Crab Scallion Pancakes

by Renee on January 29, 2013

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Every had a recipe you have so much to say about? It is my situation with these Crab Scallion Pancakes. The story goes back for months. Forgive me if I am a little wordy in this post. There are a lot of parts to go with this simple recipe. I suppose the best place to start is from the beginning.

First there is my history with scallions. I could not stand them for most of my life. I would not eat them for anything. Then my tastes changed right about the time I was approaching 40. I started liking things I never liked before. Scallions became okay and then more okay and now I think I could eat one all by itself. Pile on the scallions please!

Then came a Sunday Supper event. It was back in September and featured recipes with 5 or less ingredients. Amy from Kimchi Mom shared her recipe for Pa Jun or Korean Scallion Pancakes. I had never seen or tasted a savory pancake before. Where have I been? I certainly have been missing out. Her post went into the back of my mind where it sat for a while, not forgotten, just on hold.

A bottle of rice bran oil arrived at my door. The nice folks at California Rice Oil Company had sent it to me to try. It was another oil I had not cooked with or used before. It was also during the holiday season. I was baking up a storm, entertaining, decorating  and didn’t have time to play with a new product. So it also sat for a while, not forgotten, just on hold.

A few weeks ago I discovered a new food store. My friend Terry asked me to go with her to check it out. The store has a big focus on Asian cuisine. It also has incredible fresh produce and seafood. We were browsing through and being amazed at what all was there. I saw this lady cooking scallion pancakes. She had samples so of course I had to give it a try. They were mixed seafood scallion pancakes and off the charts good. That is when I knew I had to make them.

Crab Scallion Pancakes | Magnolia Days

I had a discussion about oils with friends. One is quite a foodie who cooks and eats about anything. The other has a very strict diet and does not like spice or flavor. He also only eats egg whites. They were talking about him cooking scrambled egg whites. He would take a teaspoon of oil and wipe it on the stainless steel pan and then cook the egg whites. They said if he used olive oil they would have to soak the pan for hours to get them off. However, when he used rice bran oil the egg whites did not stick. So I thought if Mr. Strict Diet uses rice bran oil then I need to give it a try and soon.

Which brings me to finally cooking crab scallion pancakes. It was an adventure. I went by Amy’s recipe and discovered I cannot flip one big pancake. I tried twice and failed miserably. I decided to make them smaller like regular pancakes. I can flip those with no problem. I added the scallions and crab to the batter and then ladled the batter into the pan. It worked like a charm. I used the rice bran oil and I’m glad I did. I felt it was the right oil to cook Asian-style pancakes. The flavor of these pancakes is exactly what I wanted. The crab and scallions pair up nicely. The dipping sauce makes them even better.

I know I will use the rice bran oil often. I like that is has a high smoke point and I think it would work well for pan searing and frying. It is very mild and would not interfere with the flavors of food. You can check California Rice Oil Company’s store locator to find out where to get it in your area.

Have you ever had a long story for a small thing? I hope you have enjoyed all the details for my crab scallion pancakes. I may have left a few out too. Who knows, they might show up in a future post. Stay tuned…

Crab Scallion Pancakes

Makes about 6 4-inch pancakes.

Crab Scallion Pancakes

    For the pancakes:
  • 1 bunch (about 8) green onions
  • 1 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Few grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup ice water (less or more as needed)
  • 4 ounces claw crab meat
  • For the dipping sauce:
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Cut off the white end of the green onions and save for another recipe. Slice the green part thinly on a diagonal.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine. Whisk in the ice water until the batter is similar to traditional pancake batter. (Not too thick and not too thin). Stir in the scallions and crab.

Add a thin layer of cooking oil to the bottom of a large (12-inch) non-stick saute pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is hot and shimmery. Ladle the batter to the pan for the pancakes (about 3 or so 4-inch pancakes per batch). Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes until the edges look dried and bottom has browned. Flip pancakes and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes or until browned. Add more cooking oil as needed.

Transfer the cooked pancakes to a cutting board. Repeat cooking with the remaining batter.

Cut the pancakes into bite-sized pieces. Serve at room temperature with dipping sauce.

For the dipping sauce:

Place all ingredients except toasted sesame seeds in a jar with a lid. Shake to combine. Pour into dipping bowl. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top.

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Dipping sauce recipe adapted from one on About.com website.

Disclosure: I received one bottle of California Rice Oil Company Rice Bran Oil at no charge. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.

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Family Foodie January 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

Renee, these pancakes look amazing. I have never made a savory pancake and I am thinking that must change immediately!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks Isabel! I can see lots more savory pancakes in my future.

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Terry January 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

They look good. I did not taste the crab at all in the sample at Super H. Could you flip the big pancake to a plate and then back into the pan like with a frittata?
Thanks to our friend Sarah for turning us on to the Super H Mart.

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

I’ve never tried the transfer to a plate to flip back in the pan. I tried using two spatulas. Next time I attempt it I’ll have to try using the plate.

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) January 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

Hi Renee – Thanks for the mention! Your pancakes look amazing! And you’re so lucky to have an HMart nearby!

I put all sorts of stuff in my pancakes also. The other night I included leftover ham and grated zucchini. It’s my equivalent to a quesadilla!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Oh yum. Ham and zucchini sounds mighty tasty too. I’m so glad you shared your recipe because savory pancakes will happen often. So good.

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Susan January 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I love scallions pancakes and the addition of crab sounds fantastic!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks Susan! Any way I can get crab into a dish is good with me. I love crab.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife January 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Doesn’t it seem that the recipes/foods we put into the back of our minds always turn out to be amazing and then we’re kicking ourselves for not making it sooner! These look and sound fantastic!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

Yes! It makes me want to go and dig out all those recipes I’ve saved for years and years.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs January 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

That’s a long story for a small thing, but I’m glad that small thing really something that you enjoy. I’ve always loved scallion pancake. They have them frozen so what I do is bake them when I crave for them. But crab scallion pancake – definitely something that I need to try.

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yes, try making them because I think they would be better than store-bought.

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Roni January 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

This looks very tasty. Think I’m going to run out and get some crab this afternoon so I can make for dinner!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Ellen January 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Wow, this recipe sounds delish and so easy. I really appreciate easy. Cooking them in Rice Oil will make them less oily than other oils! I will make these soon!!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

I agree. I really like the way the rice oil cooks. I want to make a salad dressing with it too.

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Stacy January 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

These hit just about every note of flavor that I love. Crab, green onions, garlic, sesame oil and sriracha! We have an HMart in Houston and when I am home for the summer, you will find me there regularly, getting my Asian fix. I buy the baby octopus every time – only place I’ve found it fresh – plus lots of other goodies. I am glad to see Amy’s note about adding in other things because I haven’t found affordable crab meat in Dubai and I was thinking of substituting shrimp. Can’t wait to try these delicious pancakes!

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

Interesting that you cannot get crab meat in Dubai. Shrimp would be great in these pancakes too.

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The Ninja Baker January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

Very much reminds me of Japanese okonomiyaki pancakes. And your rendition of Amy’s recipe looks fabulous! Good to know about rice bran oil, too.

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks Kim! I’ll have to look up a recipe for the Japanese-style pancakes and try them too.

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Shelby | Diabetic Foodie January 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Heading out to look for rice bran oil …

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Renee January 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

I hope you find it. I think you will like it a lot.

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Katherine G February 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Yummy!!! They look so delicious.

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Renee February 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thanks Katherine!

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Tiffany February 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Yum! I like to do kimchi pancakes, and fried egg pancakes with fish oil, onion, and garlic. What Asian store did you go to? We have TONS right here by us. The produce is always super cheap and local a lot of the time!

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Renee February 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’ll have to try kimchi pancakes. I have not had them before. The Asian store is the Super H Mart.

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Tiffany February 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I love Super H. We also shop at Assi and Nam Dae Mun. The prices for produce are phenomenal!

kelly @ kellybakes February 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I feel like my life is one big story for one small thing, so clearly I LOVED the way you told this story! It’s funny how our lives piece themselves together bit by bit and we wind up we things we might never have imagined a few months or years before. I’ve never made an Asian style pancake, but my best friend happens to love crab and any member of the onion/scallion gang, so these might just be what I make for her the next time she visits!

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Renee February 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

Thanks Kelly! So true how our lives piece themselves together. It’s a good thing when it leads to wonderful discoveries.

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