Mushroom & Shrimp Pancakes (Pajeon)

Mushroom & Shrimp Pancakes (Pajeon)

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2017

Pajeon, a crispy, savory pancake chock-full of healthy vegetables and seafood, is one of the most popular Korean dishes. Serve with a dipping sauce: Combine ¼ cup reduced-sodium tamari, 1½ Tbsp. rice vinegar and 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil with a pinch of toasted sesame seeds, gochugaru (see Tips) and sliced scallions.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • 6 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons doenjang (see Tips)
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups cold water
  • 5 large oyster mushrooms, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces raw shrimp (about 4 large), peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 red Korean chiles (see Tips) or Fresno chiles, julienned
  • 1 green Korean chile or jalapeño, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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  1. Whisk rice flour, self-rising flour, doenjang, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add water and whisk until smooth. Stir in mushrooms, scallions, shrimp, garlic and red and green chiles.
  2. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Spoon one-fourth of the batter (about ⅔ cup) into the hot oil. Spread evenly to make a 6-inch pancake. Cook until golden brown and crispy, 1 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter in three more batches.
  3. Cut the pancakes into wedges. Serve warm with the dipping sauce (see headnote), if desired.
  • Tips: Gochugaru is ground dried Korean chiles.
  • Doenjang is a flavorful paste that, like miso, is made from fermented soybeans.
  • Fresh Korean chiles can be green or red. Related to Thai chiles, they are medium-spicy.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 pancake
  • Per serving: 319 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 47 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 120 mcg folate; 40 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 315 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 94 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 502 mg sodium; 950 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (30% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 2½ veg, ½ lean meat, 1½ fat

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