Pajeon (Korean Style Piccata) with Scallion and Sakura Shrimp

Pajeon (Korean Style Piccata) with Scallion and Sakura Shrimp

This is colorful pajeon made with scallions. You can consume a lot of scallions this way. It's also a great dish when entertaining.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Scallions or green onions
1 bundle (100 g)
★ Flour
Little less than 1 tablespoon
Red bell peppers (thinly and vertically sliced)
3-4 pieces
Boiled sakura shrimp
1/3 cup (about 25 g)
☆ Egg
☆ Shio koji
1/2 teaspoon
☆ White pepper (or black pepper)
a pinch
Sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon
For the Vinegar soy sauce:
〇 Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
◯ Rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon
◯ Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
◯ Red pepper powder
A pinch
◯ Ground sesame (or chopped pine nuts)
1/2 tablespoon


1. Mix the 〇 ingredients and prepare the vinegar soy sauce. It turns out more authentic Korean using roasted and chopped pine nuts instead of ground sesame seeds.
2. Cut the thinly and vertically sliced red bell peppers in halves. You may substitute the bell peppers with julienned carrots or dried chili pepper strands.
3. Cut off the root ends of the scallions (or green onions), wash, lightly drain and cut into half lengths. I used green onions this time.
4. Cut the length of the scallions from Step 3 in half, and arrange the directions with an equal balance of the white and green parts on both ends.
5. Slit a plastic bag down the center and place the scallions from Step 4 on top. This is the way to use a plastic bag instead of a tray, to minimize clean-up.
6. Sprinkle the ★ flour over the scallions from Step 5 and coat them evenly.
7. Whisk the ☆ egg in a bowl. Add the ☆ shio koji and the ☆ white pepper (or black pepper). Mix well.
8. Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture from Step 7 over the scallions from Step 6. Flip the scallions using the plastic bag so that the egg mixture will evenly coat the scallions.
9. In a large pan, heat the sesame oil, place the egg-coated scallions in the pan and reduce the heat to low.
10. Shape by spreading out the scallions. I made it into a 14 cm wide piccata. My pan size is 28 cm diameter (slightly on the large side).
11. Once the piccata is shaped, sprinkle the sakura shrimp on top and press down on them. Pour in the remaining half of the egg mixture from Step 7.
12. Arrange the bell peppers from Step 2 on top. Make sure the heat is low enough not to burn the piccata.
13. Pour the rest of the egg mixture over the piccata from Step 12. Cook slowly over low heat.
14. Once it is browned, flip and pat lightly. Cook again slowly.
15. Now, it's ready to serve.
16. Trim the ends and cut into 8 pieces on a cutting board. Serve on a plate with the vinegar soy sauce from Step 1 on the side.
17. If the white part of the scallions are thick, cut them vertically so they can cook through well.
18. I used a home-made shio koji from 200 g of dried rice malt, 70 g of salt and 330 ml of water.

Story Behind this Recipe

I revised a recipe from a Korean cooking lesson I took more than 15 years ago. I substituted the shelled clams with boiled sakura shrimps and added shio koji to the egg for flavor.
This also goes with Japanese dishes. I often use this recipe for entertaining and have shared it with many people.