Simple Scallion Pancakes

Whether you eat them as an accompaniment to a Chinese feast, or just as a snack or appetizer, these salty fried pancakes are a popular street food snack served up hot in East Asia. Plain soy sauce is the perfect dip.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 3 scallions, finely minced (green parts only)
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly add sesame oil and water, mixing, just until a dough forms. You may need a little bit less than ¾ cup water.
  • Knead dough for a few minutes, then let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Divide dough into six 2" balls. Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface. Brush with sesame oil and cover with scallions. Roll up dough and twist to form a ball. Roll out again ¼" thick.
  • Fry each pancake in hot oil 1–2 minutes on each side. Fold into wedges and serve.