| Recipe | Spinach + Cheese Chijimi

One of my new favourite things to experiment with in the kitchen for quick weekday dinners is chijimi. Chijimi is a Japanese version of the originally Korean jeon. I must say that my versions are so far away from anything even mildly authentic usually consist of whatever I happen to have in the fridge.

My latest version a spinach and cheese chijimi which though unconventional is so tasty especially with the accompany savoury sour dipping sauce.

Worshipblues' unconventional Spinach + Cheese Chijimi:

Ingredients for the chijimi:

1 bag of spinach 
2 eggs
4 or 5 tablespoons of plain flour
a pinch of dashi stock powder (optional)
2 tablespoons of water
1/2 a teaspoon of sugar
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt to taste
Grated cheese 

Ingredients for the sauce:

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 teaspoon of gochujang
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of ground sesame seeds


1. Put the spinach in a pot and pour boiling water over it. Drain in a large sieve and run under cold water. 

2. Tightly squeeze out the water from the spinach and then roughly chop into 1cm pieces.

3. Beat eggs in a bowl. Add water, dashi, sugar and flour and mix well.

4. Stir in the spinach. Gently whisk until bubbles form.

5. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. 

6. When the oil is hot, add in half the spinach mix and spread it across the pan as thinly and as evenly as you can. When it has set into shape, take the pan off the heat.

7. While the mix is still in the pan, sprinkle a thin layer of grated cheese over the mix.

8. When the cheese starts to soften, add the remainder of the mix and cover.

9. Flip the chijimi over until brown on both sides. 


Mix together the vinegar, sugar and gochujang in a small bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds and then stir in the sesame oil, seeds and sou sauce.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe, Sumi! I may try this one -- maybe a little less hot on the sauce.

  2. I don't know chijimi so I'm not sure what is supposed to be in them, but for me, anything with cheese and spinach is a pretty safe bet. I feel like this is a combination of a Japanese dish and spanikopita, which I love, and that makes me doubly intrigued to give it a go.

  3. I haven't tried chijimi before! I like the sound of your version, gotta love spinach and cheese. It sort of reminds me of spinach and cheese gozleme.

  4. This looks so good, I will be over soon :))))) Love spinach and cheese :)))) xx

  5. it looks yummy! I have to try this recipe :)

  6. ooooooh this looks good, i love spinach and cheese together

  7. i haven't heard about chijimi before but it reminds me, a lot, a type of spinach pie we make in Greece!

  8. Oh my gosh Yasumi! This looks so delicious. One of my favorite things about growing up was smelling my mama cook jeon in the kitchen and then eating it afterwards :) This post brings back a lot of memories (and memory smells) :)

  9. YUMMMMMMY!!!!!
    This makes me hungry

  10. Oh wow this looks soooo good! I'll have to try this out this week!


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