Our 13 Best Sweet and Savory Pancake Recipes

In many Catholic and Anglican communities, particularly in the UK and Ireland, pancakes or similar rich breads are consumed on Shrove Tuesday before the Lenten fast begins, but there are also plenty of other reasons to eat pancakes for breakfast—or for any meal. If you like your pancakes sweet, try covering them in dulce de leche, fresh fruits, or lemon crema. If savory is more your thing, we've got the perfect Korean scallion pancakes, cottage cheese pancakes, and mung bean pancakes that will take this popular breakfast food from breakfast to dinner. No matter how you like your pancakes, we've got the 13 best ways to enjoy them.

Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche

Panqueque of granny smith apples with dulce de leche
Soft apples with a hint of tartness balance a bittersweet caramelized crust, spurred on by rich dulce de leche. Get the recipe for Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche »Matt Taylor-Gross

Grilled Banana-Pear Pancake

Banana Split Gratin
A thick yet fluffy pancake full of creamy bananas, smooth hints of pear, and crunchy pine nuts over a heap of cool crème fraîche. "This is good with any ripe banana," Mallmann says, so if you have extra-sweet varieties besides the ubiquitous Cavendish available, use them. Get the recipe for Grilled Banana-Pear Pancake »Matt Taylor-Gross

Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt

Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt
These thick, dinner pancakes are filled with cilantro, warm spices, and nutrient rich sprouted chickpeas. Get the recipe for Sprouted Chickpea Socca with Herb Salad and Yogurt »Ryan Liebe

Korean Scallion Pancakes (Pajeon)

korean scallion pancakes
These crispy fried scallion pancakes from chef Hooni Kim, traditionally paired with a refreshing makgeolli, or Korean rice beer, can be a vehicle for any number of ingredients. Instead of, or in addition to, the scallions, you can fill pajeon with garlic chives, ramps, chrysanthemum leaves, small squid, shrimp, thin slices of Korean chile, or julienned carrots. To get the pancakes as crispy as possible, make sure the batter is very cold and the pan smoking hot and slicked with plenty of oil. Get the recipe for Korean Scallion Pancakes (Pajeon) »Jason Lang

Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and Dill

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
These old school Polish pancakes are lighter, fluffier, and cheesier than the batter-based standard. Get the recipe for Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and Dill »Matt Taylor-Gross

Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)
Applesauce is the perfect foil for these savory, golden fried pancakes, a mix of starchy potatoes, flour, and eggs. Get the recipe for Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) »Todd Coleman

Mung Bean Pancakes

Mung Bean Pancakes
A traditional Korean street food, fermented mung bean pancakes are typically served with a seasoned soy sauce for dipping. Get the recipe for Mung Bean Pancakes »Saveur

Sour Milk Griddle Cakes

Sour Milk Griddle Cakes
Rustic sour-milk pancakes make for a delicious breakfast, especially when topped stewed blueberries and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Sour Milk Griddle Cakes »Tim Mazurek

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes
Whole wheat pastry flour makes for a smooth, fluffy pancake. Get the recipe for Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes »Maxime Iattoni

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Strawberry Griddle Cakes
Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes »Ingalls Photography

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Crema

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Crema, Breakfast
Granola and quinoa lend a sneaky earthy-crunchy vibe to these substantial, fluffy pancakes from Dennis Bernard, chef de cuisine of Chicago's Dove's Luncheonette. Get the recipe for Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Crema »Joseph De Leo

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake
Browned in the oven, this large format pancake makes for a fun alternative to the traditional griddle cakes. Get the recipe for Dutch Baby Pancake »MacKenzie Smith

Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup (Malpura)

Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup (Malpura)
Ricotta pancakes soaked in cardamom syrup and sprinkled with pistachios make a creamy, ethereal dessert. Get the recipe for Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup (Malpura) »Ariana Lindquist