Shortcut Chinese Scallion Pancakes

scallion pancakes stacked in a black skillet

These shortcut Chinese scallion pancakes taste similar to the traditional version, but without having to deal with kneading or rolling dough. The batter comes together in about 5 minutes.
a close-up of sliced scallion pancakes
Chinese scallion pancakes (葱油饼, pronounced cōngyóubǐng) is a favorite of mine. Layers of dough intermixed with chopped scallions and pan-fried until crisp. It’s actually more like a flatbread rather than a pancake. It’s not too hard to make and I’ve shared my method before, but I’m usually too lazy to make it unless I have my siblings or other helpers around to do most of the labor. Recently I came across a shortcut recipe from China Sichuan Food that had me intrigued.

a process photo collage showing the batter being mixed with chopped scallions
Her method involved a liquid pancake batter, which is then poured into a pan and cooked.
overhead photo of scallion pancakes
And the verdict? Pretty good! Of course, it’s not going to have all the layers of a traditional one and the texture isn’t quite the same, but it tastes similar and is a good recipe to have when you need something quick.

a close-up photo of scallion pancakes garnished with sliced scallions stacked in a skillet

It took me a few tries to get the hang of it and I’ve tried to describe my process in detail below. I made some slight changes from the original recipe, so my  version is below, but please be sure to visit China Sichuan Food for her original recipe and directions (and gorgeous photos).


Shortcut Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 pancakes

These shortcut Chinese scallion pancakes taste similar to the traditional version, but they are so much easier to make. You don't need to deal with kneading or rolling dough and the batter comes together in about 5 minutes.


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 440 ml water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped green scallions
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Add flour, salt, and water to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Stir in scallions.

  2. Add 1 tbsp of oil and spread across an 8-inch skillet, and bring to medium-high heat on the stove. I tried both with a nonstick skillet and a cast iron skillet. The non-stick skillet is easier for cooking and requires less oil, but doesn't develop as nice of a golden crust as the cast iron skillet.

  3. Once heated, pour just enough batter to cover almost the entire surface of the pan. Let pancake cook in oil until edges turn opaque and pancake is solid enough to flip to the other side. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter. Before each new pancake, add another 1/2 tbsp of oil to the pan because each pancake absorbs a lot of the oil. You don't want to skimp too much on oil as it is a key ingredient to the flavor. (The literal translation for this dish is scallion oil pancake.)


Recipe slightly adapted from China Sichuan Food

Nutrition Facts
Shortcut Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 pancake)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.9g15%
Saturated Fat 7.5g47%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1g
Sodium 187.2mg8%
Carbohydrates 64.3g21%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 0.7g1%
Protein 8.7g17%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
Net Carbs 62g124%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.


2 comments on “Shortcut Chinese Scallion Pancakes”

  1. Sounds pretty easy, I’ll definitely try making it.

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