Coconut Shrimp Pancakes with Fresh Herbs

Coconut Shrimp Pancakes with Fresh Herbs

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Who doesn’t love a plate-sized pancake for dinner? In this Asian-inspired riff, the protein-rich savory pancake is made with a chickpea flour and coconut milk batter and studded with bacon, scallions, and turmeric-spiced shrimp. Top it off with fresh herbs and crunchy mung beans and it’ll gain a permanent place in your weeknight rotation.


  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 (5.5-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 tsp. ground turmeric, divided
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 lb. small peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 8 tsp. virgin coconut oil, divided
  • Mung bean sprouts, fresh herbs, such as cilantro, mint, and/or basil, chile oil (optional), and lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Whisk chickpea flour, coconut milk, eggs, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. turmeric in a medium bowl until smooth; set aside.
  2. Place bacon in a large nonstick skillet. Heat over medium and cook until fat is rendered and bacon is beginning to crisp, 1–2 minutes.
  3. Season shrimp with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. turmeric, then add to bacon in skillet. Continue to cook, stirring often, until shrimp is opaque and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with scallions. Wipe out skillet.
  4. Heat 1 tsp. oil in same skillet over medium-high. Add one-quarter of shrimp mixture and shake to distribute in an even layer. Once sizzling, pour 1/2 cup pancake batter over shrimp mixture, being careful not to tilt pan to shift the even layer of shrimp mixture. Cover and cook one minute, then uncover and continue to cook until bottom of pancake is golden-brown and center is fully set, 2–3 minutes more. Carefully slide onto a plate. Repeat with remaining oil, shrimp mixture, and batter to make 3 more pancakes.
  5. Top pancakes with mung bean sprouts and herbs. Drizzle with chili oil, if using, and serve with lime wedges alongside.

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