What to serve with pancakes: syrups, sauces, toppings, and other recipes that pair wonderfully with fluffy flapjacks! There are sweet and savory options to choose from, so no matter what you're feeling, I've got you covered. Your breakfasts and brunches are about to get a whole lot better!
Recipes That Go With Pancakes
If you're looking for what to serve with pancakes, you've come to the right place. I've gathered a few of the best recipes to pair with pancakes for breakfast or brunch all in one place!
From toppings and sauces to syrups and side dishes, this list has it all. Some of these recipes will elevate the flavor of your pancakes and some can help you turn pancakes into a more well-rounded meal!
Whether you are enjoying a simple pancake breakfast or you are trying to create an epic brunch spread, try pairing your pancakes with a few of the delicious suggestions below!
- Maple Syrup
- Sour Cream Scrambled Eggs
- Candied Bacon
- Homemade Blueberry Syrup
- Homemade Whipped Cream
- Roasted Berries
- Hashbrown Casserole
- Breakfast Sausage
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Coulis
Keep reading to see even more tasty recipes to pair with your pancakes!
- Recipes That Go With Pancakes
- 1. Maple Syrup
- 2. Sour Cream Scrambled Eggs
- 3. Candied Bacon
- 4. Homemade Blueberry Syrup
- 5. Stabilized Whipped Cream
- 6. Roasted Berries
- 7. Hashbrown Casserole
- 8. Breakfast Sausage
- 9. Fresh Fruit Salad
- 10. Strawberry Coulis
- 11. Potatoes O’Brien
- 12. Cheese Omelet
- 13. Vanilla Icing
- 14. Chorizo and Eggs
- 15. Baked Cinnamon Apples
- 🥞 Pancake Recipes To Try
- 📋 Recipe
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1. Maple Syrup
It should come as no surprise that maple syrup is at the top of this list! It's a classic pancake topping that has rightfully earned its spot.
Pure maple syrup has such a robust flavor and natural sweetness, the knock-off stuff just doesn't compare.
2. Sour Cream Scrambled Eggs
Any kind of scrambled eggs will pair perfectly with pancakes. My favorite recipe is this version made with sour cream because it adds a creaminess and fluffy texture that I love.
3. Candied Bacon
Why serve boring regular bacon when you can serve candied bacon?! Just kidding, regular bacon would also be a great choice.
However, I love whipping up something extra special (especially if we are having breakfast guests). This candied bacon does the trick every time and there are never any leftovers.
4. Homemade Blueberry Syrup
If you think Ihop's blueberry syrup is good, you won't believe how delicious it is made from scratch! You can use fresh or frozen berries or a blend of both.
I love the chunks of blueberries in the syrup. It's something you usually don't get if you buy it premade!
5. Stabilized Whipped Cream
Sure, you can use Cool Whip, but it doesn't compare to the creaminess of homemade whipped cream. You can easily make it yourself with just a handful of ingredients and a mixer!
Another great thing about homemade whipped cream is that you can control the sweetness level.
6. Roasted Berries
7. Hashbrown Casserole
This Cracker Barrel copycat recipe is the perfect side dish for pancakes! It's savory and cheesy, plus it's super easy to throw together.
You don't even have to cut any potatoes. Just pick up a couple of bags of frozen hashbrowns!
8. Breakfast Sausage
Savory and salty pork breakfast sausage is another great choice when serving pancakes. Not to mention, they are even tastier when a little maple syrup gets on them.
9. Fresh Fruit Salad
Fruit and pancakes are a match made in heaven! Try serving your flapjacks with a side of fresh fruit salad as a light and refreshing side dish.
This recipe includes a simple honey citrus sauce that gives this fruit salad a lovely burst of flavor.
10. Strawberry Coulis
With just strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest, you can whip up strawberry coulis from scratch. The flavor of strawberry is condensed in the process, meaning this ultra-fruity sauce is packed full of strawberry flavor!
If you have some coulis left over, it's also delicious on cheesecake, waffles, parfaits, and more!
11. Potatoes O’Brien
Some quick breakfast potatoes will turn your pancakes into a hearty and filling breakfast! I love potatoes O'Brien for the red and green bell pepper because they add some variation to the potatoes.
12. Cheese Omelet
Pancakes aren't exactly protein-packed, so an omelet on the side can help you round out the meal! Everyone loves a simple cheese omelet, and you can always offer some omelet toppings like pico de Gallo or sliced avocado.
13. Vanilla Icing
Vanilla icing is always kid-approved! For fans of sweet pancakes, a quick vanilla icing can make all the difference!
You can still add fun and flavorful toppings like chocolate chips, sprinkles, and whipped cream, too!
14. Chorizo and Eggs
Pancakes are fluffy and a bit sweet while chorizo and eggs are savory and salty. The combination is surprisingly delicious!
You can whip up chorizo and eggs in no time. Serve them with some flour tortillas and red salsa for an easy Tex-Mex-inspired brunch.
15. Baked Cinnamon Apples
Cinnamon apples are sweet, tender, and so easy to make. You can serve them on top of your pancakes like I do for my apple cider pancakes or to the side.
Baked cinnamon apples are delicious on their own, but I sometimes top them with a drizzle of caramel or dollop of whipped cream just to make them a bit more decadent.
I hope I helped you decide what to serve with pancakes! Be sure to let me know which recipes you tried in the comment section below!
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🥞 Pancake Recipes To Try
- Homemade Pancakes - A simple recipe for classic pancakes that turn out beautifully every time.
- Sheet Pan Pancakes - There's no flipping required for these easy sheet pan pancakes!
- Chocolate Pancakes - Chocolate lovers, these pancakes are for you! Especially if you choose to make my rich and velvety chocolate ganache to top them off!
- Thick Fluffy Japanese Pancakes - These ultra-fluffy Japanese pancakes are easily 3 times as thick as a traditional pancake!
- Blueberry Pancakes From Scratch - Every bite of these soft and fluffy pancakes has bursts of juicy blueberries!
- Dutch Baby Pancakes - These skillet pancakes are thinner than most people are used to, but they are still delectably soft and will pair wonderfully with any of your favorite pancake toppings!
What To Serve With Pancakes: Candied Bacon (+More Great Recipes!)
- 1 lb bacon (thick cut)
- 2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional, or red pepper flakes)
- 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over the top. *I usually coat my wire rack with non-stick cooking spray before assembling the candied bacon.
- Arrange the strips of bacon onto the wire rack and brush them with the optional liquid smoke if using. Then, sprinkle the bacon with black pepper and the optional cayenne pepper, if using.1 lb bacon, 2 teaspoon liquid smoke, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- Crumble the brown sugar over the top of the bacon and use your fingers to gently pat it down, creating a thin layer.1 cup light brown sugar
- Move the baking sheet to the oven and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 25-27 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the brown sugar has melted.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the bacon cool for 10 minutes on the wire rack before transferring it to a sheet of parchment paper to finish cooling.
- Using a wire rack over the baking sheet allows the air to circulate underneath the baking, making it nice and crispy!
- You'll need to bake your bacon in the oven for this recipe. If you try to cook it in a skillet, the sugar will make a giant mess once it starts to melt.
- Make sure to line your baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup!
- Thick-cut bacon will have fewer pieces per pound, so you will need to either reduce the amount of light brown sugar between ⅔ to ¾ cup or layer it onto the bacon in a heavier layer (which is what I like to do).
- To store: Keep your candied bacon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To reheat: Of course, you can always enjoy this candied bacon cold! Or, you can pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to reheat.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!