Zucchini Pancakes (Hobakjeon)

I am glad to share with you these zucchini pancakes recipe, that are a traditional Korean dish called Hobakjeon. The pancakes are served with spicy soy sauce and makes a perfect side dish. It is a different way of cooking zucchinis and I must say it is really delicious and looks absolutely great.

The pancakes are really easy to prepare, it takes only a few minutes to prepare the batter and you don’t need special utensil to make this dish. If possible try to you use baby zucchinis for this recipe. It is also essential to use fresh and firm zucchinis in order to enjoy this recipe at its’ best.

Korean zucchini pancakes

How to make zucchini pancakes

First you need to slice the zucchinis into thin disks, then cut the disks into matchsticks. Then you add the zucchini matchsticks into a flour and water mixture, add spices and green onion if used and the batter is ready. Take spoon fools of batter and place in a preheated skillet with a bit of oil and cook on each side for a few minutes until light golden brown and crispy. The pancakes are amazing and perfect as a side dish or as an appetizer or why not for breakfast.

For the spicy soy sauce you simply mix some soy sauce with garlic, green onion and chopped chili pepper. I highly recommend serving these pancakes with the spicy sauce as they make a good match, as the sauce brings a lot of flavor.

I like to make these zucchini pancakes for my daughters, without the spicy soy sauce, as a side dish alongside meat, and I must say they have become a new favorite dish in my house. It is a great way to include zucchinis in my daughter’s meals. If you like zucchinis and you want to try something new, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. Let me know how they turn out for you, share the photos with me on Instagram and enjoy!

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Zucchini Pancakes (Hobakjeon)

Zucchini Pancakes (Hobakjeon)

5 from 1 vote
These Zucchini pancakes (Hobakjeon) made with green onions are a delicious way of cooking zucchinis. Very easy to prepare and quick are perfect as a side dish or appetizer.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 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


  • Slice the zucchinis into thin disks, then cut the disks into matchsticks. 
  • In a bowl mix flour and water using a spoon. Add salt and pepper and stir in the zucchinis matchsticks and onion.
  • 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.
  • Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing the soy sauce with onion, garlic and chili pepper. 
  • Serve hot and crispy along the soy dipping sauce.


Serving: 1gCalories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 55.2gProtein: 10.1gFat: 14.4gSaturated Fat: 2.8gSugar: 2.9g
Calories: 388kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: appetizer, dish, Hobak jeon, Hobakjeon, korean, pancakes, soy sauce, zucchini

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  1. CJ Author says:

    Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  2. myfudo Author says:

    Wow! These are really healthy pancakes…Breakfast staples, this would be!

  3. torviewtoronto Author says:

    wonderfully done pancakes

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    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!

  5. Tara Voss Author says:

    WOW! These look fantastic! Thanks for finding me on FoodBuzz:)

  6. Nesa Author says:

    Delicious! Never thought of zuchinni that way!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

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

  7. Ganzegal Author says:

    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.

  8. Bell Author says:

    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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