START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Leek & Sweet Pea Pancakes (Recipe)

Leek & Sweet Pea Pancakes (Recipe)


How’s this for a delightful springtime twist on the potato pancake — and with a heck of a lot less work, too! I served these during a homemade weekend brunch with fresh scallions and sour cream.

Leek & Sweet Pea Pancakes

3/4 Cup English peas, shelled
3 Large leeks, cleaned, white and light green parts, cut into 1″ slices
1/2 Cup Shallots, chopped finely
1/2 Cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
3/4 Teaspoons dried coriander
1/4 Teaspoon turmeric
1 Teaspoon dried dill
1 1/4 Teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 Cups flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Egg
1/3 Cup milk, at room temperature
3 Tablespoons butter
5 Tablespoons olive oil

1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir in leeks, shallots and 3/4 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in peas, parsley, coriander, turmeric and dill and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes. Smash mixture with a potato masher or a woodier spoon until around 1/3 of the peas are mashed. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, eggs, milk and butter in a large bowl. When batter is well mixed, slowly fold in leek-pea mixture and combine well.
4. Clean sauté pan. Heat remaining olive oil over medium. Batter will be divided into 8 parts — you should be able to fit 3-4 in pan at a time to fry. Let them fry until crispy and golden brown and flip, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Move fried cakes to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining batter.

Recipe Credit: Food52

More Leek Recipes:
Leeks Vinaigrette (Recipe)
Leeks Braised in White Wine (Recipe)
Leek & Dill Soup

Read more: All recipes, Appetizers & Snacks, Entrees, Food, Side Dishes, Vegetarian, , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


+ add your own
3:55AM PST on Jan 21, 2015


9:00PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Leeks are flavourful and delicious, looks like a good recipe to try out.

4:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Sounds quite tasty.

8:42AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


3:22AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Please call them "new peas" or "fresh/frozen peas" but sweet peas are poisonous!!!

7:59PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

This doesn't look bad. I would omit the leeks all together and adjust the volume difference with the addition of more peas.

Just to let folks know, there is absolutely no restaurant in the world(okay there might be one or two) that actually uses fresh spring peas. Nearly 100% of the best chefs in the world, use frozen peas. They swear they are indistinguishable.

4:59AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

This sounds like an occidental version of the Spring Noodle, which is a scallion 'pancake' made with noodle dough that is cooked in pancake shape, then cut into strips by the counterman after you pick it at the Chinese Deli.

5:07AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


3:25AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


2:06AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Knew about microbeads and wet wipes. Thanks for the others.

I thought there was a limit on how much you could take of this, but I'll look into it more.

fantasies are always good

Thanks for sharing.

Finally a U.S president has taken a serious initiative concerning the environment, pollution, and gl…


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!