This easy Millet Pancake Recipe is gluten-free and makes such tasty, crunchy pancakes. You can top them with something salty like smoked salmon or with something sweet like berries.
Making Millet Crunchy And Delicious
The thing about millet is that it’s a tad dry even when cooked. That might sound like a bad thing. And it could be. Except if you have a plan involving a bit of heat and a bit of oil. Then that dryness is magic.
You see, when pan-fried, millet gets crunchy. That happens for these pancakes, and also in this millet breakfast skillet recipe that my family all loves.
The batter for these homemade savory pancakes is made of cooked millet mixed with eggs, Greek yogurt, cornstarch, and green onion. It’s, therefore, a nice and tasty gluten-free pancake batter that really sizzles when it hits the pan.
Note that you can learn more about how to cook millet over here, but the instructions are also given in the recipe below. I’ve also given the amount to use if you already have cooked millet leftovers that you’re hoping to use up.
How To Serve Millet Pancakes
I usually like to use these pancakes like the potato pancakes often served with caviar. So I make them for dinner topped with some smoked salmon, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), and some fresh dill.
However, they can be given a sweeter twist instead. Omit the green onions from the batter, and then go ahead and top them with berries and maple syrup, or whatever pancake toppings you love.
More Grain-Based Recipes
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for more wholesome recipes like this one. Here are some of my favorite recipes with grain-type ingredients as their base.
- How To Cook Farro
- Special Fried Farro
- Creamy Farro Side Dish
- How To Cook Quinoa
- Cauliflower and Quinoa Bake
- Quinoa Salad Bowl
- Quinoa and Feta Side Dish
This easy Millet Pancake Recipe is gluten-free and makes such tasty, crunchy pancakes. You can top them with something salty like smoked salmon or with something sweet like berries. Enjoy! -Christine xo
- 3/4 cup uncooked millet*
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup Greek yogurt, divided
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion (optional)
- 6 tsp. vegetable oil
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- 2 Tbsp. chopped dill
- In a medium saucepan combine the millet with 3 cups cool water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring it to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and let it simmer until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain well. Return millet to the saucepan and spread it out in there.
- In a medium bowl beat the eggs lightly. Add 1/3 cup of the Greek yogurt, the cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir. Add the millet and the green onions (if using) and stir until well combined.
- Preheat oven to 250F.
- Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat in a large nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet.
- Add 4 big spoonfuls to the pan, spaced out with room to smoosh them down.
- Smoosh them until they’re pretty flat and about 3 inches round. Cook until bottoms are well browned, 2-3 minutes, adjusting temperature if they’re cooking too quickly or not quickly enough.
- Flip and cook until small brown spots appear on the underside, about 1 minute more. Transfer pancakes to a pan and put in the oven to stay warm (or see note** below for Make-Ahead instructions).
- Add 2 teaspoons more oil to the pan and cook another batch of 4 pancakes. Then 2 teaspoons more oil and another batch of pancakes.
- Remove pancakes from the oven. Arrange 3 pancakes on a plate.
- Top with 1 ounce of smoked salmon, a heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt and one quarter of the dill. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
*If you already have cooked millet, you’ll need 3 cups of it for this recipe.
**These pancakes can be made ahead. They won’t be quite as crisp but they’re still delicious. Here’s how to do it: Once you have removed the pancakes from the skillet, transfer them to a plate to cool. Once all pancakes are cooked and then cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 hours. When ready to serve, arrange them in a single layer on a pan. Heat at 400F until heated through, 6-8 minutes
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This post originally appeared in February 2014. It was revised and republished in September 2018.