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Syrena's Seduction Kimchijeon (Kimchi Pancakes) for #TripleSBites

Kimchi pancakes, or kimchijeon, are crispy, chewy, and full of the spicy goodness of homemade kimchi. I usually fry up small cakes and thought they would be perfect for a #TripleSBites appetizer. They were! Even better - I was able to use products from three of our event sponsors.

Just for are the (purported) aphrodisiac qualities of this appetizer...

Chili peppers: The capsaicin in chili peppers heats up the body, increases blood flow, and causes the brain to release endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals. Many cultures throughout history have claimed peppers as an aphrodisiac. 

Ginger: Like chili peppers, ginger increases circulation and body temperature. Legend has it that famous French courtesan Madame du Barry provided ginger to all of her lovers to increase their desire and improve their pleasure.

Note: the kimchi - here's my Syrena's Seduction Kimchi - takes three or four days, so definitely begin this recipe at least that long before you want to make the Kimchijeon

Ingredients makes 6 cakes

Kimchijeon (Kimchi Pancakes)
  • 2 C kimchi (here's my Syrena's Seduction Kimchi)
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C rice flour
  • 1/2 t ginger (I used lightly dried herbs from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices*)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 egg (most traditional recipes don't include an egg, but mine wasn't holding together very well)
  • oil for frying (I used  Acala FarmsChili Cumin Oil)
  • 1/4 C roasted corn, cut off the cob
  • 1 t hot sauce (I used Syrena's Seduction by Pirate Jonny's*)
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 t soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1/2 t cilantro (I used lightly dried herbs from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices*)


Drain the kimchi and coarsely chop. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

Heat a large, flat-bottom pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat the entire surface. For each pancake, scoop 1/3 C of the mixture into the pan. Cook for approximately 2 minutes until the bottom is crispy and golden. Flip the cake over and cook for another 2 minutes.

Remove from skillet and drain on towels. While the cakes drain, stir together the sauce ingredients. Serve the pancakes warm with the sauce spooned over the top. I garnished mine with some shisho blossoms.

Thanks, Pirate Jonny's Acala Farms, and Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices* - just three of our #TripleSBites sponsors - for ingredients used in this recipe.

*Full Disclosure: I received a bottle of Syrena's Seduction from Pirate Jonny's, two bottles of Flavor-Infused Cottonseed Oil from Acala Farms, and an assortment of lightly dried herbs from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices for participating in #TripleSBites. Feel free to use whatever hot sauce, oil, and herbs you have on-hand. I received no additional compensation for this post; all comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own.

Here's what everyone else brought to the table today...

We had some very generous event sponsors for this event.


  1. Don't think hubby would be a fan of this but Tingting loves kimchee.

  2. Yeah, I was batting 75% in my household. The littlest elf thought it was too spicy.

  3. These look spicy and delicious!

    1. They were both, Rebekah! I should have made more.

  4. I have never tried something like this and it sounds so good! I love kimchee.

    1. Have you ever made your own, Ashley? Kimchi is SO easy. We are always making it.

  5. I've never had this but it sounds intriguing and I so want to make it!

  6. Hello amped up corn fritters!

  7. This sounds so interesting and delicious!

  8. Love this creative idea! Healthy and delicious looking. You are so creative! We posted to our facebook & will post to our Pirate Jonny's Website soon! Thank you! Awesome.

    1. Thanks! It's been requested, so I'll be making them again soon.

  9. Oh,,, our website is asking for prep time, total time to make, serving size... Can't wait to try! Terri, Pirate Jonny's. I will look for this here!

    1. Terri, the kimchi takes 15 minutes of active time + 4 days and 2 hours of inactive time. The cakes take about 25 minutes total. Email me if you have any questions constantmotioncamilla[at]gmail[dot]com


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