Green Onion Pancake

Green Onion Pancake

This is a super easy, simple, fun and cheap dish to throw together. You probably have most, if not, all of the ingredients somewhere in your pantry. 

Fun fact, this dish was used in my first “cooking class” with some friends through Zoom during COVID-19.

 Prep Time*: 60 minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 minutes | Total Time: 75-80 minutes
Servings: 1 to 2
*includes dough resting time


  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 5 stalks of scallion (see note #1)
  • Oil for frying
  • 3 tablespoons of warm oil
  • 1 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons of sesame oil (optional)
Dipping sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion (see note #2)
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
  1.  The pancake is typically made with only the green part of the scallion but feel free to use the white part if you’d like.
  2. Or you could simply use the white part of the scallion for the dipping sauce. 


  1.  Boil 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan. You want to boil more that what’s needed since there will be some evaporation as the water is heating up.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl while waiting for the water to come to a boil. 
  3. Dig a small hole into the center. Slowly pour 3/4 cup of hot water in, and mix and fold the forming dough with a spatula. We can start kneading once everything is mixed in.
  4. Flour a clean flat surface and your hands. Pour the dough mixture onto the working surface and knead for 7-8 minutes until the dough is smooth. Form a ball and place it back into the large mixing bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel or cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. 
  5. While waiting for the dough, chop the scallion and set aside.
  6. Mince garlic if you plan on adding it to your dipping sauce. 
  7. Mix all the dipping sauce ingredients into a small bowl and set aside.
  8. In a small bowl, warm oil up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and pepper in the bowl and mix until well combined. You can add sesame oil into the mixture if you’d like a hint of earthy and nutty flavor.
  9.  Once the dough is done resting, place it back onto the work surface and divide into 3 even pieces. Put 2 pieces back into the mixing bowl and cover with damp paper towel.
  10. Roll the piece into a ball and flatten it with your palm. Flour your rolling pin and roll the dough. You will want to make it as thin as sheet of paper. 
  11. Coat the dough sheet with your flour oil mixture and sprinkle 1/3 of the green onion on top.
  12. Tightly roll the dough sheet into a log shape. 
  13. Now roll it into a cinnamon bun and tuck the ends underneath. Set it aside, cover with damp paper towel and let it rest for 10 minutes. Repeat with the 2 remaining pieces.
  14. Flour the work surface and place the first cinnamon bun on top. Flatten the bun with your palm and gentle roll it out until it hits ~7 inch in diameter. The green onion may come out at the edges but that’s OK!
  15. Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan or skillet on medium heat. Place the pancake in the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until it is a nice golden brown. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes until the bottom is also a nice golden brown. Remove to a plate.
  16.  Repeat for the remaining 2 pieces.
  17. Serve and enjoy!

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