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Scallion Pancakes

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Crispy, flaky, homemade scallion pancakes that taste like they came from your favorite Chinese restaurant. This indulgent appetizer is fun to make and even more fun to devour!

Marble Surface Set with a Plate of Scallion Pancake Slices, Dipping Sauce, Chopsticks, Water Glass, and Scallion Bunch

Scallion pancakes are an appetizer that’s near and dear to my heart. Back when I worked in a law firm, a group of friends and I would regularly escape the office on a Friday afternoon and smother our sorrows in Chinese vegetarian food at a nearby restaurant.

I think I tried every entree on the menu, because…why wouldn’t you do that at a place amazing enough to offer a full menu of Chinese vegetarian food. The appetizer, however, was consistently a big order of scallion pancakes that was shared among the group. It was always delicious and comforting — exactly what everyone needed at the end of a long week.

It took me a while, but I finally perfected my own recipe for scallion pancakes, and they’re just as delicious as my old lunchtime favorite.

Scallion Pancake Ingredients

Scallion Pancakes

Here’s what you’ll need!

  • Water
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • High-heat oil
  • Scallions
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame seeds (optional, for serving)

How to Make Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancake Slices with Dipping Sauce and Chopsticks on a Plate

Start by boiling your water. You want it just below boiling temperature when you use it.

Make the Dough

Mix your flour and salt in a bowl, then stir in the sesame oil and hot water. Continue stirring until the mixture forms a shaggy dough.

Turn your dough onto a floured work surface and knead it until it becomes smooth. You can add a bit more water if the dough seems too dry, or a bit more flour if it’s too sticky — try to minimize this though.

Collage Showing Steps for Making Scallion Pancake Dough: Mix Dry Ingredients, Add Wet, Stir, and Knead the Dough

Roll your dough in a ball, rub it with some oil, and place it in a bowl. Cover it with a damp towel and let it rest for about a half hour.

Shape the Pancakes

After the dough has rested, cut it into 4 equal pieces. Take one piece out of the bowl and place it on a floured work surface. Roll it into a large circle.

Brush your dough circle with some oil and sprinkle it all over with scallions. Roll it it up into a long snake, then coil the snake into a circle. Now roll the circle out again. This is your pancake! Repeat the process for the remaining pieces of dough.

Collage Showing the Steps for Rolling Scallion Pancakes: Roll Dough, Brush with Oil, Sprinkle with Scallions, Roll into a Snake, Coil, and Roll to Flatten

Cook the Pancakes

Heat some oil in a skillet and add a pancake. Cook it for a few minutes on each side, until it has lots of crispy browned spots.

Side By Side Images Showing a Scallion Pancake Cooking on Each Side

Serve!

Slice your scallion pancakes and serve them with dipping sauce.

Hand With Chopsticks Removing a Scallion Pancake Slice from a Plate

Scallion Pancake Tips & FAQ

  • Watch your scallion pancakes closely while they cook. I find they can burn pretty quickly at their centers!
  • Use a good nonstick cooking surface that heats evenly. I highly recommend a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet.
  • Can these pancakes be made gluten-free? I’m not sure, but I suspect an all-purpose gluten-free blend would work.
  • Leftovers and storage: Scallion pancakes are best served immediately. But if you do have leftovers, store them in a tightly sealed container or bag in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • How are scallion pancakes served? They’re normally served as an appetizer. They’re wonderful before a Chinese-inspired stir-fry dish like General Tso’s tofu, vegetable lo mein, or wonton soup.
  • Can scallion pancakes be made oil-free? I don’t recommend it. Part of what makes scallion pancakes so delicious is the crispy outside and flaky layers, which I don’t think you could achieve without oil.

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Marble Surface Set with a Plate of Scallion Pancake Slices, Dipping Sauce, Chopsticks, Water Glass, and Scallion Bunch

Scallion Pancakes

Crispy, flaky, homemade scallion pancakes that taste like they came from your favorite Chinese restaurant. This indulgent appetizer is fun to make and even more fun to devour!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 24 minutes

Resting Time 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 14 minutes

Calories 186 kcal

Author Alissa Saenz

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and rolling
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup just boiled water
  • Peanut oil (or high heat oil of choice), as needed (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped scallions (about 4 scallions)

For the Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek or sriracha (optional)

For Serving

  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the sesame oil and hot water. Stir everything together to form a shaggy dough.

  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Roll the dough into a ball. Generously rub the dough with a tablespoon or two of oil and transfer it to a clean bowl. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.

  5. While the dough rests, make the sauce by stirring all ingredients together in a small bowl.

  6. After the dough has rested, cut it into 4 equal portions. Remove one portion of dough from the bowl and recover the rest.

  7. Place the dough portion on a lightly floured work surface and use a rolling pin to roll it into a an approximately 6-inch circle.

  8. Lightly brush the dough with oil and sprinkle it with a quarter of the scallions.

  9. Roll the dough tightly into a long snake, enclosing the scallions within. Coil the snake into a circle.

  10. Use your rolling pin to roll the coil into a thin 7 to 8 inch circle.

  11. Cover the dough circle with a damp towel, then repeat the process for the remaining dough portions. Stack the finished dough circles with paper towels in between and cover them with a damp towel.

  12. Generously coat the bottom of a medium skillet with about 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil and place it over medium heat.

  13. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then transfer one of your dough circles to the skillet. Cook it for about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and crispy.

  14. Transfer the cooked pancake to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat the process for the remaining dough circles.

  15. Slice and serve your scallion pancakes while they’re hot, optionally sprinkled with sesame seeds, with dipping sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Scallion Pancakes

Amount Per Serving (0.5 pancake (with sauce))

Calories 186 Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 1.5g8%

Sodium 558mg23%

Potassium 77mg2%

Carbohydrates 22.2g7%

Fiber 1.1g4%

Sugar 0.5g1%

Protein 3.4g7%

Calcium 14mg1%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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