Sarah Yi Family Hobak Jeon Recipe

Restaurateur Sarah Yi shares her family’s recipe for Hobak Jeon (Korean zucchini fritters), a staple on their Thanksgiving table

Hobak (zucchini) Jeon

Note: You can make jeon — a Korean-style fritter — with any vegetables, fish, seafood or meats. Traditionally, jeon is most commonly made with Korean zucchini called ae hobak, tofu, fish, oysters, beef, and mushrooms. The following recipe is for hobak jeon but can be used interchangeably with any type of vegetable or protein.


  • 2 ae hobak (Korean green zucchini, but you can use any zucchini)
  • 1 cup flour (more or less as needed)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil (grape seed oil, corn, or vegetable oil) (more or less as needed)
  • 4 eggs (more or less as needed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash and cut the ae hobak into ¼ inch slices
  2. Lay flat on plate or large tray and season each side with salt and pepper
  3. Crack eggs into bowl and mix to create an egg wash
  4. Place flour in a separate bowl
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over low to medium heat
  6. Generously add cooking oil to pan
  7. Coat ae hobak slices completely with a thin layer of flour then dip entirely in bowl with egg wash
  8. Transfer the coated pieces to the pan to cook
  9. Repeat with all remaining pieces until your pan is full but not crowded
  10. Cook each side for 1 to 2 minutes until a light golden brown
  11. Remove cooked jeon onto paper towels to remove excess oil
  12. Guard jeon from family members as they will attempt to steal them
  13. Wipe down pan with a clean paper towel between each batch and use new oil to keep the jeon from browning too quickly or burning
Sarah Yi’s Hobak Jeon Recipe

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