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Korean Pancakes with Spinach
and kimchi cauliflower

Active: 50 min Total: 50 min
This is the first time we've included Korean scallion pancakes (Pajeon) in a meal plan, but it's long been a favorite dish for the Cook Smarts team. Over the years we've also had a number of members request this savory, vegetable-packed meal.
Smarts: Pajeon are thin and should be cooked at a fairly high temperature so that the batter gets golden and crisps around the edges. If you have a griddle, use it so that the batter has room to spread.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Kimchi Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas:
  • Cauliflower - 1 lb, chopped
  • Kimchi - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Savory and Spicy Dipping Sauce:
  • Gochujang - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
Korean Pancake with Spinach and Green Onions:
  • Green onions - 6, chopped into 2" / 5 cm lengths, green and white parts combined
  • Eggs - 1
  • Water, cold - 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 cup
  • Cornstarch - 3 Tbsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp, plus more for cooking pancakes
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz

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Prep

  1. Make dipping sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Whisk together Gochujang, soy sauce, vinegar, and toasted sesame oil. Taste and add more Gochujang if you’d like it spicier. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cauliflower / Kimchi - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Green onions - Chop into 2" / 5 cm lengths.
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C.
  2. On a sheet pan, toss cauliflower with oil (portion for cauliflower), chopped kimchi, and some salt and pepper. Roast cauliflower, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Once cauliflower is in the oven, make pancake batter by whisking eggs with first portion of water. Add flour, cornstarch, sesame seeds, salt, and sugar and whisk until smooth. Add second portion of water a little at a time until the batter is thin and pours easily (you may not need all of the second portion of water). Set batter aside.
  4. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil (portion for pancakes) and then spinach. Saute until spinach wilts and all moisture has cooked off, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with some salt. Set cooked spinach aside.
  5. Add a thin layer of oil to the griddle. Scatter about 1/8 of the green onions over the oil, then 1/8 of the cooked spinach, and then pour 1/8 of the pancake batter over top. The batter will spread out but you can cook several pancakes at a time if there is room. (Note: This is for 4 servings; adjust if customizing, making about 2 pancakes / serving.)
  6. Cook pancakes on one side until the bottom is crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Use a spatula to flip and cook on the other side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Continue with remaining green onions, spinach, and batter, until all of the pancakes have been cooked.
  7. When cauliflower is nearly finished cooking, gently stir in beans and return the pan to the oven. Cook until beans are warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  8. Slice pancakes into wedges and divide between serving plates.
  9. Serve pancakes with dipping sauce. Enjoy with cauliflower and chickpeas on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (47)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (8)

Most Helpful

we ended up really liking these but was a bit frustrated by the directions and the ratios. I feel more oil was needed than described and maybe we did something wrong but feel i needed double the batter that the recipe made for the amount of scallions we had. really liked the flavors but was frustrated throughout making it.

By: Laura
Posted: Sep 21, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
2 Helpful

44 reviews

All of this was super tasty! We’d add even more kimchi to the cauliflower next time. The pancakes were great - we’re thinking it’s a great base we could use with other veggies sometimes.

By: Margaret
Posted: Aug 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was rad. I am going to make it again

By: Jessica
Posted: Dec 18, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Wow, that was great!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Nov 07, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Love the meal!! Perfection!!

By: Kristine
Posted: Nov 06, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

We found it a little tricky to make the pancakes look good, but they tasted great. I would put the dipping sauce on everything though!

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 23, 2020
Diet: Original
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5 stars PLUS. What are you?! looking at this you would want to skip..... PLEASE DONT! These are a great mix of flavors in such a unique way of cooking them. I am so glad I tried this recipe. The sauce was the star of the show. More like these, please!

By: justen
Posted: Oct 23, 2020
Diet: Original
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