Savory Scallion Pancakes that Are Low Carb and Gluten Free

This recipe replaces the flour with an unexpected ingredient.

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Changing your relationship with food may make you to think you need to throw out half your pantry and say goodbye to your favorite family recipes, but that isn’t always the case. Take a careful look at grandma’s old coffee-stained recipe cards, and you may find that a few clever swaps can transform your childhood faves into dishes that are healthy enough for everyday eats.

That’s what wellness chef Charles Chen accomplished with his flourless spin on scallion pancakes. While capturing the authentic flavors of the dish he ate during his childhood in Taiwan, Chen managed to overhaul the dish into a low-carb, wheat-free recipe.

Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”

The secret to these gluten-free scallion pancakes? A corn tortilla. Instead of creating a traditional pancake batter, Chen takes an approach more similar to french toast: a tortilla dipped in a scallion-flavored egg batter. The tortilla also helps the scallion pancake get its telltale crispy exterior without having to use a ton of oil.

The result: a savory scallion pancake with just a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates as the original recipe, so you’ll still have room in your meal for a great veggie-packed spring roll or a hearty soup, like these coconut lime noodles.

  • 1 large organic corn soft tortilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 1 tsp tamari, liquid aminos, or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 organic eggs
Finely chop the green onions. In a bowl add eggs, salt, soy sauce and green onions and whisk. Heat up the coconut oil in a pan. Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan. Top with soft tortilla. Flip when cooked through. Collect any egg spillover on time of the tortilla. Remove from heat and cut into triangles to serve.

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves: 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Calories 1899%
Fat 12gr18%
Cholesterol 185mg61%
Sodium 594mg25%
Carbohydrates 12gr9%
Fiber 2gr8%
Sugar 1gr2%
Protein 9gr17%

*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar