Korean Chive Pancake (Buchujeon)

Korean Chive Pancake (Buchujeon) uses Garlic Chives and is one of those foods that may seem like there is not much difference between different recipes but just like how there can be big difference in taste and texture between a plain ol’ breakfast pancake that you get from McDonalds and pancakes that you get from a famous breakfast diner, you can actually have an amazingly good chive pancakes and oh, so-so Buchujeon that you get from any old Korean restaurant.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, bbq side dish, buchu, quick
KoreanCategory Jeon (전)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 people
Calories 54kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 7 oz (200g) Korean or Chinese chives – makes about 5 cups
  • 1 1/2 Cup flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tbs water
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (Trader Joe's) (fine sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Clean chives and cut into 2 inch long pieces.
  • Make batter by mixing flour, water, egg, salt and sugar. Whisk well until batter is smooth.
  • In a mixing bowl, add chives and then pour batter but do it in gradual amounts to make sure you don’t have too much batter.
  • Heat frying pan on medium high heat. Add 2 tsp of vegetable oil for a 10 inch pan.
  • When oil moves around freely like water, when swirled, pour chive pancake mixture and spread it out with spatula on pan. A mistake you can make here is to make the pancake too thick.
  • Cook for about 2 min or until about 70% of surface looks cooked.
  • While pancake is cooking, make a simple Dipping Soy Sauce and serve either with some sesame seeds or chopped green onions or chive flowers like I did here!
  • Turn it over and add another 1~2 tsp vegetable oil around the edges of the pan. Cook for another 2 min or so until nicely browned.
  • Transfer pancake onto a cutting board and cut into squares or diamonds. You can also just serve it whole and allow people to just cut it at the table.


Makes 5 x 10 inch pancakes.
You can also use Korean Buchimgaru (부침가루) or Pancake mix.
Garlic chives are different from the common chives. Leaves are flat like wheat grass.
Chive pancakes are best when served hot, they can also be eaten at room temperature.
Koreans love eating this Buchujeon as appetizers with Makgeoli. Try also serving this as appetizers instead of side dish at a party.
Store leftovers in fridge and reheat on pan on medium heat.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 56mg | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.8mg