Flatbreads are any quick-cooked bread that is fried or baked on a thin flat sheet. They can look like pizza, but usually don’t require yeast. That means the cook can skip time-consuming kneading and proofing and get right into cooking.
These bread recipes are popular around the world, making them an easy gateway into other cultures’ cuisines.
1. Quick and Easy Flatbread Recipe
Want to learn how to cook a great flatbread, every time? Start with the basics. This recipe is flatbread 101, teaching you how to make delicious bread with just a few ingredients and utensils. You don’t even need to fire up the oven.
The yogurt in the mix boosts the nutrition with a little protein. It also gives the flatbread a tender crumb and a touch of sourness. This recipe comes with two suggestions for blended butter. One works well for savory meals, while the other complements sweet feasts and breakfast bread.
2. Grilled Flatbread with Figs
What could say ‘late summer snack’ better than Figs and Prosciutto, cooked on the backyard grill in the twilight? This sophisticated dish uses a simple dough to really showcase quality toppings. Grilled Flatbread with Figs is best with fresh, ripe figs straight from the market or your garden.
Cheeses like fontina will melt into a creamy sauce when they’re tossed atop the grill-cooked flatbread. This dish is also begging to be served alongside that nice bottle of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon that you’ve been holding on to.
3. Crispy Cheesy Bacon Flatbread
Bacon and cheese are the superstars of the comfort food world, so it’s no surprise that they’ve shown up in flatbread form. If you’re craving a quick hit of umami-infused satisfaction, take a look at this Crispy Cheesy Bacon Flatbread recipe. Struggling to get an ooey-gooey cheese pull without the bread going soggy?
Start by letting the flatbread cool a little after it’s baked. When the crust firms up, it’ll be better able to handle all that fatty goodness layered on top. Also, make sure you’re using a meltable cheese like Mozzarella, or blend a meltable cheese with drier varieties like Parmesan.
4. Wholemeal Flatbreads
What could be simpler than a flatbread with just three ingredients? You’ll need flour, water, and a few spoons of oil for this. The recipe calls for rapeseed, but you can use any neutral oil for the dough and frying.
The secret to this bread is to roll it out as thin as you can without tearing the rounds. Then cook them on low heat with minimal oil. The water in the dough will turn to steam, making it puff up in places.
You can also fry this flatbread, but it can get stiff because the dough’s so thin.
5. Rainbow Rotis
Did you miss the bandwagon on the rainbow bagel trend? You can enjoy those snap-worthy colors, not to mention tasty flavors, in this dish. Rainbow Rotis hydrate the whole wheat flour with a vegetable puree.
You can use spinach for green dough. As a shortcut, thaw out some frozen creamed spinach. Beet puree creates an intense red dough with a sweet, earthy flavor.
Finally, for a dark yellow color, make a puree of carrot and turmeric. This recipe is so fun and colorful that it could even get your kids on the veggie bandwagon.
6. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Flatbread
Smoked Salmon Breakfast Flatbread is one of the busier recipes here, with a long list of ingredients for seasoning. However, if you’ve got the prep time, you’ll be rewarded with a one-dish breakfast feast. All of the toppings, from extra virgin olive oil to capers to dill, are there to complement the buttery smoked salmon.
But this dish has a secret: forget about the salmon and you’re left with a hearty Everything Bagel in flatbread form. The red onion and cream cheese help bring out the flavor of the Everything Bagel seasoning that this bread is generously sprinkled with.
7. Nutty Carrot Flatbread Recipe
Nutty Carrot Flatbread lives somewhere between the ‘flatbread’ and ‘cracker’ sections of the recipe book. It’s a flour-free bread that relies on carrots for structure and nuts and seeds to add taste. The recipe calls for toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, but you can safely swap in any nuts or seeds you have in the pantry.
If you’re using larger nuts like pecans, maybe give them a rough chop before adding to the batter. That will help keep the flatbreads from crumbling.
8. S’mores Flatbread Dessert Pizza
Maybe you can’t go camping, but you can bring the campsite experience to the home. S’mores Flatbread Dessert Pizza builds off of a linked homemade flatbread. If you’re using their recipe, skip the garlic powder.
We’re taking this dish in a sweeter direction. The pre-cooked flatbread is topped with a crumble of graham crackers, chocolate bars or chips, and marshmallows. Bake for a few minutes and then broil this baby to get the marshmallows smoky and caramelized.
It’s a simple dessert but will win a place in the hearts of both kids and grown-ups.
9. East African Chapati Recipe
Can a flatbread, made without yeast or butter, really be both soft and flaky? Yes! Take a look at this East African Chapati Recipe. The basic flatbread dough is treated like you’re making a croissant.
Brush the round with oil, roll it in a precise way, and then flatten it back out. This is a bit more work than the standard flatbread, where you shape rounds and toss ‘em in the pan. However, you’ll be rewarded with bread that flakes apart into delicious layers.
For an even softer Chapati, exchange the water for milk or buttermilk.
10. Socca Recipe
Let’s visit French cuisine next. Socca is a flatbread mostly eaten on the French Riviera. It’s popular with tourists and locals alike. Socca resembles cornbread to some extent, with a dense crumb thanks to chickpea flour and olive oil.
It’s usually boiled in a cast-iron skillet, but you can use any oven-safe pan. This flatbread is often enjoyed as an appetizer or hearty snack. Traditionally, it’s eaten with a simple sprinkle of cracked salt and pepper.
Socca is exceptional smeared with herb-infused butter and paired with a nice glass of wine.
11. Jerk Chicken and Flatbreads
Jamaican Jerk is famous around the world for an explosion of sweet, sour, fiery flavor. This recipe goes all-out, calling for a generous number of ingredients like Scotch Bonnet chilies, palm sugar, and fresh orange juice. If you’re sweating with fear instead of the heat at the thought of those deadly little Bonnets, you can substitute a milder pepper.
However, maybe give the original recipe a chance. The simple flatbread that this jerk chicken is served on uses butter and milk, which can help cut the capsaicin that’s dancing on your tongue.
12. Jamaican-Style Roti Recipe
Were you inspired by the Jerk Chicken, but do you want even more tropical flavor in your dish? This Jamaican-Style Roti is a little more involved than the last recipe’s flatbread. It also uses coconut milk instead of regular milk. That adds fatty richness to the flatbread and the coconut flavor plays beautifully with a from-scratch Jerk seasoning.
If you’re cooking this dish, crack a window. It tends to smoke. Don’t get scared off. A few black spots on the dough’s bubbles will add a smoky complexity to Jamaican-inspired toppings.
13. Microwave Flatbread
Stovetop’s on the fritz? Don’t have a stove at all? You don’t need to keep going back to that half-empty bag of stale white bread. Yes, your microwave can produce delicious baked goods.
However, microwaves don’t work quite like an oven or stovetop. They may cook unevenly, and any steam that escapes the dough sticks around and can make it soggy. I picked this particular Microwave Flatbread recipe because it is loaded with tips on how to finesse the dough mixture and the microwave settings.
With a little patience, you’ll end up with great bread.
14. Quick & Puffy Flatbreads Recipe
Sometimes all you need to elevate a recipe are a few key seasonings. The Quick & Puffy Flatbreads Recipe acts like a blank canvas, letting the seasonings on this side dish shine. It can be a tender and delicious side when served with butter or ghee.
Feeling a little more ambitious? Brush the raw dough with butter to help other toppings stick on. The recipe’s author suggests trying cumin seeds, finely chopped garlic cloves, chopped chilies, or coriander.
As you flip and cook the flatbread, these ingredients will also toast and turn golden. That releases their aromatics into the bread itself.
15. Wholewheat Flatbreads With Beans & Poached Egg
A simple combination of flour, baking powder, and yogurt is dressed up by a sweet and tangy passata (a thickened tomato sauce). Earthy paprika plays nicely with piquant onions. The sweetness comes from a balsamic vinegar glaze with a single Medjool date blended in.
This recipe bumps up the satiety factor with a can of haricot beans. Not sure what that is? It’s another name for navy beans. You could easily sub in white beans as well, as long as they aren’t canned with sauce.
16. Caribbean Dhal Puri Recipe
Bite into this Caribbean Dhal Puri and you’ll get a mouthful of pure flavor. Each half-round of this flatbread is shaped a bit like a hand pie. It’s stuffed with ground split peas and Indian-Caribbean seasonings like garlic and chilies.
You pick which chilis, although the recipe recommends hotter ones. The raw dough is stuffed and then cooked, sealing the flavor in. You end up with a substantial flatbread.
It’s chewy instead of flaky, the kind of snack that feels like a main and will stick to your ribs long after the meal.
17. Low Carb Keto Flatbread Recipe (Soft & Chewy!)
Keto baked goods pack in a hunger-satisfying wallop of protein and healthy fats, and this dish is no different. You’re getting your protein from three sources: almond flour, whey protein powder, and egg whites. Psyllium husk adds blood sugar-stabilizing fiber to the mix, and it’s a lot better tasting in a flatbread than drunk with water.
One great thing about Low Carb Keto Flatbread is that the raw dough can be frozen. Just sandwich the prepared rounds between squares of waxed paper and pop them into the freezer until you’re ready to bake.
18. Gluten-Free Flatbread
Allergic to gluten? I haven’t forgotten about you. Gluten-Free Flatbread uses a blend of gluten-free flours to create a flatbread that doesn’t have the grainy stiffness of some gluten-free baked goods. You’ll need a base of gluten-free oat flour, coconut flour, and potato starch for improved texture.
That’s then hydrated with coconut milk and a little olive oil. The recipe calls for garlic and oregano, but you aren’t locked into savory dishes. The natural sweetness of coconut milk makes this a good fit for flatbread desserts, too.
19. Sesame Flatbreads
Sesame lovers rejoice! As these Sesame Flatbreads cook, their signature seeds toast, even more, unlocking their full potential of nutty, sweet-savory flavor. The recipe calls for salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons, but you can always add more to the taste.
White sesame seeds have a milder, almost milky flavor, while the black variety brings an intense, earthy nuttiness to the dish. For maximum sesame effect, you can dip the dough rounds in a dish of sesame seeds before cooking. Just press them in, brush off the excess, and fry.
20. Hotteok Recipe
Where are all the dessert flatbreads at? I’ve got you covered. Hotteok is a Korean street food that acts like a pancake hot pocket. Instead of being topped with a delicious mix of brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and sesame seeds, this tasty flatbread is stuffed with them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. The recipe calls for yeast! Well, don’t let that scare you away from this delicious Korean breakfast food. You let the kneaded dough rise for only10 minutes, which is just enough time to prep the filling.
Then it’s ready to be rolled into rounds, stuffed, and dropped in the skillet.
21. Green Onion Sesame Flatbreads
The gentle bite of green onions adds color to these flatbreads and brightens up their flavors. For this recipe, you’ll be adding both the white and green parts of the onion to the dough. Make sure that the greens, which can be a little chewy and bitter, are thinly sliced.
Green Onion Sesame Flatbreads call for sesame oil in the dough itself. Don’t use sesame oil to fry them! It is delicate and will just burn when it’s exposed to high temperatures.
22. Moong Dal Paratha
Moong Dal Paratha is the traditional name for that Indian lentil flatbread that you enjoy at your favorite Indian restaurant. The flatbread is filled with a heavily seasoned lentil paste that contrasts with Nigella seeds in the dough itself. Nigella seeds, also called onion seeds or black caraway, are tiny seeds that pack a wallop of pungent flavor.
They can be hard to find in many local stores. If you strike out, swap in sesame, cumin, celery seed, or caraway. The firm texture of the seeds is part of the experience, so try to use whole spices instead of ground.
23. Savory Corn Flatbread
This recipe is the love child of chewy, versatile flatbread and crumbly, hearty cornbread. It’s also a great way to clear out the pantry, as it uses just a small amount of all-purpose flour and cornmeal. The star ingredient of Savory Corn Flatbread is sun-dried tomato pesto.
Be careful! Don’t substitute whole sun-dried tomatoes. The paste helps everything bind together. However, it’s pretty easy to turn those rubbery tomato halves into a homemade pesto.
Just blitz in the food processor with a bit of oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and basil and pine nuts if you have them.
24. Grilled & Filled Cumin Flatbreads
Okay, this fragrant flatbread recipe requires a few exotic ingredients that probably aren’t in your fridge right now. You may need to visit the store for things like fresh dill, sumac powder, feta, and Kalamata olives. However, this main dish-worthy bread is well worth the journey.
It is melt-in-your-mouth indulgent and layered with hunger-satisfying ingredients like pumpkin seeds and cheese. Grilled & Filled Cumin Flatbreads are a great way to experience that famously flavorful Middle Eastern taste palette with ingredients that are most likely in your local market.
25. 4-Ingredient White Bean Flatbread
Are you in the mood for a softer, moist flatbread? Four Ingredient White Bean Flatbread gets hydration from white beans and coconut flour. The coconut flour has an almost magical ability to hang onto moisture like water and olive oil.
Your flatbread will bake into a tempting golden brown, but it won’t dry out. However, because it’s a moist style of bread, it can be tricky for first-time cooks to bake it enough. Keep an eye on the oven and pull the pan when the flatbread is dry on the surface and has just started to crack.
26. Naan Recipe No Yeast
Do you find yourself scrolling past Naan pizzas, fruit platters, and breakfast wraps, wishing you could try one but not willing to wrestle with yeast-based Naan bread? This one’s for you. Hot, crisp-yet-flexible Naan is just a few minutes away with a No Yeast Naan Recipe. You can use either plain or cashew yogurt to hydrate the flour.
Nigella seeds are optional but impart a more authentic flavor. Don’t have any on hand? Look at the Moong Dal Paratha recipe on this list to find some more store-friendly substitutes.
27. Lentil Flatbread
I bet you didn’t expect this list to end with a dish fit for Elvis. This Lentil Flatbread uses a base of tiny, tender red lentils and water. These lentils come apart when blended, bringing a silky, creamy consistency to the batter.
The airy flatbreads have a very mild flavor that works with both sweet and savory toppings. In fact, one of the suggested toppings for this recipe is a fun Elvis-style breakfast: pumpkin spice, peanut butter, and sliced bananas. Those creamy and mild lentils won’t distract from The King’s favorite flavors.