Mushroom & Shrimp Pancakes (Pajeon)

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 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari, 1 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar and 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil with a pinch of toasted sesame seeds, gochugaru (see Tips) and sliced scallions.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup rice flour

  • 6 tablespoons self-rising flour

  • 2 tablespoons doenjang (see Tips)

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ¼ cups cold water

  • 5 large oyster mushrooms, chopped into 1/4-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


  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 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Spoon one-fourth of the batter (about 2/3 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 Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
9g Fat
48g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 31%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Vitamin A 315IU 6%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Folate 121mcg 30%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 60mg 14%
Potassium 950mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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