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Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon

Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon

Savoury pancakes anyone? When we thought we had one too many pancake recipes in the book we found out these Korean Potato Pancakes, Gamjajeon. And now we are able to drag the pancake glory into lunch and dinner! 

These super easy Korean pancakes are a quick dinner or lunch option. We need three simple and really affordable ingredients, potatoes, onions, and nori flakes. And just a few other things for the dipping sauce we are preparing to make everything extra yummy.

When I first tried this recipe I was so impressed that these pancakes are made from simply potatoes. Sometimes grated, sometimes pureed but just potatoes. You will find some recipes that add scallions or chives, even carrots. But they are usually pretty basic.

Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon ingredients

I use a food processor to grind the potatoes but you can use a shredder if you don't have a processor.  Then, we simply make the patties and then fry them. So, If you are a beginner in the kitchen or if you are looking for recipes that kids can help with, these easy Korean pancakes are for you.

It's really that easy! There are a few things to consider though. First of all, make sure that after you've grated the potatoes you take as much water out as possible. My kids love to squeeze the potatoes with their cute little hands, they think it is so much fun. And then they help me make the patties/pancakes.

Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon mix vegan

Once you have the pancakes ready it is time to fry them. For this step, I suggest you fry them on medium to low heat. Otherwise, we risk burning them on the outside while they remain raw on the inside. Not good, so low heat and a bit of patience will make the perfect vegan Korean pancakes. 

For this easy Korean pancake recipe, I also added nori flakes. I wanted to have a bit more flavour and nori flakes are a super-easy way to do so. And, with all honesty, this was my attempt to add some extra nutrients to the recipe. Fried skinned potatoes are not the healthiest thing you can eat but nori is an excellent source of nutrients. So there's a bit of balance there. 

Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon top down single

We are also making an incredibly delicious sweet Korean dipping sauce. It is super easy to make and it perfectly complements the taste of potatoes and nori flakes combined. It's slightly sweet, it has a little bit of a spicy kick that you can adjust to make it more interesting. But most importantly it has all the Korean flavours we love. 

At home, we all love these vegan Korean pancakes so much. And I have this recipe as a backup plan for whenever I drop the ball planning for dinner or lunch. Or when we need a quick meal that's both delicious and super easy to make. I'm sure that you and your family will absolutely love this dish as much as we do! 

Korean Potato Pancake Gamjajeon landscape

Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4


For the korean potato pancake

  • 4 lbs mealy potato (peeled)
  • 4 tbsps nori flakes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onion (peeled)
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the sweet korean dipping sauce

  • ½ tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds


  1. Add the raw potatoes to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the puree to a strainer and put it over a bowl, wait for 5 minutes until the excess water comes out.
  3. Also blend the onion and mix it with the potato puree together with the nori flakes and salt.
  4. Pour away the water from the bowl and add any potato puree that is left at the bottom to the mixture.
  5. Heat up some oil and scoop in some of the pancake mix, fry them on medium heat until one side is done, then flip them.
  6. Serve the pancakes with some sweet Korean dipping sauce, enjoy!

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