Russian Buckwheat Blini Pancakes Recipe – Russian Special

This Russian buckwheat pancakes recipe makes blini with smoked salmon, dill, sour cream, and a ‘caviar’ of gherkin and radish. These are cocktail size blini that are perfect for snacking and entertaining, and while this is a savoury topping you could also spread these little pancakes with jam and cream.

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time1 hr

Russian Buckwheat Blini Pancakes Ingredients :

  • 150 g buckwheat flour
  • 50 g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 180 ml milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 400 g smoked salmon
  • 400 g sour cream
  • 2 whole gherkins finely chopped into tiny cubes
  • 2 pieces red radishes finely chopped into tiny cubes
  • 1 bunch fresh dill roughly chopped

How To Make Russian Buckwheat Blini Pancakes


Sift the buckwheat flour and plain flour into a large bowl to ensure there are no lumps, then add the baking soda and salt and whisk. Create a well in the centre of the flour and add the egg and milk and whisk well until combined. Leave the batter to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.


While the batter is resting: make a ‘caviar’ by combining finely chopped gherkins and small red radishes in a dish; chop your dill; slice your smoked salmon; and transfer sour cream to a serving bowl.


Once the batter has rested, melt the butter and transfer to a bowl to have at hand, then heat a medium-size, flat, non-stick frying pan. Add just enough butter to cover the pan, then ladle a tablespoon of batter into the pan.


Once bubbles appear and the edges begin to firm up and brown, use a spatula to turn the pancake over, then cook for another 30 seconds or so until a golden colour and transfer to a warm plate. Repeat until you finish the batter. If you’re confident, you can do 3-4 pancakes at once to speed things up.


Once they’re done, serve the pancakes immediately with dishes of smoked salmon, sour cream, fresh dill, and the gherkin and radish ‘caviar’ at the centre of the table or on a buffet and let people help themselves if you are enjoying a casual brunch or you can garnish each pancake as we have above if you’re entertaining