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7 Savory Pancakes for Any Time of Day

Simple to assemble, savory pancakes are a universal comfort food. Their versatility is indicated by the many variations served around the world: Turkish zucchini pancakes, Korean vegetable pajeon and Japanese okonomiyaki. Fluffy and light or crisp and pan-fried, savory pancakes are a natural vehicle for using up leftovers or pantry ingredients.

This pancake mix uses basic pantry staples and makes about 8 pancakes: Whisk together 1 1/2 cups/190 grams all-purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs and 1 cup milk. Add the dry pancake mix to the wet mixture all at once, then stir the batter just until the large streaks of flour disappear but lots of small lumps remain. (Overmixing the batter can lead to dense, chewy pancakes.) Gently fold in 1 1/2 to 2 cups mix-ins, but don’t go overboard: Too many and the pancakes won’t cook properly. (Though the assembly is speedy, you can combine the dry ingredients in advance and store in an airtight container until ready to use.)

To cook, heat a light coating of canola oil in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low, then ladle in 1/3 cupfuls of batter, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook pancakes until golden brown underneath and bubbles rise and pop on top, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip pancakes (avoid the urge to press them!) and cook until pancakes are puffy and batter is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.

As for mix-ins, the suggestions below will get you started, but the options are seemingly endless — and can be determined based on the contents of your fridge.

  • Fish Cakes With Capers and Sour Cream: Flaked canned tuna or smoked fish (trout, salmon, whitefish), capers and chopped dill or parsley. Top with sour cream.

  • Spinach and Chickpeas: Frozen chopped spinach (thawed, and squeezed in dish towel to remove excess water), chickpeas and crumbled feta or goat cheese. Drizzle with tahini mixed with lemon juice.

  • Chicken and Corn: Chopped cooked chicken, frozen corn (thawed) and shredded Cheddar. Top with salsa or pesto.

  • Zucchini and Peppers: Grated zucchini (squeezed in dish towel to remove excess water), chopped roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes and grated Parmesan. Top with tapenade or tzatziki.

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