Vietnamese Seafood Pancakes (Bánh Xèo)…

A trip to Vietnam will definitely inspire your inner chef.

While in Da Nang, Vietnam, Bánh Xèo (which means “sizzling cake”) was a popular dish found not only in restaurants but local street stalls as well.

Here’s my version of this delicious crispy Vietnamese savory pancake.

*You can always substitute pork or chicken mince for seafood, and experiment with different vegetables of your choice

Bánh Xèo from Vietnam…


My homecooked version of Bánh Xèo


Serves: 6 – 8

Prep Time: 1 ½ hr

Cooking time: 20 mins




1 ½ cups rice flour

½ cup cornflour

½ cup coconut milk

1 ½ cups cold water

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp salt

1 egg

vegetable oil, to cook


24 cooked prawns, cleaned, peeled and butterflied in half. Alternatively, you can pan fry 24 green/raw prawns and keep aside.

1 cup beans sprouts, trimmed

2 carrots, thinly shredded

¼ cabbage finely shredded

3 spring onions finely sliced

¼ cup coriander leaves, plus extra, to serve

¼ cup Vietnamese mint leaves, plus extra, to serve

Lettuce leaves to wrap

Dipping Sauce:

1 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp fish sauce

1 small chopped chili

1 small clove garlic crushed

Small handful chopped coriander leaves



Combine all batter ingredients in a bowl. Stir until a smooth batter forms. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour.

To make the dipping sauce, combine all the dipping sauce ingredients into a small bowl, stir to dissolve sugar and set aside.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brush with vegetable oil then add ½ cup batter, swirling pan to form a thin pancake. Top half of one side of the pancake with one-eighth of the sprouts, carrots, cabbage, spring onions, herbs and 3 prawns. Once the pancake becomes golden, flip pancake in half to cover filling and cook for a further minute to warm through, then remove once the pancake is cooked and crispy with a spatula and place on a serving plate. Repeat with remaining batter and filling ingredients. Cut and serve rolled in the lettuce leaves and with the chili dipping sauce.

Vietnamese pancakes 1

Vietnamese pancakes 2

Vietnamese pancakes 5


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39 thoughts on “Vietnamese Seafood Pancakes (Bánh Xèo)…

  1. These look like a cross between a crepe and a spring roll! Delicious!! I must try them. Your Vietnamese experience has left you with more than sightseeing memories.


  2. Oh Lorelle! I am so excited to see this post. Banh Xeo is my absolute favourite thing to eat in Vietnam, but we can’t get it at our Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore. Now, I can make it using with your recipe!!!!

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