How To Make Korean Tuna Pancakes? A Quick Dinner Solution

And I’m back with a new post for the what’s for dinner series. Today I’m going to talk about something my wife and I often eat when we are either out of ideas about what to eat or just short on time. I’m talking about tuna pancakes. And more in detail I’ll tell you our recipe and how we prepare them for ourselves.

Tuna Pancakes on the set Table
Tuna Pancakes on the set Table

The Ingredients

Of course the quantities you find below are for 2 people. So If you need more, just increase the quantities proportionally.

  • 1 Big Tuna Can
  • 3 Eggs
  • 6 Flour Table Spoons
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of sugar
  • Half a carrot
  • 1 Green Onion/Spring Onion
  • A Quarter of an Onion
  • 1 Pepper/Capsicum
Tuna Pancake Ingredients
Tuna Pancake Ingredients

And don’t be shy to vary the quantities of the vegetables according to your taste. These quantities are what we found to work best for us after many tries preparing Tuna Pancakes.

Also there are another few ingredients you’ll need for the side dipping sauce.

  • 1 Table Spoon of Soy Sauce
  • Chilly Powder (a little)
  • Vinegar (a little)

I do recommend having the pancakes with the side dipping sauce all times as it completes the flavour of the pancakes perfectly. Somehow having them without the sauce makes them feel incomplete.

The Preparation

Let’s move on to how to prepare the pancakes. The process is really easy and fast so I’m sure any of you will be able to prepare this simple yet tasty recipe.

1. Chop the vegetables. First step is to chop up the vegetables, chop them up into small cubes and you can see in the image below. You don’t need to go crazy small in the size just don’t make them too big or they won’t cook properly.

Chopped Carrot for Tuna Pancakes
Chopped Carrot for Tuna Pancakes
Vegetables for Tuna Pancakes
Vegetables for Tuna Pancakes

2. Add All ingredients to a bowl. Prepare the tuna and remove the oil from it. You don’t need to be very thorough there can be some oil left, it’s not a problem. Actually it helps if there is a little left. So you’ll add all your chopped vegetables, 3 eggs, the 6 table spoons of flour, the teaspoon of salt and sugar and the tuna.

Vegetables in a bowl for the pancakes
Vegetables in a bowl for the pancakes

3. Mix it all up. Now mix all the ingredients up with a spoon. Take particular care in breaking up the tuna so it spreads out evenly in the mix. Once everything is evenly mixed, you’re ready to cook the pancakes.

The prepared Tuna Pancake Mix
The prepared Tuna Pancake Mix

Let’s get Cooking

4. Cooking the Pancakes. Pour frying oil in a pan, making sure there is enough oil so that the mix won’t stick to the pan’s surface. If it’s your first time try to match the quantity you see in our photos. When that’s set and done turn on the burner and let the oil warm up. When the oil is hot enough add a scoop of the mix. You don’t need to push it down or anything like that. Just let it cook. When you realise the first side is solid enough flip them over and make the other side cook. Now you can push them down gently, to give them that pancake like appearance.

Cooking the Tuna Pancakes
Cooking the Tuna Pancakes
Flipping the Tuna Pancakes
Flipping the Tuna Pancakes

5. Dry the pancakes on a paper towel. As for every fried food make sure that after you have removed them from the pan, you place them on a plate covered with kitchen paper towels. So that they will absorb any excess oil, making the tuna pancakes lighter and healthier to eat.

The Side/Dipping Sauce

And that’s it! Easy wasn’t it? All that’s left to do now is set the table and prepare the dipping sauce.

For that get a small side dish plate as we did or a tiny table bowl or anything that works like that and place 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, pour a drop of vinegar in it and lastly add the chilly powder. The quantity of vinegar and chilly depend on your personal taste so you’ll find your sweet spot as you get more used to preparing the pancakes.

Enjoy

Table Set with Tuna Pancakes
Table Set with Tuna Pancakes

Tuna pancakes are really easy to eat so it doesn’t take a lot of concentration. Therefore they are a perfect K-Drama food. What do I mean by that? That they are a perfect quick tv dinner to eat while watching your favourite Korean TV series!