy version, there is also a Korean seafood pancake. Perhaps I will attempt to make that next time.

Kimchi Pancake from Leftover Kimchi
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This is a simple 3-ingredient kimchi pancake from leftover kimchi that you can cook in 15 minutes. Serve it as a side dish, snack, or even as main.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
  • 1 cup of chopped kimchi (spoon out about 3 tablespoons of kimchi juice)
  • 1/4 onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3-1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  1. In a large bowl, mix all listed ingredients together until you get a thick paste.
  2. Heat up a frying pan over medium-high heat and add canola oil.
  3. When the oil is heated, pour in the kimchi-flour batter. Ensure the mixture is spread well thinly and evenly.

  4. Allow pancake to cook for about 3-5 minutes (or until the sides start to seem crispy). Then, flip the kimchi pancake over.

  5. Lower the heat. Allow kimchi pancake to cook for another 3-5 minutes.

  6. If you prefer a crispier pancake, flip it over one more time and allow the pancake to cook for 10-20 seconds before transferring it to a serving plate. Slice the pancake like a pizza (into triangles) and serve hot.


Jesslyn is an experimental individual who loves to get hands-on for anything she’s passionate about. She's a marketer and web developer by day. She’s also an animal lover and coffee aficionado.

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