Crabstick Jeon

맛살전, MatSal Jeon

This side dish is made with crabsticks, eggs, flour, and different kinds of vegetables. This food brings back memories of my school days. When somebody brought this side dish to school, it was very popular with their friends. Depending on what you have or what you like, you can substitute, add, or delete some of the vegetables. You can also use shrimp instead of the crabsticks. If you have a chance to make a Korean lunch box for somebody, this is a good food for it.

Yield: 1 Dozen Pancakes

Short Korean Lesson

  • MatSal (맛살) = Fake Crab Stick
  • GoChu (고추) = Hot Pepper

Main Ingredients

  • 4 Korean Crabsticks (1 Cup Chopped)
  • 3 Eggs
  • ⅓ Onion (⅓ Cup Chopped)
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Carrot
  • 1 or 2 Hot Peppers
  • 6 Tbsp Flour
  • ¼ Tsp Salt



Chop 4 Korean crabsticks (1 cup), ⅓ of an onion (⅓ cup), 1 Green Onion, 1 Tbsp of carrot, and 1 or 2 Hot Peppers finely. If you do not like hot peppers, you can use sweet peppers instead.


Break and then beat 3 eggs.


Add the chopped vegetables and crabsticks to the egg and then mix everything together.


Add 6 Tbsp of flour to the mixture. I mixed all-purpose flour, Korean pancake mix (Jeon flour), and frying mix to get better texture. If you do not have them, it is okay to just use normal flour.


Add ¼ tsp of salt and mix again.


When you scoop the batter, it should not run off the spoon. Get a spoonful of batter.


In a oiled pan, put a spoonful of batter and make the shape round. Plenty of oil gives better flavor. Fry them on medium with patience.


When the bottom of the jeon becomes golden brown, flip it over. When the other side of jeon becomes golden brown as in the picture, it is done.


They look pretty and delicious. Of course, they taste good too. I want to share this crabstick jeon with you. Here you go~~~ Thanks!


  1. Kyeng says

    Hi Aeri! I have a discerning 14 month old daughter, she only eats tasty and fresh food. I’ve made this for her twice and she gobbles it down! The three eggs gives this dish a nice custardy texture. I substitute zucchini for the hot pepper because she’s too young for spicy foods. Delicioso! I’m going to try the meat jeon next. Im going to try it with ground turkey as the protein component.


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