Sourdough Discard Kimchi-Jeon: Kimchi Pancakes

sourdough discard kimchi pancakes
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Pajeon is a must get appetizer for me at Korean restaurants. My favorite is haemul panjeon or seafood pancake. These day, where I spend 95% of my time on my ass, having protein as an appetizer is just #toomuch, so the simpler sibling, kimchi-panjeon, is what I now opt for.

This kimchi-jeon is made using sourdough discard. The tanginess of sourdough and the tanginess of kimchi are just meant to be! Makes 2 small-medium pancakes.

No sourdough? No prob! Replace the weight of sourdough starter/discard with equal weight flour and water (or a liquid of choice, like milk) ex. replace 60g sourdough discard with 30g flour and 30g water

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sourdough discard kimchi pancakes

Sourdough Discard Kimchi-Jeon (Kimchi Pancakes)

Quick, easy and healthy kimchi-jeon (kimchi pancakes) using sourdough discard.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: sourdough, sourdough discard
Servings: 2 pancakes


  • skillet or griddle



  • 100 g sourdough discard
  • 25 g water
  • 1/8 tsp tsp salt
  • pinch sugar
  • 15 g rice flour
  • 15 g corn starch
  • 100 g kimchi
  • 2 stalks scallion
  • carrots optional, or any other veggies

Sauce (optional)

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • sesame oil, sesame seeds, gochugaru (chili flakes), scallions optional


  • Mix together sourdough starter, water and salt, rice flour and cornstarch until well combined.
  • Add chopped up kimchi– it will be wet but that is okay. We want the kimchi juice to thin out the batter. The batter should be pancake-esque in consistency. Add any other vegetables now if desired.
    sourdough discard kimchi-jeon batter
  • Heat up a skillet on medium heat and spray with oil. Pour half the batter into the hot skillet and spread the batter. Cook about 3 minutes or when the bottom has browned and the top looks partially cooked. Flip and cook the other side for about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and Repeat with the rest of the batter.
    sourdough discard kimchi-jeon
  • Remove from pan, slice and serve with dipping sauce (optional).
    sourdough discard kimchi-jeon

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