Jeon - Korean Family Fritters

Jeon - Korean Family Fritters

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Carolyn Haas


These appetizers were traditionally part of family gatherings to commemorate relatives who have passed away. Now they can be found everywhere, even from street vendors. There are other varieties, such as cod and pork meatballs, etc. During the Korean War, food was scarce. American soldiers introduced Spam from their rations and voila!


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15 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • ·
    assorted jeon pieces (see below)
  • ·
    cho ganjang/ dipping sauce

  • 4
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1 tsp
  • JEON #1

  • 1 medium
    zucchini, 1/2 inch slices
  • JEON #1

  • 8
    scallions, cut in thirds
  • 10 oz
    spam, sliced the same size as scallions.

How to Make Jeon - Korean Family Fritters


  1. Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water while you prepare everything else.
  2. Make coating: beat eggs in a bowl, set aside. In separate bowl, sift together flour and salt.
  3. Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium - low heat.
  4. Slice zucchini.
  5. Alternately thread scallions and Spam slices onto skewers (so they look like a layer cake slice!)
  6. Toss prepared jeon pieces in flour until well coated, then dip into the beaten egg mixture.
  7. Shake off excess egg, add jeon pieces to skillet. Do not overcrowd. May need to fry in batches and add a little more oil for subsequent batches.
  8. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Adjust temperature if turning too dark. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with your choice of Korean Dipping sauce ( cho ganjang).

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About Jeon - Korean Family Fritters

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Korean

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