Scallion Pancakes Recipe

These thin, round pancakes are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They’re surprisingly easy to cook at home. You’ll only need four basic ingredients: flour, hot water, scallions and salt. The pancakes can be served on their own, or along a soy sauce and vinegar based dipping sauce. Serve these immediately from the griddle while they’re still warm and crispy.

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Resting time: 30 mins
Total time: 80 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


For the scallion pancakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 3/4 cup hot (just boiling) water, plus a few more tablespoons, if necessary
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 to 4 scallions, thinly sliced
For the dipping sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Mix the dough: Add flour, salt and garlic powder to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup of hot water to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until all the water has been absorbed by the flour. Don’t worry if the dough has not formed completely yet.
  2. Knead the dough: Knead all the bits of dough together with your hands inside the bowl. If your dough is still very dry, add a splash of hot water, about 1 to 2 tablespoons, until it comes together and all the flour is absorbed.
    Continue kneading the dough for about 2 more minutes. The dough will feel moist but it should not stick to your hands too much.
  3. Rest the dough: Shape the dough into a round ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the pancakes: Sprinkle flour on top of a work surface. Divide the dough into 4 pieces of equal size. Work with one piece at a time, leaving the remaining pieces in the bowl.
    Shape piece of dough into a small ball. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a thin circle, about 7 to 8 inches in diameter.
  5. Add the scallions: Brush a thin layer of canola oil on top of the dough, making sure not to miss the edges. Sprinkle sliced scallions all over the dough.
  6. Roll and flatten the pancake: Starting on one end, roll the circle of dough into a log. Take one end of the rolled up dough and curl it toward the center, like a snail’s shell. Tuck the end of the dough underneath the spiral.
    Use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough into a thick circle. Roll it out again with your rolling pin. Try to roll it out as thinly as possible. A few slices of scallions may pop out during the process, and that’s perfectly normal.
    Transfer rolled out scallion pancake to a plate. Repeat steps 4 through 6 with the remaining dough pieces.
  7. Cook the pancakes: Heat about 2 teaspoons of canola oil in a small nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
    Place one of the pancakes in the middle of the pan and pan fry each side for about 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the 3 remaining scallion pancakes, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  8. Prepare the dipping sauce: Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust the seasonings to your liking, adding more soy sauce or vinegar, if you like. Add any leftover scallions to the dipping sauce, and add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you would like a bit of spice.
  9. Serve the hot pancakes: Cut the scallion pancakes into small wedges and serve while hot with the dipping sauce. (The pancakes are still good when cooled, but will no longer be crispy.)

Source: Simply Recipes

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