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Gamjajeon with Melted Cheese – the Korean Potato Cheese Pancakes

Gamjajeon, is a mouthwatering dish that combines the comforting flavors of Korean potatoes and gooey melted cheese. These Korean potato cheese pancakes are a savory delight that will leave you craving for more. Bursting with flavors and textures, this recipe perfectly balances the earthiness of potatoes with the richness of melted cheese. Whether you’re a fan of Korean cuisine or simply looking for a new and exciting dish to try, Gamjajeon is sure to impress your family and friends with its deliciousness.

You might also enjoy our copycat Perkins pancake recipe if you enjoy potato pencakes

gamjajeon korean cheese potato pancakes

Yields: 4 pancakes
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 25 mins Total: 40 mins


What are Korean potato cheese pancakes?

Gamjajeon is a traditional Korean dish that showcases the versatility and creativity of Korean cuisine. It consists of savory pancakes made with grated potatoes, eggs, flour, and a variety of seasonings. What sets Gamjajeon apart is the addition of cheese, which takes these pancakes to a whole new level of indulgence. The potatoes are grated and mixed with eggs, flour, green onions, and a touch of salt and pepper to create a batter-like consistency. Generous amounts of grated cheese are sprinkled on top before cooking, allowing it to melt and create a luscious, cheesy interior. The pancakes are then cooked until golden brown and crispy on the outside, with a warm and gooey center that oozes with cheesy goodness.

Why you’ll love it

There are plenty of reasons why you should give Gamjajeon a try.

  • Every bite is a burst of flavor and texture. Korean gamja jeon with cheese is a fantastic way to enjoy the comforting flavors of potatoes and bite through the crispy exterior of the pancakes to find a soft and cheesy interior.
  • Cheese. The addition of cheese takes this dish to another level. The melted cheese adds a rich and gooey element to the pancakes, enhancing the overall taste and making it even more irresistible. The combination of savory potatoes and melted cheese creates a harmonious blend of flavors that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
  • Versatility. Gamjajeon is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or even a main course.

Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering with friends or craving delicious comfort food, these pancakes are sure to please.

Korean potato and cheese pancake recipe

Ingredients

  • Potatoes – (400g / 14 oz) 1 – 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated. They can also be mashed providing a smoother result but a less jeon (Korean pancake) look.
  • Cornstarch – (1/4 cup / 34g) cornstarch
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Green onions – 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • Mozzarella – (1 cup / 120g / 4.2oz) grated mozzarella, cheddar, or pecorino cheese. I try to stick with mozzarella which is Korean’s favorite cheese and the one used in corn dogs.

How to make Korean potato cheese pancakes?

  1. Combine the grated potatoes, cornstarch, salt, and chopped green onions in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the grated cheese and combine. If you mash the potatoes you can shape them into balls and add the cheese at the very center.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  5. Scoop a spoonful of the potato mixture onto the pan and spread it out into a round pancake shape.
  6. Repeat to make more pancakes, leaving enough space between each pancake.
  7. Cook the pancakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated cheese on top of each pancake while they are still in the pan. Let the cheese melt for a minute or two.
  9. Transfer the pancakes to a serving plate and repeat the process with the remaining batter and cheese.
  10. Serve the Gamjajeon warm and enjoy the crispy exterior with the melty cheese interior. Garnish with green onions.

gamjajeon korean cheese potato pancakes

Tips

  • Use starchy potatoes like Yukon Gold or russet potatoes for the best texture and flavor.
  • Squeeze out excess moisture from the grated potatoes before mixing them with other ingredients. This will help achieve crispier pancakes.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar, mozzarella, or even spicy gochujang-infused cheese for an added kick.
  • Add extra flavor by incorporating diced onions, minced garlic, or grated carrots into the pancake batter.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the eggs and use a vegan substitute like flax eggs or mashed tofu for binding.
  • Cook the pancakes on medium heat to ensure they cook evenly and develop a golden brown crust.
  • Serve Gamjajeon immediately after cooking to maintain the perfect balance of crispiness and melted cheese.

Variations

  1. Seafood twist: Add cooked seafood like shrimp or squid to the pancake batter for a seafood-infused Gamjajeon. The combination of seafood, potatoes, and cheese creates a delectable flavor profile.
  2. Kimchi lovers: Incorporate chopped kimchi into the pancake batter for a tangy and spicy twist. The fermented flavors of kimchi complement the cheesy pancakes beautifully.
  3. Sweet and savory: Create a fusion version by adding a touch of sweetness to the pancakes. Mix a small amount of sugar or honey into the batter for a delightful sweet and savory contrast.
  4. Gluten-free option: Replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative like rice flour or cornstarch to make the pancakes gluten-free while still maintaining their deliciousness.
  5. Herb-infused: Add chopped fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or chives to the pancake batter for an aromatic twist. The herbs will elevate the overall flavor profile and add freshness to the dish.

How to serve the cheese-filled Korean potato pancakes?

When it comes to serving Gamjajeon Korean Potato Cheese Pancakes, there are several delicious options to enhance your dining experience. Here are some ideas:

  1. Dipping Sauces: Prepare a variety of dipping sauces to complement the flavors of the pancakes. Consider serving them with a traditional Korean dipping sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and a pinch of sugar. Alternatively, you can try a spicy dipping sauce with gochujang (Korean red chili paste), soy sauce, sesame oil, and a dash of honey for a sweet and spicy kick.
  2. Side Salad: Serve Gamjajeon alongside a fresh side salad to balance out the richness of the pancakes. A simple mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing or a refreshing cucumber salad with rice vinegar and sesame seeds would work well.
  3. Kimchi: Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine and pairs wonderfully with Gamjajeon. Its tangy and spicy flavors provide a delightful contrast to the cheesy pancakes. Serve a small bowl of kimchi on the side for guests to enjoy alongside their pancakes.
  4. Pickled Vegetables: Add some tang and crunch to your meal by serving pickled vegetables like pickled radishes or pickled cucumbers. These vibrant and tangy accompaniments complement the flavors of the pancakes and add a refreshing element to the overall dish.
  5. Green Onions and Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle some chopped green onions and sesame seeds over the cooked pancakes before serving. This adds a pop of freshness and a nutty aroma, enhancing the visual appeal and flavor profile of the dish.
  6. Korean Rice: For a heartier meal, serve Gamjajeon with a side of steamed Korean rice. The fluffy rice can be enjoyed alongside the pancakes, allowing you to savor the contrast between the crispy pancakes and the soft rice.

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Cheezy snacks

gamjajeon cheese pancakes

Korean Potato Cheese Pancakes

Caroline Sciberras
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Snack/Main Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • Potatoes - 400g / 14 oz 1 - 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated. They can also be mashed providing a smoother result but a less jeon (Korean pancake) look.
  • Cornstarch - 1/4 cup / 34g cornstarch
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper - 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Green onions - 2 green onions finely chopped
  • Mozzarella - 1 cup / 120g / 4.2oz grated mozzarella, cheddar, or pecorino cheese. I try to stick with mozzarella which is Korean's favorite cheese and the one used in corn dogs.

Instructions
 

  • Combine the grated potatoes, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and chopped green onions in a large bowl. Leave a little green onions to garnish later.
  • Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Add the grated cheese and combine. If you mash the potatoes you can shape them into balls and add the cheese at the very center.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  • Scoop a spoonful of the potato mixture onto the pan and spread it out into a round pancake shape.
  • Repeat to make more pancakes, leaving enough space between each pancake.
  • Cook the pancakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of grated cheese on top of each pancake while they are still in the pan. Let the cheese melt for a minute or two.
  • Transfer the pancakes to a serving plate and repeat the process with the remaining batter and cheese.
  • Serve the Gamjajeon warm and enjoy the crispy exterior with the melty cheese interior. Garnish with green onions.

Notes

  • Use starchy potatoes like Yukon Gold or russet potatoes for the best texture and flavor.
  • Squeeze out excess moisture from the grated potatoes before mixing them with other ingredients. This will help achieve crispier pancakes.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar, mozzarella, or even spicy gochujang-infused cheese for an added kick.
  • Add extra flavor by incorporating diced onions, minced garlic, or grated carrots into the pancake batter.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the eggs and use a vegan substitute like flax eggs or mashed tofu for binding.
  • Cook the pancakes on medium heat to ensure they cook evenly and develop a golden brown crust.
  • Serve Gamjajeon immediately after cooking to maintain the perfect balance of crispiness and melted cheese.
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