These Scallion Pancakes are perfectly crispy and flaky on the outside with a slightly chewy interior made with thin layers on the inside. They’re then lightly brushed with miso for a layer of umami and packed with scallions and sesame seeds for the most delicious buttery scallion pancakes you’ve ever had! What’s best is that I’ve included step-by-step instructions on exactly how to roll them out!
These scallion pancakes, also known as green onion pancakes or Cong You Bing (葱油饼) are a delicious traditional Chinese recipe that combines puff pastry with the vibrant flavors of scallions, Chinese five spice, and sesame seeds resulting with crispy, flaky pancakes you’ll absolutely love!
These are also incredibly easy to make because my recipe for scallion pancakes (aka green onion pancakes) are not completely made from scratch. I cheat with this one and use pre-frozen puff pastry so I can save the step of making my own dough.
That being said, this scallion pancake is more flavorful than the traditional scallion pancakes because of the layer of miso. It is also more buttery as well because we are using puff pastry.
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving a savory treat, these homemade scallion pancakes are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.
Read on to learn exactly how to make this delicious buttery scallion pancakes recipe today!
What are Scallion Pancakes?
Scallion pancakes (葱油饼) are a type of Chinese pancake made with a simple dough that is rolled out, filled with scallions, and then pan-fried until golden and crispy.
They’re also known as green onion pancakes or Cong you bing in Chinese and are unlike Western pancakes and are made with a dough instead of a batter. These pancakes are essentially unleavened flatbread folded with minced scallions and have the perfect savory flavor. They’re also pan-fried, which gives them crisp edges and a chewy texture.
What makes these pancakes so delicious is the combination of flaky, buttery texture with the savory flavor of the scallions. The scallions provide a fresh and slightly onion-like taste that pairs perfectly with the richness of the butter.
These pancakes are also incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or even as a main course. They can be served on their own or with a dipping sauce, such as soy sauce or a sweet chili sauce, to add an extra layer of flavor.
The combination of this dish's buttery texture, savory scallions, and versatility make it a beloved favorite among Chinese cuisine lovers. And my recipe is the easiest one you’ll ever find for scallion pancakes while giving you that authentic, delicious flavor in each bite.
Why You’ll Love This Scallion Pancakes Recipe
Easy to make: This recipe requires only a few simple ingredients and basic cooking skills, making it accessible to even inexperienced cooks.
Versatile: These pancakes can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or even a main course. They pair well with a variety of sauces and dips, allowing for endless customization.
Delicious: The combination of buttery and savory flavors, along with the crispy texture, makes these pancakes incredibly tasty. They are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them.
Crowd-pleaser: Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a large party, these pancakes are always a hit. They appeal to a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences, making them a versatile choice for any occasion.
Special touch: The addition of miso to the scallions filling adds a unique flavor to these pancakes, elevating them from ordinary pancakes to something truly special.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Scallion Pancakes At Home
All you need are some incredibly simple, pantry-staple ingredients to make this delicious buttery scallion pancakes recipe at home.
All ingredients for these Scallion Pancakes can be found at your local grocery store. If you cannot find miso at your local grocery store, you can find it at an Asian grocery store or online.
Here's an overview of the specific ingredients for this recipe. For the exact ingredients and measurements, please scroll to the recipe card below.
- Frozen Puff Pastry: We use frozen puff pastry to make this recipe. This is not a traditional ingredient, but it is a shortcut I use to make scallion pancakes in a pinch. Once it has been toasted in the frying pan, the buttery flaky layers are less tough and a little more delicate than the traditional scallion pancake. It also adds a wonderful buttery flavor to it as well.
- Scallions: Next, we will use scallions or green onions as they will add a fresh and aromatic flavor to the recipe and is the main flavor of this dish.
- Chinese Five Spice: We will also be adding Chinese five spice. It will give a unique and complex flavor profile to the dish.
- Sesame Oil: We’ll also need some sesame oil. It’ll enhance the nutty and rich taste of the recipe and make your scallion pancakes extra special.
- Sesame Seeds: Remember to use sesame seeds as they will add a crunchy texture and a subtle nutty flavor to the dish.
- Miso: We will also be adding miso mixed with water which will add a savory and umami taste to the recipe. I like to use white miso (shiro miso) for this recipe because of it's light, sweet delicate flavor.
How to Make Scallion Pancakes (Step by Step)
Making this incredible buttery scallion pancakes recipe at home is super easy and will give you great results every single time. Here's how to make it step by step:
Prepare the Scallion Filling for the Scallion Pancakes
To add a bit more flavor to the scallions, I like to mix a little in sesame oil and five spice to them. I usually sprinkle the sesame seeds directly onto the pancake before I roll them out but to save a step and some time, I will occasionally add the sesame seeds directly into the scallions.
Although miso is not a traditional ingredient used in scallion pancakes, lightly brushing a thin layer of miso onto the pancake before rolling it out gives the scallion pancakes more savoriness and adds a layer of umaminess.
Just make sure you thin out the miso paste slightly with a bit of water before lightly brushing it on so it glides easier across the pancakes.
How to Roll Out Scallion Pancakes (Step by Step)
Defrost the dough in the fridge, and not at room temperature - this will give you a firmer dough to work with, and it will be less sticky as well.
Once the puff pastry has been defrosted, cut it into 1 inch cubes and roll them into balls. Lightly dust your countertop and rolling pin with flour so as to prevent them from sticking.
Flatten each dough ball into a circle using the palm of your hand. Use the rolling pin to roll it out thinly, approximately ⅛ inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Brush a thin layer of the miso paste onto the pancake by using a brush or the back of a spoon. Evenly spread a thin layer of spiced scallion mixture on the pancake.
Roll up the pancake tightly and pinch the ends to seal it. Next, coil the roll tightly and tuck in the end onto the bottom of the coil.
Now press down with your palm where you tucked in the end to flatten and seal the pancake properly.
Don't be afraid to dust the rolling pin and counter with flour to prevent the pancake from being too sticky, while you are rolling out the pancakes.
Place the rolled pancake on a piece of parchment or wax paper. Repeat this process with the remaining dough balls until all the pancakes have been made.
How to Cook Scallion Pancakes
In a frying pan, add a small amount of oil to coat the bottom and set the heat to medium to medium-low.
Once the oil is hot, place one pancake in the pan and toast it for approximately 4-5 minutes. Do not flip it until the pancake starts to look translucent.
Once the pancake is translucent, flip it and cook for another 5 minutes, or until it appears golden brown and crisp.
If the original side does not appear brown enough, flip it again and let it brown for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Remove the pancake from the pan and serve it either whole or cut into quarters. It can be enjoyed plain or with a dipping sauce of your choice.
Your delicious Scallion Pancakes are ready to be served!
Joyce's Tips For Making the Best Scallion Pancakes Every Single Time
Preheat the pan properly: Before you start making the pancakes, make sure to preheat the pan over medium heat. This will guarantee that the pancakes cook evenly and have a crispy exterior.
Use a nonstick skillet: To prevent the pancakes from sticking to the pan, use a non-stick pan. This will make flipping the pancakes easier and result in a better texture.
Allow the batter to rest: After mixing the ingredients together, let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the gluten in the flour to relax, which results in a softer and more tender pancake.
Cook on medium to medium low heat: Cooking the pancakes on medium to medium low heat will make sure that they cook through evenly without burning. This will give them a golden brown color and a deliciously crispy texture.
Flip the pancakes carefully: When it is time to flip the pancakes, use a spatula to carefully lift the edges and flip them over. Be gentle so as to avoid breaking the pancakes apart.
Remove excess oil: Place your pancakes on paper-towel lined plate to remove excess oil before serving them.
Serve immediately: These scallion pancakes are best enjoyed fresh off the pan. Serve them immediately to maintain their crispy texture and delicious flavor.
Experiment with toppings: While scallion pancakes are delicious on their own, you can also experiment with dipping sauces like sweet soy sauce, hoisin sauce, or even a spicy chili oil for added flavor.
Personally, I think these scallion pancakes are fantastic on its own but you can jazz them up with dipping sauces as well. I have used the following dipping sauces and loved them. Pick and choose your favorite!
- Sweet and savory five spice hoisin sauce: Mix a bit of water to thin out hoisin sauce and add a bit of five spice into it with a few drops of sesame oil.
- Sesame chili soy sauce: Mix soy sauce, a bit of sesame oil and some Chinese chili oil together. I like to use chili crisp for my chili oil for this dipping sauce.
- Plain Japanese mayo: Simple and tasty!
You can also sprinkle some extra green onions or sesame seeds on top, or drizzle any of the sauces on top before serving your scallion pancakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
To roll out the dough for the pancakes, divide it into small portions and flatten each portion into a round disc or thin rectangle. Dust the working surface and the dough with flour to prevent sticking. Use a rolling pin to roll out each portion into a thin circle. For more detailed instructions, check out the recipe card.
To cook the pancakes, heat a skillet over medium to medium low heat and add a small amount of oil. Place a rolled-out pancake in the skillet and cook for a 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.
My recipe is made to give you the authentic flavor for scallion pancakes easily at home without a lot of hassle. But if you want to customize the flavor, you definitely can. Consider adding some grated ginger, chives, leeks, or garlic to your delicious pancakes.
Yes, you absolutely can by using gluten-free puff pastry instead of regular one to make these pancakes. Follow all the rest of the steps as is.
How to Store Leftover Scallion Pancakes
To store leftovers of buttery scallion pancakes, start by allowing them to cool completely. Once cooled, place the pancakes in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Store the container or wrapped pancakes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
When ready to eat, you can choose to reheat the pancakes in the oven or on the stovetop. To reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the pancakes on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.
To reheat on the stovetop, melt a little butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pancakes and cook for a few minutes on each side, until heated through and crispy.
You can also freeze your uncooked scallion pancakes. Just make sure to keep each pancake separated with a sheet of parchment/wax paper and when you store them make sure you seal them really well so they don't dry out. I like to keep a stack of them in the freezer in a ziplock back with the air squeezed out. You can also keep it in the fridge this way too.
If you are cooking them straight from the fridge, the instructions are the same as the recipe. If you are cooking these scallion pancakes from the freezer, you can put the frozen pancake directly onto an heated oiled frying pan but add 1-2 additional minutes to the cooking time to crisp it up more.
More Asian Appetizers and Snacks You May Like
- Crispy Candied Walnuts
- Sweet and Savory Salted Egg Taro Dumplings
- Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go)
- Crispy Cheung Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls) with Spicy Hoisin and Maple Sesame Sauce
- Crispy Honey Garlic Ribs (Bite Sized)
- Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) Dumplings
- Mini Coconut Butter Mochi Cake
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Buttery Scallion Pancakes
Joyce's Recipe Notes
- Uncooked scallion pancakes can be stored in the fridge or frozen once they have been made. Make sure you have a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between each pancake and keep it well sealed so it doesn't dry out in the fridge or freezer. I like to keep a stack of them in a ziplock bag (with the air pressed out), when I make a lot ahead of time.If you are cooking them from the fridge, the instructions are the same. If you are cooking them from the freezer, you can add the frozen pancake directly into the frying pan - add 1-2 additional minutes to the cooking time to crisp them up.
- If you are serving these at a party or gathering, you can pre-cook the pancakes and reheat them in a pre-heated oven at 375F (190C) for 5-6 minutes, flipping them at the 2-3 minute mark. This will crisp it back up.
Dipping Sauce Ideas
- Sweet & Savory Five Spice Hoisin Sauce - Mix a bit of water to thin out hoisin sauce and add a bit of five spice into it
- Sesame Chili Soy Sauce - Mix soy sauce, a bit of sesame oil and some Chinese chili oil together
- Plain Japanese Mayo - Simple and tasty!
- 400g frozen puff pastry
Defrosting the Puff Pastry
- Defrost the puff pastry in the fridge for 3-4 hours or the night before.
- Chop the scallions thinly and put them in a bowl, and set it aside.Try to chop them as thin as you can. Thinner scallions make rolling the pancakes out easier since you won't be rolling into large chunks of scallions which can rip the delicate dough.
- In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons miso with 1 - 2 teaspoons of water to get a thinner paste. This makes it easier to brush a thin layer onto the pancakes. Set aside for later
Rolling Out the Scallion Pancakes
- When the dough has been defrosted, cut them into 1 inch cubes and roll them into balls
- Dust the counter and your rolling pin with flour
- With your palm, press down the ball of dough to form a flatter circle. Use a rolling pin to roll it out thinly, approximately ⅛ inch thin
- Using a brush or a back of a spoon, thinly brush on some miso onto the pancake
- Add a thin layer of the spiced scallion mix evenly over the pancake and then roll it up and pinch the ends
- Coil the roll tightly and tuck in the end onto the bottom of the coil
- Using your palm, smash down where you tucked in the end on the bottom to flatten out the pancake and to seal the pancake properly so it doesn't come apart when you are rolling it
- Dust the counter top and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll out the pancake thinly again (approximately ⅛ inch) A thinner pancake makes a crispier and less doughy texture.
- Place it on a piece of parchment/wax paper and repeat the process with the rest of the dough balls until all the pancakes have been made.
Pan Frying the Scallion Pancakes
- In a frying pan, put a bit of oil to coat the bottom and set the heat to medium to medium-low.
- When the oil is hot, add 1 pancake in and toast it for approximately 4-5 minutes. Do not flip it until the pancake starts to look translucent. Once it's translucent, flip the pancake and cook for another 5 minutes (for a total of 8-10 minutes), or until they look golden brown and crisp.
- If the original side doesn't look brown enough, flip it and let it brown for another 1-2 minutes
- Remove it from the pan, serve it whole or cut into quarters - plain or with a dipping sauce.
*Nutritional information is calculated using online tools and is an estimate*
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