Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes are a variation on one of my most popular recipes. Fresh tangerine juice, Greek yogurt, and crunchy poppy seeds make a lighter and healthier version of everybody’s favorite pancake breakfast.

Pouring syrup on Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

These tangerine poppy seed pancakes are inspired by my super popular Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes. The idea is to brighten up your favorite cozy breakfast with some fresh seasonal citrus juice and crunchy poppy seeds. It just makes sense.

cutting Tangerine poppy Seed Pancakes with a fork

I don’t make pancakes often, but when I do, I like them to be special. This recipe takes no more time than regular pancakes, but the payoff is a fresh new flavor experience.

Poppy seeds aren’t just little black specks…they have flavor and nutrition!

  • like all seeds, poppy seeds are a source of  dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals ~ in this case, especially calcium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • poppy seeds have a delicate, nutty flavor and a powerful crunch that has staying power.
  • add poppy seeds to dressings, salads, hot and cold cereals, and baked desserts.

tangerine poppy seed pancake batter

TIP: To get perfectly round pancakes, use your ladle to gently nudge the batter out into an even circle right after you drop it onto your griddle.

taking a bite of Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

I have over 100 citrus recipes on the blog, it’s one of my favorite ingredients to work with! If you love tangerines, then start with my Gluten Free Tangerine Cake, it’s an unusual cake made with almond flour and whole tangerines, peel and all. Another one of my favorite tangerine recipes is Spicy Tangerine Chicken with Black Rice, I think it’s better than anything I’ve gotten at a Chinese restaurant.


Reader Rave ~

“OMG fantastic, the best pancakes I have ever had.!” ~ Joan

4.23 from 9 votes

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

Author Sue Moran


dry ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

wet ingredients

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk or milk
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • zest of 2 tangerines
  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract optional (I like Watkins brand) or use vanilla or almond extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds


  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together. Stir the wet into the dry, just until combined. Don't over mix or your pancakes will be dense, lumps are fine. If your batter seems a little thick, thin it with a little more milk.
  • Cook the pancakes on a lightly greased griddle for 2-3 minutes on the first side, or until the bubbles have risen and popped and the edges are starting to look done. Flip and cook another minute or two on the other side, just until done through. (Small pancakes will take less time to cook.)
  • Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Try using 1/2 whole wheat or oat flour in place of an equal amount of white flour for added nutrition.
  • Make grapefruit poppy seed pancakes using fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.


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  • Reply
    February 28, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Just made these pancakes with my left over tangerine pulp (from the cake).
    OMG fantastic, the best pancakes I have ever had.
    Will be making the banana poppy seed cake next.
    May even put my tangerine pulp in it, will let you know how it came out.
    Thanks again

    • Reply
      February 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Oh wow, thanks Joan, that’s great news. Let me know how your ‘experiments’ go!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Such dreamy pancakes, citrus season is the best!

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