Shrimp-Scallion Pancakes

shrimp-scallion pancakes
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallion greens (from 1 bunch)
  • 6 ounces thawed frozen cooked shrimp, patted dry and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 head boston lettuce
  • 1 carrot, shredded


In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup water. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Stirring, slowly pour in 3/4 cup of the boiling water until just incorporated. Knead briefly until a dough forms, adding more water in very small increments if needed. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead for 1 minute more. Return to the bowl; cover with a damp cloth.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape each into a square. On a floured surface, roll 1 dough square into a 7-by-10-inch rectangle. Brush the top with 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil; fold in half. Brush with 1 1/2 tsp. more sesame oil; fold in half again. Repeat with the remaining dough squares.

Roll each dough piece into an 8-by-11-inch rectangle. Distribute the scallions and shrimp lengthwise over half of each rectangle. Fold the other half over the filling; fold in half again. Roll into 9-inch pancakes.

In a skillet, heat 3 tbsp. vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the pancakes 1 at a time, turning once, until golden, 5 minutes. Add more vegetable oil to the skillet as needed. Transfer the pancakes to paper towels to drain. Cut each one into 8 wedges.

In a small bowl, combine the tamari, vinegar, sugar and 1 1/2 tbsp. water. In a medium bowl, toss the lettuce and carrot with the remaining 1 tbsp. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 1 tbsp. of the tamari mixture. Serve the pancakes with the salad and the remaining sauce for dipping.