Kimchi and prawn fritters

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January 30, 2018

As usual, I’m way behind the times but I’ve finally seen the light and kimchi has become part of my kitchen toolbox. I much prefer to cook with it than eat it raw - it brings a deliciously savoury, saline twang to everything it touches. Hopefully, we’ll soon have our own version from the deli counters but, in the meantime, here is an idea from Serious Eats


125g plain flour

65g rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

350ml water, plus more as needed

250g chopped kimchi plus the brine it came with

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 whole spring onions chopped into 1cm pieces - plus more to garnish

200g small North Atlantic prawns

1/2 tsp salt

Veg oil for frying


1In a large bowl, stir together the plain flour, rice flour, water and egg; the mixture should be the consistency of slightly lumpy pancake batter. Stir in the chopped kimchi, scallion segments, prawns and salt. Add a little more water if needed. Set batter aside.

2Preheat oven to its lowest heat setting. In a large frying pan, heat about 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Put a heaped tbsp of batter into the pan and spread it with the back of the spoon. Repeat until pan is full but not crowded.

3Cook until the edges turn golden and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip pancakes, add a little more oil, if needed, and cook for about another 2 to 3 minutes until cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding oil as needed.

4Arrange cooked pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep in warm oven until ready to serve. Serve whole or cut into wedges, garnished with more chopped spring onions and with a dipping sauce (soy sauce, rice vinegar, a dash of toasted sesame oil, honey to taste and toasted sesame seeds). Alternatively use sweet chilli dipping sauce.