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a stack of sourdough scallion pancakes in a metal fluted serving dish

sourdough discard scallion pancakes

recipe updated 7/17/20: The measurements below are a guideline at best. I've given approximate amounts assuming you have 1 cup of discard sourdough starter. If you have more or less starter, adjust the measurements accordingly or to taste. Get creative!
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3 pancakes


  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (some for the pancake, some for the skillet)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (or ½ teaspoon fresh ginger)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • splash of water
  • 3 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ cup scallions (thinly sliced)
  • soy sauce (for dipping)


  • Mix discard starter, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and ginger (basically everything except water) together in whatever bowl or container your discard starter is in.
  • Add water a little splash at a time, mixing until thoroughly combined in between additions. Stop when the mixture is the consistency of a thick pancake batter.
    Note: This will work even if you don't add any water — but if you add too much water your pancakes will be pretty flat, so go slowly and err on the side of less water if you're not sure.
  • Heat sesame oil a skillet just over medium heat.
  • Pour ¼ of starter mixture into skillet. Top with thinly sliced scallions and sesame seeds. When the edges are dark and bubbles have formed around the edges and surface of the pancake (about 2-3 minutes) flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Transfer finished pancakes to a plate, cut them into wedges, and serve with a small bowl of soy sauce for dipping.



  • For a little extra oompf in your pancakes add ⅛ teaspoon baking soda and ⅛ teaspoon baking powder and let the batter sit 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Sesame oil has a low smoke point, so keep an eye on your burner as you heat it up. Every stove is a bit different, you may need to lower your temp if it starts to smoke.
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