Unique Takes on the Best Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

While I was in university, I discovered a new tradition, which I quickly adopted. That tradition? Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. You may also know this day as Fat Tuesday (aka Mardis Gras, quite literally in French) or Pancake Day. In my opinion, the best pancakes for Shrove Tuesday are savoury ones, eaten for dinner.

However, we have collected several dozen amazing recipes for you to choose amongst.

Rest assured, religion is not a necessary precursor to an annual pancake day tradition!

When Is Shrove Tuesday?

It is the day before Ash Wednesday. Hmm. That probably doesn’t help very much.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lent season in several Christian denominations. The preceding day, Shrove Tuesday, is a day of self-examination. 

The date of Shrove Tuesday changes each year, falling in the 7th week before Easter.

Why Do We Eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Personally, I do it for fun, but that is not the answer you’re after. According to Wikipedia, it’s also time to clean up the pantry and larder, from rich, fatty foods, before Lent. Traditional English Shrove Tuesday Pancakes (recipe below) are like a crepe, so can be stuffed with meat, dairy and other rich foods, as well.

Similar to the tradition of a King Cake, in Newfoundland and Cape Breton, small objects can be cooked into pancakes, each holding a meaning.


Best Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

Savoury & Veggie Filled Pancake Recipes

A few years ago when I discovered savoury pancakes, I fell in love. While I have always been up for pancakes for dinner, making a savoury recipe makes it that much better.

Easy to Make Pancakes for a Crowd

Save time and produce enough for everyone by trying your hand at one of these bulk-batch pancake recipes. They are particularly handy if you want to make pancakes on a weekday morning.

Gluten Free Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday

Skip the gluten this Shrove Tuesday with one of these gluten free pancake recipes. Find the one that works for the ingredients you have on hand.

International Pancakes to Try Out

There are SO many variations on pancakes, all over the world. Here are a selection you could try, to add some international flair to your Shrove Tuesday.

Vegan Pancake Ideas for Shrove Tuesday

Choose from a wealth of delicious vegan pancake options, including some that pack an extra protein punch and some that are also gluten free. If you need dairy-free or egg-free pancakes, the vegan recipes are where to go.

Other Unique Pancake Recipe Ideas

Here are several more of our favourites, which you might want to add to your favourites list, too.

Dig in to one of the 30+ amazing recipes here, including savory dinner options and pancakes for a crowd. These are the best pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Start a new tradition of eating Pancakes prior to Lent, even if you are not religious it is a fun way to spice up the winter months. There are vegan, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, egg free and international recipes to choose from. #pancakes #shrovetuesday #fattuesday

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  1. Sylvie on February 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    SOOO many delicious recipes, I wouldn’t even know where to start! Thanks for including my Banana Pancakes 🙂

  2. Chrystal on February 23, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much for including my pancakes. I’m loving all these different pancake recipes.


  3. Natalie on February 24, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Oh wow.. what a delicious collection. Everything looks so yummy. I just saved few recipes. I can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks!

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