Home » Korean Side Dishes (Banchan) » Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon)

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon)

Learn how to make Korean potato pancakes. It’s a perfect rainy day snack!
Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) | MyKoreanKitchen.com

It’s been a very hot sizzling summer season this year. I’ve been wishing for decent heavy rain, and my wish was granted late last week.

But perhaps I should have specified how much rain and how long I wanted it for. It’s been miserably raining with the strong wind constantly blowing for around 5 days in a row and now I am wishing for the sunny blue sky again. Will you please come back soon?

Blowing tree branches and constant rain drops woke me up this morning. As soon as I opened my eyes, I knew I had to have some pancakes.

But what do I have in my fridge and pantry that doesn’t need me to go out to fetch fancy ingredients? I had two potatoes, some onions and green chillies on hand. Then it was easily determined that I am going to make some Gamja Jeon: 감자전 (Korean potato pancakes).

Do you have any food you crave on a rainy day? What’s your craving food?

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) with Korean Pancake Sauce | MyKoreanKitchen.com

In Korea, we have this myth that you should have pancakes on a rainy day. I know, it may sound crazy! 🙂

Below are  a few theories about it. 

  • When a pancake is cooked in a pan, it makes a sizzling noise. Apparently, people associate this sizzling noise with the sound of rain drops. Do you?
  • When we don’t get to see the sun (like on a rainy day) the melatonin level increases in our body, and it makes us feel a bit depressed. So our body wants us to increase the sugar level by eating some carbohydrates, and Koreans happened to choose pancakes. Probably that’s because our mum made pancakes for us on a rainy day and our brain remembers this!

Whatever your reasons might be, these Korean potato pancakes are crispy and delicious! I hope you give them a try soon. 🙂

P.S. Check out more fabulous Korean rainy day foods from here!

Ingredients for Korean Potato Pancakes (1 to 2 serving)

(Below ingredients will give you about 6 small to medium sized pancakes)

Korean Potato Pancakes ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes (260g / 9 ounces), peeled
  • 1/2 medium onion (60g / 2 ounces), peeled
  • (optional) 1 green chilli, seeded and thinly sliced (I know my photo shows two, but one is enough.)
  • A few sprinkles fine sea salt
  • Some cooking oil (I used rice bran oil)
  • Homemade Korean pancake sauce

How to Make Korean Potato Pancakes

1. Blend the potato in a mixer or food processor.

Blended potatoes

2. Strain the water from the pureed potato by letting it sit on a bowl for about 5 mins.

Draining water from potato

3. Blend the onion in a mixer or food processor.

4. Mix the pureed potato and onion in a bowl. Add some salt.

Potato & Onion mixture

 5. Empty the water in the bowl (from step 2)  and add any residue potato from the bottom of the bowl into the potato and onion mixture above (from step 4). Stir it well. (Some say, the reason for this step is to make the potato mixture crispier by adding the starch, but for me the main reason is to increase the potato mixture volume. More volume, more pancakes :))

Drained water

6. Heat the pan on high heat and add some oil.

Oil in a pan

7. Once the pan is heated, scoop out the potato mixture and place it onto the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-high.

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) in a pan 1

8. (optional step) Once one side of the pancake is about 70-80% cooked, garnish with the chilli.

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) in a pan 2

9. When one side of the pancake is completely cooked, turn it over. Lightly press it with a spatula to flatten a bit.

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) in a pan 3

10. When the other side of the pancake is completely cooked, turn it over again to see whether it is cooked through. Also, if you prefer crispy golden pancakes, cooking them both sides twice is not a bad idea as long as you don’t burn them.

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) in a pan 4

11. Serve warm with some Korean pancake sauce.How to Make korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) | MyKoreanKitchen.com


Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon: 감자전)

How to make crispy Korean potato pancakes
4.86 from 7 votes
Print Pin Rate Save
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: pancake, potato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes (260 g / 9 ounces), peeled
  • 1/2 medium onion (60 g / 2 ounces), peeled
  • 1 green chilli (optional), seeded and thinly sliced
  • A few sprinkles fine sea salt
  • Some cooking oil , I used rice bran oil

Instructions

  • Blend the potato in a mixer or food processor.
  • Strain the water from the pureed potato by letting it sit on a bowl for about 5 mins.
  • Blend the onion in a mixer or food processor.
  • Mix the pureed potato and onion in a bowl. Add some salt.
  • Empty the water in the bowl (from step 2) and add any residue potato from the bottom of the bowl into the potato and onion mixture above (from step 4). Stir it well. (Some say, the reason for this step is to make the potato mixture crispier by adding the starch, but for me the main reason is to increase the potato mixture volume. More volume, more pancakes :))
  • Heat the pan on high heat and add some oil.
  • Once the pan is heated, scoop out the potato mixture and place it onto the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-high.
  • (Optional step) Once one side of the pancake is about 70-80% cooked, garnish with the chilli.
  • When one side of the pancake is completely cooked, turn it over. Lightly press it with a spatula to flatten a bit.
  • When the other side of the pancake is completely cooked, turn it over again to see whether it is cooked through. Also, if you prefer crispy golden pancakes, cooking them both sides twice is not a bad idea as long as you don’t burn them.
  •  Serve warm with some Korean pancake sauce.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 919mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 6.9mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Tried this recipe?I love hearing how you went with my recipes! Rate this recipe with a comment below and tag me on Instagram @MyKoreanKitchen.
20.6K Shares

Written by: Sue

Last Updated:

Photo of author
Welcome to my Korean kitchen! I’m so happy that you're here. I am Sue, the creator behind My Korean Kitchen (since 2006). I love good food and simplifying recipes. Here you will find my best and family approved recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers! Get the latest recipes from My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!

I will only send you emails related to My Korean Kitchen. Unsubscribe at any time.

Copyright: Unless otherwise noted, all photography and content on this site is the intellectual property of Sue Pressey of My Korean Kitchen. Please do not copy and/or paste full recipes and images to any social media channels or websites without my prior written consent. This is strictly prohibited. You may however, use a single image and a summary of my article in your own words, provided that proper attribution is given to myself and an appropriate link back to my original recipe. Thank you.

Disclosure: My Korean Kitchen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
Rate This Recipe With Your Comment




33 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers!

Get the latest recipes from My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!

Connect

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers! Get the latest recipes from

My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!