10 Pancake Recipes From Around the World

Sweet or savory, breakfast or dessert—there's no wrong way to love pancakes

When you think of pancakes, the first thing that comes to mind may be the maple syrup and butter-topped rounds that instantly transport you to warm Sunday mornings. But around the world, pancakes aren't so much a single dish as a category: they can be sweet or savory, served at breakfast or dinner.

Some of our best breakfasts of course fall under the pancake category: jazz things up with our Argentinian banana-and-pear version or one with apples and dulce de leche. But the savory side is equally exciting: who doesn't love scallion pancakes, one of our best Chinese recipes or Acadian ployes? We've rounded up our favorite pancake recipes from around the world.

Panqueque of granny smith apples with dulce de leche

Argentinian Giant Apple and Dulce de Leche Pancake

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

Midwestern Supper Pancakes

These delicately sweet and savory pancakes, given lift by yeast and flavored with some bacon fat. They're perfect for rolling up around crisp sausages, but are good filled pretty much everything and eaten any time of day. Get the recipe for Midwestern Supper Pancakes »Matt Taylor-Gross
Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)

Italian Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)

Essentially torn pieces of pancake topped with oozing lingonberry or cranberry sauce, this dessert is a cinch, even for the baking-challenged. Get the recipe for Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn) »Tom Parker
Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Polish Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and Dill (Lidvikis)

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

Argentinian Banana-Pear Pancake

A thick yet fluffy pancake full of creamy bananas, smooth hints of pear, and crunchy pine nuts over a heap of cool crème fraîche. Get the recipe for Argentinian Banana-Pear Pancake »Matt Taylor-Gross
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Acadian Buckwheat Pancakes (Ployes)

Ployes—traditional Acadian pancakes—are a cross between pancakes and airy crumpets, and are the best thing to spread with butter and mop up a pot of beans or fricot, traditional Acadian chicken and dumpling stew. Get the recipe for Acadian Buckwheat Pancakes (Ployes) »Matt Taylor-Gross
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Indian Fermented Lentil and Rice Crêpes(Dosas)

These savory crêpes are made with pounded, soaked rice and black lentils. When preparing them, it's important to spread the batter quickly from the center of the pan to the edges to ensure wide, thin, evenly cooked crêpes. Get the recipe for Indian Fermented Lentil and Rice Crêpes (Dosas) »David Hagerman
Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Crisp, savory and easy to make, scallion pancakes are great for crowd-pleasing appetizers or snacks. Get the recipe for Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing) »Todd Coleman
Whole Mung Bean Pancakes (Pesarattu)

Whole Mung Bean Pancakes (Pesarattu)

Among the most beloved dishes in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is the pesarattu, a savory pancake made with a batter of whole mung beans. Get the recipe for Indian Whole Mung Bean Pancakes (Pesarattu) »Ingalls Photography
Korean Mung Bean Pancakes with Dipping Sauce (Bindaeduk Cho Kanjang)

Korean Mung Bean Pancakes with Dipping Sauce (Bindaeduk Cho Kanjang)

These savory Korean pancakes are made from a batter of ground mung beans flecked with pork, scallions, and pungent kimchi. Get the recipe for Korean Mung Bean Pancakes with Dipping Sauce (Bindaeduk Cho Kanjang) »Ingalls Photography