Bold Korean Tuna and Eggplant Pancakes

Bold Korean Tuna and Eggplant Pancakes
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Tuna, Eggplant, flour, food processor

These savory Korean pancakes are a bold and flavorful twist on the classic 'jeon' (Korean pancakes). Combining the rich taste of tuna with the smoky flavor of eggplant, this dish is sure to impress. Perfect for a fiery dinner party or a satisfying weeknight meal.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large eggplant, diced
  • 2 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Dice the eggplant into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place the diced eggplant in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and let it sit for about 20 minutes to draw out the moisture.
  3. Rinse the eggplant under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cold water, and eggs.
  5. Use a whisk to mix until you have a smooth batter.
  6. In a food processor, pulse the drained tuna and diced eggplant until they are finely chopped but not pureed.
  7. Add the chopped green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper to the food processor and pulse a few more times to combine.
  8. Add the tuna and eggplant mixture to the batter and stir until everything is well combined.
  9. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add a generous amount of vegetable oil.
  10. Once the oil is hot, ladle a scoop of the batter into the skillet, spreading it out to form a pancake about 4-5 inches in diameter.
  11. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the pancakes are golden brown and crispy.
  12. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.
  13. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  14. Serve hot with a side of soy sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

These Korean Tuna and Eggplant Pancakes are a bold and flavorful dish that’s sure to become a favorite. The combination of tuna and eggplant creates a unique texture and taste, while the crispy exterior adds a satisfying crunch. Enjoy this dish with friends and family for a meal that's packed with flavor and excitement.

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