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A List of Korean Savory Pancakes


Jun (or jeon, chon) are pancake-like Korean dishes. They can be made from almost anything- meat, seafood, vegetables, and kimchi, and they are either coated with an egg, flour, or combination batter before they are pan-fried. There are even sweet dessert or snack versions of jun.

Jun can be side dishes, big snacks, main dishes, desserts, or anju (drinking snacks).

1. Pan-Fried Zucchini (Hobak Jun)

Hobak Jun
Naomi Imatome
A delicious and healthy Korean side dish, Hobak Jun (or Jeon) is easy to prepare and goes well with almost every Korean meal. The zucchini is coated in a thin batter of flour and egg, sauteed on both sides, and served with soy sauce for dipping.

2. Scallion Pancake (Pa Jun)

Korean Scallion Pancake (Pa Jun)
Naomi Imatome
This Korean scallion pancake recipe is easy to make and is always a big crowd-pleaser. It works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish to a Korean or Asian meal. As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes. If I have time, I like to add sliced red chili peppers and white onions to my Pa Jun. Carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and kimchi are also popular fillings for Korean scallion pancakes.

3. Korean Tofu and Meat Patties (Wanja Jun)

Korean Beef and Tofu Patties (Wanja Jun)
Naomi Imatome
These Korean mini "hamburger" patties have many names in both Korean and English- you can call them meat fritters, kogi jun, beef patties, dhon jeon, and the list goes on. Whatever you call them, Wanja jun look deceptively simple; the well-seasoned meat, tofu, and vegetable patties are bursting with flavor.

4. Pan-Fried Fish (Saeng Sun Jun)

I usually like to make this with fresh flounder or cod but almost any white fish works well in this recipe. The best option is a fresh fish with delicate white flesh like flounder, cod, pollack, sea perch, halibut, orange roughy, and yellow croaker but even frozen fish tastes good cooked this way. The thin coating of egg and flour make it easy to eat and prepare. Good with spicy dipping sauces or just soy sauce, kids and even meat-eaters love this sauteed fish.

5. Kimchi Jun (Kimchi Pancake)

Korean Kimchi Pancake (Kimchee Jun)
Naomi Imatome
This kimchi pancake recipe is a great use of leftover kimchi and is very easy to make. Kimchi Jun works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish to a Korean or Asian meal. As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes with the addition of other vegetables, meat, or seafood. If you are going to be using the ready-made batter available at Korean and other Asian groceries, see the bottom note for directions.

6. Tuna Croquettes (Chamchi Jun)

Canned tuna fish is popular in Korea for the same reasons it is popular in many other parts of the world: it's convenient, tasty and a good source of healthy protein. These tuna croquettes (or tuna pancakes or patties) are delicious when eaten hot, but they are also a popular snack or lunchbox food and can be eaten room temperature.
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