Pancakes don’t have to be sweet. They can definitely be savory and piled high with toppings such as avocado, vegan sour cream, and even hot sauce! These 15 savory pancakes are wonderful to make when you’re craving a savory breakfast, but want to mix it up a little. Many are made using chickpea flour, which tends to work best to add another level of savory. Don’t forget to check out these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
1. Savory Chickpea Pancakes
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These Savory Chickpea Pancakes by Harriet Porterfield are made with chickpea flour, which is naturally gluten-free, full of protein, super delicious, and usually pretty cheap compared to other gluten-free flours. These are so tasty and could easily be made into a couple of big pancakes rather than mini ones, you could even fold them over and stuff them like an omelet.
2. Tomato, Chive, and Chickpea Pancakes
Who said pancakes had to be sweet? They can also be savory and made into these vegan pancakes. Tomato, Chive, and Chickpea Pancakes by The Kind Cook are mixed with semi-dried tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, and chives, this vegan pancake is the perfect savory big breakfast or lunch.
3. Crispy Zucchini Pancakes
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Go the savory route for your next breakfast with these crispy zucchini pancakes. These Crispy Zucchini Pancakes by Melanie Sorrentino are from chickpea flour, shredded zucchini, and seasoned with onion, garlic, and garam masala, these fritter-like pancakes are light enough to enjoy a stack but filling enough to keep you satisfied until lunch. Serve with a drizzle of Sriracha or a dollop of vegan mayo for a more refreshing take.
4. Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata: Italian Chickpea Pancake
Farinata is an Italian specialty – a thin, unleavened pancake or crepe made of chickpea flour. In this Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata: Italian Chickpea Pancake by Hannah Teson, the farinata is made with roasted potatoes and sautéed onions for a warm and comforting dish that’s perfect for chilly nights. Sprinkle some sage on top for some added fragrance and herby flavor.
5. Kimchi Potato Pancakes
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These Kimchi Potato Pancakes by Hyeon Jeong Yoon taste spicy and savory-sweet. They are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Ready in less than 15 minutes, super delicious and vegan too!
6. Pico Pineapple Potato Pancakes
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Potato pancakes should be a thing year-round. They’re simple to jazz up with vegan sour cream and other dips and sauces, and who wouldn’t want a potato pancake? These Pico Pineapple Potato Pancakes by Annie McGee are unique with the caramelized pineapple and pico de gallo. Yum.
7. Persian Style Potato Pancakes
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In Arabic and Persian cuisines there is a type of thick baked omelet or frittata that can utilize almost any vegetable (but always contains some green herbs). Sometimes the mixture is made into small “pancakes” or “patties” and is shallow-fried in oil or clarified butter instead of baked. This Persian Style Potato Pancakes by Bryanna Clark Grogan is egg-free and made with only a little oil.
8. Potato Leek Hash Brown Pancakes With Homemade Ketchup
Ever have a craving for hash browns but don’t want to go through all the steps to make them? Well you’re in luck because Potato Leek Hash Brown Pancakes With Homemade Ketchup by Renee Press gives you all of the flavor and none of the fuss. All you need is a basic blender and a bowl and you’re on your way to fast, hashbrowny goodness in about 5-10 minutes. You can add in other veggies like spinach, or use half sweet potato half russet potato. Serve with condiments of choice, though ketchup is the good ol’ American standby.
9. Kremidotiganites (Greek Savory Onion Pancakes)
Savory pancakes (tiganites) are a staple in Greek cooking. A light batter with assorted vegetable fillings make these Kremidotiganites (Greek Savory Onion Pancakes) by Kiki Vagianos a satisfying meal and a great quick snack. Here we have the perfect combination of sweet white onions and a bit of fresh mint. Want to know a secret that really pumps up these flavors? Sweat your onions before adding them to the batter! Gently sweating, not frying or sautéing the onions really brings out their natural sweetness and together with the chopped mint leaves, makes these savory onion pancakes irresistible!
10. Pudla: Indian Spinach Pancakes With Chili Yogurt
Pudla are a type of traditional Indian savory pancakes, usually containing just chickpea flour, yogurt, and spices, which makes them a perfectly simple, healthy, and versatile meal. For these Pudla: Indian Spinach Pancakes With Chili Yogurt by Mira Manek , a handful of spinach and finely chopped onions are thrown into the mix and they’re served with spiced yogurt and crunchy radishes. They are best served thin and hot, right off the stove, although they can also be eaten cold.
11. Pancake Calzone
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This Pancake Calzone by Florian Nouh is all sorts of tasty fusion. It’s savory and fluffy with a delicious filling made of smoked tofu, sweet potato, and super fresh spinach. Add some coconut curry paste and a saucy cashew cheese drizzle on top and there’s no doubt that this dish is a winner. Enjoy this in the morning or when you’re craving breakfast for dinner!
12. Quinoa Flour, Zucchini, and Peas Pancakes
Take advantage of zucchini’s bright color by making these vibrant Quinoa Flour, Zucchini, and Peas Pancakes by Gunjan Dudani! These fluffy pancakes are made with green peas, zukes, bananas, and vanilla extract, for a sweet, green mix. Serve them with maple syrup and plenty of fruit!
13. Scallion Pancakes With Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce
While the traditional recipe may or may not have dairy or eggs, this Scallion Pancakes With Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce by Gabrielle St. Claire is just as good as the one you’ll order in a restaurant and costs peanuts to make! Serve them as an appetizer along with the homemade ginger soy dipping sauce. Once you try these crispy pancakes once, you will never want to order takeout again.
14. Scallion Pancakes
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These Scallion Pancakes by Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo have cheesy undertones and a sprinkling of scallions are the perfect snack or light dinner for when you want to eat healthily but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. And since they’re made with chickpea flour they’re lighter and less greasy than your typical scallion pancake. Easy and delicious!
15. Gluten-Free Scallion Pancakes
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