Zucchini Pancakes (Hobakjeon)

Zucchini Pancakes (Hobakjeon)

These zucchini pancakes are a traditional Korean dish called Hobakjeon, that is served with spicy soy sauce. It is a different way of cooking zucchinis and I must say it is really delicious and looks great.


I added a little bit of green onion as they are in season now. Zucchini pancakes are very easy to prepare, doesn't take much time and are perfect as a side dish or as an appetizer.


I like to make these zucchini pancakes for my daughters as a side dish to their meat, without the spicy soy sauce for them. It is a great way to include zucchinis in their meal.


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  • Makes about 2 servings
  • 1 medium-large zuchinni
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or 3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
  • Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small chili pepper, chopped


  1. Slice the zucchinis into thin disks, then cut the disks into matchsticks. 
  2. In a bowl mix flour and water using a spoon. Add salt and pepper and stir in the zucchinis matchsticks and onion.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Sprinkle 2, 3 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add a spoonful of the batter to the pan, press and cook until the bottom turns light golden brown and crispy. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing the soy sauce with onion, garlic and chili pepper. 
  5. Serve hot and crispy along the soy dipping sauce.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:388, Fat:14.4 g, Saturated Fat:2.8 g, Carbohydrates:55.2 g, Sugar:2.9 g, Fiber:3.5 g, Protein:10.1 g, Cholesterol:0 mg, Calories from Fat 130, Sodium 1815mg, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 33%, Calcium 5%, Iron 23%, Nutrition Grade B, Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calories diet.
On May 30, 2012 at 07:52 am, CJ said...
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On May 30, 2012 at 10:39 am, myfudo said...
Wow! These are really healthy pancakes...Breakfast staples, this would be!
On May 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm, torviewtoronto said...
wonderfully done pancakes
On May 31, 2012 at 03:02 am, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
I have 4 zucchinis in my fridge right now and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I think I got a good recipe!! I've never made a pancake with zucchini. We have a Japanese dish called Okonomiyaki, which we use cabbage to make pancakes. I need to make this one next!
On May 31, 2012 at 05:32 pm, Tara Voss said...
WOW! These look fantastic! Thanks for finding me on FoodBuzz:)
On July 29, 2012 at 07:35 am, Nesa said...
Delicious! Never thought of zuchinni that way!

Yes, this is exactly what I thought too when I discovered it.  It is delicious indeed. 

On December 17, 2012 at 07:55 am, Ganzegal said...
Those zucchini fries look exlceelnt! I am going to have to give that a try. I am so not exciting when it comes to zucchini and I usually just steam or grill it.I am looking into getting a new food magazine. I might have to pick that one and try it out.
On January 21, 2013 at 02:57 pm, Bell said...
I tried this, but replaced it with carrots, just to test how to cook them. I also replaced green onion with an actual onion cause I didn't have any one hand. It wasn't too bad really. I kinda got a strange look when I told people what it was...Carrot pancakes are definetily not the norm.

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