Brown Rice, Sesame, Spinach and Scallion Pancakes Recipe (2024)



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These pancakes make for a savory dinner! I was low on spinach so I added a few handfuls of arugula and sautéed the greens in olive oil. I served these with Greek yogurt mixed with lemon and parsley. Another flavorful hit from Martha Rose Shulman.


I cut the recipe in half and served with sour cream and chutney (about 20 small pancakes). Also wonderful savory pancake to take on the road.

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Good with applesauce!We were out of sesame seeds, so I replaced 1 tablespoon of canola with 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to get the flavor. Worked fine.

Sandi :)

Excellent and easy! I have celiac and must stay gluten-free so I swapped the flour for 1 cup GF flour blend and 1/2 cup almond meal. Based on other suggestions, I lightly cooked the white parts of the scallions and then tossed in the spinach to wilt, and doubled the cheese. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as stated, and it is delicious and delightful! Makes many pancakes, so I will enjoy them longer! Thank you! :)


I have made these 3x now. They are delicious!!! The 3rd time was the best. I added ½ cup each of fresh dill, parsley, sauteed onion & ground almonds and more feta (close to double?). I also cooked smaller pancakes, closer to 1/6 cup plus. They are terrific with Greek yogurt and lemon and also work as “bread” with almond or peanut butter.

katy s.

I agree that these lack pizazz. You have a lot of “bitter” (whole wheat, spinach, green onion) and no sweet or acid. Double the cheese or better yet just sprinkle it over the top. Next time I would sauté sweet onions and add those instead of scallions. The suggestion from another of a chutney accompaniment was great. I ate mine with Greek yogurt and lemon but it needed more. The good news is that they fried up like a dream with no mess or frustrated flipping.


I halved the recipe and added 1/2 tsp garlic powder & 1/2 tsp onion powder, along with some black pepper.I also used extra feta. Even with halving it, it made a lot of batter, more than double what the two of us could eat.The pancakes were very moist with a subtle flavor. Cooking in lots of salted butter made them nice and rich, but medium-high is too high for these pancakes! Do medium/medium-low, otherwise the outside will burn before the inside cooks. Interesting meal.Will play around with it!


I didn't have scallions. Used dill, rosemary, finely chopped red onion & sauteed portobello mushrooms & served with greek yogurt with juice of one lemon. Delicious & Satisfying. Will make again for sure.


I made a double batch and froze the leftovers for an easy meal later. Also mixed plain yogurt with lemon juice and dill as a dip. Tasty!

Samantha S

Turned out as quite hearty and healthy pancakes. Delicious smothered with some greek yogurt + lemon juice.


Perfect topped with tzatziki sauce! Good recipe for quarantine: comfort food taste with a sneaky serving of vegetables inside


Followed the recipe as written—super yummy result. These will easily become a go-to breakfast for on the go or a lunchbox staple. Would be great with a savory tomato jam


I replaced the brown rice with buckwheat, and included some spelt flour with the whole wheat flour. I also added a bit of ground cumin/coriander/fennel. Really delicious. There is a lot of batter, which takes a long time to cook, but I'm looking forward to having some leftover pancakes in the coming few days.


Great recipe! Added a dollop of sour cream and served with orange zest salmon (also from NYT Cooking). Recipe made a lot of batter, but it kept well. Put it in a jar and did for breakfast later that week. Highly recommend!


Agreed that this is bland. Yes - sauteed onions and garlic. NOT CUMIN. Maybe double the scallion?


I made them according to the recipe and found them disappointingly bland. If I were to make them again, I'd sauté some onions and garlic and add some spices, maybe thyme.


I used frozen spinach (well squeezed!) and plain flour and they turned out great. The full recipe makes a huge amount - but if you've got little ones they're great to take on the road. They freeze really well too.

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