Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki

Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki Sauce |

I’m not sure how to explain it, but when I see fresh peas at the market, I simply can not resist. I buy them without plans, and sometimes they just get thrown in to whatever is the shining star in xyz dish. But I feel that this has been a little unfair to these little green baubles, and I’ve been looking for new ways to enjoy spring’s sweetest peas.

Peas for Pea Pancakes with

Chats with friends and discussions on Instagram brought forth oodles of suggestions, but one that caught my eye was an idea from a good friend. “Pea pancakes,” she urged. There was a recipe on Bon Appetit, and I hunted it down. Thank goodness for the internet – it took all of 4 seconds.

Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki Sauce | | Peas in a savory batter.

I was intrigued, but of course, I can’t do pea pancakes without giving it my own spin. I wanted them to have a little tang, a little spring in its step…so I whirled some creme fraiche and goat cheese into the batter. And for serving, some creamy dollops of tzatziki seemed like a very good idea. Straight out of the pan, the tzatziki imparted its cool freshness to the still hot pancakes, the peas giving their little pops of sweetness with each bite.

I must say, Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki was a very good way to give peas a chance.

Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki Sauce | | Try these savory pancakes for lunch, brunch, or as an appetizer.

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Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki

Yield: Makes 10-12 pancakes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Try putting peas into these savory pancakes. They're wonderful for appetizers, lunch or brunch.


1 cup shelled fresh peas
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for boiling water
3 large eggs
1/2 cup creme fraiche
4 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for skillet
2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted, for serving
1/2 cup tzatziki, for serving


Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Season the water with salt, then cook the peas for about 2-3 minutes. Drain completely and set aside.

In a blender, blend the eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, creme fraiche, goat cheese, flour and oil until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the peas and chives.

Heat a little oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the pancakes in batches using a 1/3 cup to measure and pour the batter into the pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then turn when the edges are bubbly and the bottom of the pancakes are golden. Flip and cook on the other side for about another minute or two. Continue until all the pancakes are cooked.

Drizzle with melted butter and served sprinkled with chives and topped with tzatziki.

Adapted from Pea Pancakes, Bon Appetit (April, 2013).

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by Liren Baker on May 4, 2015

17 Responses to “Pea Pancakes with Tzatziki”

  1. shamit khemka May 4, 2015 @ 12:34 am (#

    Delicious!Totally want to try your recipe.Voted for you! All the best!
    These look fantastic.These are beautiful!
    One of my favorite foods for summer. 
    Definitely trying your version soon .

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  6. Aimee @ Simple Bites May 4, 2015 @ 6:00 am (#

    I love these pancakes! What a creative idea. I’m thinking my Mother’s Day brunch would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. :)

  7. Liz @ Floating Kitchen May 4, 2015 @ 6:16 am (#

    These look so awesome, Liren! Peas are definitely too cute to resist! Love them in these savory pancakes! 

  8. Cookin Canuck May 4, 2015 @ 7:54 am (#

    What a fantastic idea, particularly the goat cheese whirred into the batter.  I can never resist peas either, and now I want to head straight to the farmer’s market so I can make this recipe.

  9. Melissa @ Bless this Mess May 4, 2015 @ 4:08 pm (#

    I have never ever thought to use peas like this but I think I’m in love! I love scallion pancakes and fresh peas are pretty much the most delicious food ever… this is happening soon!

  10. Becky May 4, 2015 @ 7:53 pm (#

    I can’t help but snatch up all of the fresh peas either!!  Now I have another recipe to use them in!!  And the more tzatziki uses the better!  You’ll have to try my pea carbonara too :)

  11. Heidi+@foodiecrush May 5, 2015 @ 8:44 am (#

    These look so amazingly fresh. Creme fraiche me every day of the week. 

  12. Maria May 8, 2015 @ 6:05 am (#

    Yay for peas!

  13. Laura+(Tutti+Dolci) May 8, 2015 @ 7:43 pm (#

    I love fresh peas too, they scream spring to me! Love the side of tzatziki!

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  15. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen June 2, 2015 @ 7:21 pm (#

    These pea pancakes sound to die for – with creme fraiche and goat cheese swirled in?! I’m already drooling. 

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