Keto scallion pancakes are some of the best low carb Chinese delicacies you can eat while on a keto diet. Also called green onion or spring onion pancakes, they are often eaten at breakfast, although you can also have them as snacks.
These crispy and aromatic pancakes are famous in China, and if you find yourself craving this dish while following a low carb diet, this keto scallion pancakes recipe would be a great recipe to make.
Heavenly Fan, who creates plant-based vegan dishes for the ketogenic lifestyle, has come up with a modified version of the original recipe. She uses ground almonds instead of regular flour. You can also use coconut flour instead if you can’t eat almonds.
Notes for Keto Scallion Pancakes Recipe
This recipe does involve a bit of work but the end result is well worth the effort I can assure you. You’ll get a much better idea of how to make them by watching the video first rather than just relying on the directions.
You will notice that Heavenly Fan has an delightful English accent as she lives in England. The onions used in this recipe are called spring onions in the UK but known as scallions in the USA.
Rolling the pancakes
Don’t worry if the pancake dough breaks open in areas and the scallions start to come out as you roll them up and then form the pancakes. Simply press the dough together again. It’s fine to have the onions poking through a bit in the final dish.
Olive oil for frying?
She uses olive oil for frying but it’s actually better to use avocado oil or coconut oil as they both have higher smoke points than olive oil.
Some health experts say it’s not good to heat olive oil to above 180C (356F) and it’s hard to know what temperature you reach when frying. It can be higher than 180C.
I therefore recomment that you do not use olive oil and have taken the liberty of changing the ingredients.
I have also done this with the soy sauce she uses which is not always truly keto. Compared to soy sauce Tamari is usually gluten free, higher in protein, contains antioxidants, has a smoother taste, and is less likely to contain additives and preservatives.
If you use coconut flour instead of almond flour you will need to use more liquid as coconut flour is much more absorbant than almond flour.
Keto Scallion Pancakes
Makes 4 pancakes
- 200 grams ground almonds
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
- 4 tbsp psyllium husk powder or ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp instant yeast
- 1 tbsp Xanthan gum
- Couple of pinches of Redmond Real Sea Salt
- 10 – 12 tbsp hot filtered water (add more if you are using coconut flour)
- Toasted sesame oil
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Bunch of scallions (spring onions)
- Cilantro (coriander) for garnishing, chopped
- White pepper
- Dash of rice vinegar
- Few drops toasted sesame oil
- Tamari or soy sauce
- Chopped cilantro (coriander) for garnish or fresh chili or ginger
1. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
2. Add 6 tbsp of hot filtered water to the dry ingredients and mix from outside of bowl with a folding action to produce lumps of dough with a semi-cooked texture. Best to watch the video for this. Gradually add 2 tablespoons of the hot water at a time until you get a dough mixture that is not too dry nor too wet. Knead the dough in the bowl for a few to bring together then turn out onto a board and continue to knead until it becomes smooth and supple. Cover it with a clean moist towel and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
3. Trim and roughly chop the scallions.
4. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Flour a board with almond or coconut flour then roll out each portion into a long oval shape. Drizzle with the toasted sesame oil then add a quarter of the scallions down the centre and season with white pepper and some salt.
5. Using your hands roll up each piece of dough lengthways, starting from the bottom and to the opposite edge. Pinch the edges together and dab a bit of water if needed to seal. Take the right edge of the roll and roll inwards to form a swirl. It does not matter if thje dough breaks open in places. Gently press it to flatten a little with a rolling pin. You can also use your hand to slightly flatten the dough. Brush the tops of the pancakes with the toasted sesame oil and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
6. Add some avocado or coconut oil to a frying pan and fry the keto scallion pancakes one at a time on mediumheat to start with then turn to low. As you fry them, press gently with a spatula and fry until both sides turn golden brown.
7. Enjoy the keto scallion pancakes as they are or with the easy dipping sauce.
8. To make the dipping sauce you simply mix a little soy sauce, the rice vinegar and a few drops of sedame oill together. You can add a little chopped cilantro on top if you like. Enjoy!
Here’s Heavenly Fan’s video demo of the keto scallion pancakes recipe.