Scallion Pancakes

Posted on: October 14, 2022. Updated on: July 11, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

Charring vegetables is a fun way to achieve two different flavor profiles with one single ingredient: you have the fresh, crisp veggie taste accompanied by a deep, pleasantly bitter undertone.

It might no longer be scallion season for most, but it’s always a great time to make these Chinese scallion pancakes. They’re a great savory dish, chewy, tasty, and so easy to make! You can eat them as appetizers, feast on a whole batch for dinner alone, or try them with soy, ginger, or sour cream.

Scallion Pancakes

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Servings: 4 to 6
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 bunches of scallions, or 25-35 medium scallions
  • Neutral oil for frying and brushing, I used avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, salt, warm water and oil until you have a shaggy dough.
  2. Knead for 2-3 minutes, until the dough looks smooth. Sprinkle flour or oil on the work surface as needed.
  3. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel and set aside.
  4. Char the scallions: working in 2-3 batches, add the scallions in a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Drizzle oil on top and press them down with a grill press or another skillet and cook, untouched for 4-5 minutes. Flip and repeat this previous step. You should see a dark brown caramelization on each side.
  5. Chop the scallions and season them with salt.
  6. Divide the dough in 12 to 14 pieces. Form each piece into a sphere. Roll each piece of dough as thin as possible, until almost see through. Brush 1-2 tablespoons neutral oil on top. Evenly spread 2 tablespoons of chopped scallions over the dough. Roll it into a log, then form it into a bun, as seen in the video.
  7. Repeat this step with the remaining dough.
  8. Flatten each bun using your oiled hands, fry for 2 minutes each side, over medium-high heat heat, until golden brown. Serve with sauce on the side.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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13 thoughts on "Scallion Pancakes"

  1. TRACY says:

    I can’t wait to make these I LOVE SCALLION PANCAKES!! 😋

  2. Mario Gonzalez says:

    what sauce did you use as seen on the video?

    1. Carolina says:

      I kept it simple with just some soy sauce 🙂

  3. Amber Lombard says:

    I love love love all your recipes. You are an amazing chef ❤️

  4. Amber Lombard says:

    I love love love all your recipes. You are an amazing chef

  5. Amber Lombard says:

    I love all you recipes. You an amazing chef

    1. Carolina says:

      That’s so kind of you, Amber, thank you!

  6. Sydney says:

    These came out perfect! Used to buying frozen parathas/ asian pancakes at intl food markets but have moved away from them sadly. Only note is the video referenced isnt linked on the page in any way at all , there arent process pictures, and Instagram doesnt seem to be referenced. If i hadnt first seen this recipe on instagram i wouldnt have thought to go back to the post to watch the visual process since the written recipe alone i dont think is the most helpful for first time dough rolling process. Aside from that (since i found that video just fine) these came out great though i think my dough was stickier than whats pictured which made rolling a bit tedious despite adding extra flour. I want to make again with other herb/ flavor ingredients!

    1. Carolina says:

      Thank you for the tip, I will consider adding process pictures on these posts in the future 🙂 Also, keep me posted on the variations you’ll come up with!

      1. Nitya says:

        Yes, please do

  7. Iulia says:

    Hi! Where can i find the recipe? Thank you and i love all your videos!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Iulia,

      Thank you for that! I had trouble with my website but the recipe is back up now!

      Best,
      Carolina

  8. Katie says:

    Website needs fixing:
    Can’t search for the chicken pot pie recipe
    Pinterest button not functional on scallion pancake recipe

    I gave up—TikTok/reel recipes not user friendly if you want to have it saved