Celebrate Lunar New Year with Jeon – Korean Savory Pancakes

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many parts of the world, and food is an important part of the celebration! In South Korea, one of the most popular foods for Lunar New Year festivities is jeon, which are delicious, savory pancakes.

There are many types of jeon, including kimchi, potato, vegetable, and tofu jeon. Today, let’s make tuna jeon!

Tuna Jeon

Serves: 2


  • 1 can tuna (5-oz.)
  • 2 eggs
  • ~3 Tbs flour
  • ½ onion (or ¼ of a very large onion)
  • 1-2 green onions
  • 1 carrot (or ½ of a very large carrot)
  • 1/4 bell pepper
  • Jalapeño or other spicy pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, to pan-fry


  1. Clean and dice vegetables.
  2. Drain tuna.
  3. Place all ingredients except oil in a medium-large bowl. Thoroughly mix together.
  4. Heat a pan over medium/medium-high heat. Once the pan is warm, add oil.
  5. Scoop large spoonfuls of tuna mixture onto the pan, leaving space between each spoonful. These will be your tuna jeon!
  6. Once the undersides have browned, flip tuna jeon to cook through.
  7. Serve warm, with dipping sauce if you like.
Dice tuna jeon vegetables
Dice vegetables

Place ingredients in a bowl and mix together

Pan-fry the tuna jeon


  • These are just ideas of vegetables and amounts – feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand!
  • Serve with a dipping sauce. To about a 1-to-1 mixture of soy sauce and vinegar, add ingredients like gochugaru (red pepper flakes), garlic, and sesame oil and/or sesame seeds.

Enjoying getting creative in the kitchen and putting your own spin on these jeon or creating a different kind of jeon and dipping sauce all together!