Quick and Easy Kimchi Pancakes are a vegetarian, but not vegan, pancake or fritter. Kimchi is mixed with a batter and lightly fried for snacks or a light meal. Think along the lines of a vegetarian zucchini fritter but with more flavor and zest!

Kimchi Pancakes

We don’t have a lot of variety in my hometown for interesting dining choices. In fact, it’s basically pizza or diner-style food. We have one Thai restaurant that a lot of people enjoy. And an obligatory Mexican place. There’s nothing wrong with any of them, except I’ve been there done that.

The next town over has a few more choices such as Sushi, Japanese, and a new Korean place. We got the chance to stop into the Korean restaurant a few months back.

We asked what was popular and the waitress was very helpful. The waitress pointed out a couple of dishes and one of them was the Kimche Pancake. We ordered it because it sounded interesting and we love fermented foods.

A Zesty Vegetarian Fritter

The kind of spicy, tasty, want to eat it all, food that makes it hard to be polite when sharing with your husband. Yeah, that kind of good.

I knew I had to make it at home because it was pretty spendy at about 12 bucks for one plate-sized pancake. Well worth it but not if we were taking teen boys. And I knew they would like it just as much as we did.

kimchi pancake recipe

Quick and Easy Kimchi Pancakes

I’ve been fooling around with making quick and easy kimchi pancakes since we went out for dinner. I’ve gone through a couple of iterations of this recipe and I think this is the best rendition of it. Small and perfect for dipping these are sp fun to make and eat.

a good vegetarian kimchi pancake dipped in sauce for an easy vegetarian meal

What to serve with Kimchi Pancakes?

Serve them with a little salad, or as a starter to a bigger Korean meal. Or ANY meal really! I like to make them for weekend lunches when everyone is kind of waiting around for a meal, and no one wants to make anything. When I make them on the weekend they are the WHOLE meal.

How to make GOOD Kimchi Pancakes

The thing about a GOOD Kimchi pancake is that it all depends on the Kimchi so be sure you get something you enjoy. The kimchi carries the flavor, it’s the main flavor of the pancake. Do not buy second rate kimchi for these pancakes and then end up surprised that you don’t care for them.

That being said make sure you DO like the kimchi beforehand. Don’t buy something that you wouldn’t eat and expect a pancake made from it to be something you’ll like. Once I picked up this spicy version of Wild Brine and it was just too spicy for everyone to enjoy.

And yet another time the kimchi had a fishy taste that was just so-so. Really do your research, read the labels, and know what you like. You may have to try 2-3 before you find one you like. It’s worth it though.

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Kimchi Pancakes are Vegetarian Fritters

This recipe for kimchi pancakes is an easy vegetarian meal, so that makes them kind of perfect for us as we transition to a more plant-based diet. So if you’re looking for something tasty to fill you up these little fritter style cakes are it. They are NOT vegan, because the batter has egg in it.

Need more vegetarian meal ideas? Try this Crockpot Vegetarian Chili it’s got a surprise ingredient you won’t be expecting find!

kimchi pancake batter

The batter for these is really thick too. A cookie scoop works well to scoop and drop these on a hot griddle. Or you can use tongs and just pinch some up and plop it down. There’s no wrong way, just don’t make them too big.

Mini Kimchi Pancakes (fritters)

Why did I make them small mini pancakes instead of one giant-sized pancake?? KIDS! It’s easier to make a bunch of mini size fritters and feed a bunch of people all at once. Obviously you can make them any size you like, just increase the cooking time. and be sure to pat them out to make them cook through and easy to turn over.

kimchi pancake ingredients

Kimchi is Fermented Cabbage and Vegetables

And it’s so good for you! But once you cook it all the fermented goodness is cooked out of it. So before you toss all of your kimchi into the batter grab a bite!

The restaurant we went to was selling the kimchi that they fermented in-house, I didn’t buy it but I should have! I need to go grab a jar of it. I haven’t found any I like as much as I liked that!

kimchi chopped
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Kimchi Pancakes

Kimchi Pancakes

Yield: 24 small pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP Kimchi Brine
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups kimchi
  • 2 TBSP chopped white onion
  • oil for light frying

dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 rice wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. whisk the eggs, water, soy sauce, and kimchi brine
  2. add the flour, and whisk again, it will be thick
  3. roughly chop the kimchi and add it to the bowl
  4. add the chopped onion
  5. stir together with a spatula or spoon
  6. put a griddle on to heat at medium, I used a stovetop you can use an electric griddle or a large frying pan
  7. add a little oil to the griddle and let it heat up
  8. drop the batter by small scoops on the hot griddle, make the pancakes roughly 2 inches across, cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked through
  9. you can make the pancakes as big or small as you like, just adjust the cooking time
  10. while the pancakes cook stir together the sauce ingredients
  11. serve the pancakes hot as they come off the griddle
  12. serve the sauce in a pitcher and set out little bowls for people to dip in
  13. keep cooking until the batter is gone and everyone is happy

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