If you are looking for the best pancake recipe to make from scratch, you’ve found it! A simple combination of ingredients you likely have on hand (flour, milk, eggs, baking powder) makes these easy pancakes the perfect breakfast!

Fluffy, flavorful and delicious.

Pancakes on a plate with syrup being poured on

Tips for Perfection

  • HEAT Cook over medium heat. It takes longer but the results are better (a non-stick skillet works best).
  • OIL Oil the pan and allow it to heat up. Before making the frist batch, give it a gentle wipe with paper towels to remove any big blobs of oil. This will give you perfectly browned pancakes.
  • BATTER The batter should be slightly lumpy (image below) and should pour easily but should not be runny.
    • If it’s too thick add milk a tablespoon or two at a time.
    • If it’s too runny or you’ve accidentally added too much liquid, you can add a bit of flour to get the right consistency.
  • FLIP Flip the pancakes with a spatula once bubbles begin to form and the bubbles near the edges start to pop.
  • MIX-INS Add your mix ins on top of the pancakes once you’ve poured the batter into the skillet instead of stirring them into the batter. This keeps  mixins from burning onto the pan.

Pancake batter in a clear Bowl mixed and unmixed

How to Make Pancakes (from scratch)

BATTER

You’ll love how simple it is to whip these up. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Mix dry ingredients together with a whisk (this adds air to the flour, almost like sifting it).
  2. Whisk wet ingredients together thoroughly with the melted butter.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour wet ingredient mixture in. Mix, but not too much, your batter should be a bit lumpy!

HOW TO COOK PANCAKES

Test an electric griddle or pan for temperature. Spill a droplet of water onto the surface and if it sizzles, it’s ready but don’t make it too hot or the pancakes will burn before they’re cooked in the middle!

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into pan.
  2. Wait until bubbles form in the middle and they just begin to pop along the edges. The edges should be a little bit browned.
  3. Flip and cook the other side.

You can do a few at a time or more, depending on how big your cooking surface is. Transfer pancakes to a warm (200°F) oven. Just have an open casserole dish waiting in the oven to receive the freshly cooked flapjacks! That way they stay nice and hot, and you can serve them all at once at the table along with other fixings.

Pancakes being cooked in a frying pan

Make Ahead/How to Reheat Pancakes

I often keep a batch of homemade pancake mix in my cupboard to make pancakes easy but on weekdays we like to have them ready to go so all they need is warming.

Much like crepes, pancakes can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and kept in the freezer for 2 months. Just seal them in a freezer bag or an airtight container for storage (with a piece of parchment in between).

To Reheat Pancakes

Toaster: Pop homemade pancakes straight into the toaster. And it makes them a tiny bit crisp which is delicious.

Microwave: The microwave works too, just heat about 20-30 seconds for 1 serving.

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Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes

The best pancake recipe to make from scratch. These are fluffy and so easy to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups milk or as needed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions 

  • Whisk milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
  • Create a well in the middle and add wet ingredients. Stir just until combined, batter should look slightly lumpy. It should be slightly thick but should still be able to pour fairly smoothly. You may need to add a bit more milk.
  • Preheat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat (or to 350°F). Lightly grease with butter or olive oil.
  • Pour ¼ cup batter for each pancake and cook on one side until bubbles form and begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side about 1-2 minutes.

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Notes

If you prefer a sweeter pancake, add a little bit more sugar.
To Make Large Batches: If making large batches, preheat the oven to 175°F and keep a baking sheet in the oven. Keep pancakes warm on the baking sheet.
To Make Whole Wheat Pancakes: Substitute 1/2 cup of white flour for wheat flour.
To Make Ahead: Cook and cool pancakes. Separate pancakes with a layer of waxed paper and place in a freezer bag. Reheat in the microwave, toaster or oven
 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 129 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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Favorite Pancake Toppings

My kids’ absolute favorite thing to do to pancakes, is to spread them with seedless raspberry jam, then drizzle warmed up heavy cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon over them. Trust me when I say this is actually a delicious combination! Other favorite toppings include:

  • Butter and real maple syrup, of course!
  • Whipped cream and honey… delicious on crepes, too!
  • Sliced strawberries… or blackberries, raspberries, blueberries…or all four!!
  • Sprinkles, like these fun birthday cake pancakes!
  • Various kinds of jam with clotted cream!
  • Nutella… this is basically like having dessert for breakfast!
  • Cinnamon with a homemade cream cheese topping.

 

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  1. I made these and they were more like crepes, They were not fluffy and tasted like donuts, If you are looking for donut pancakes these are for you, otherwise find a different recipe! Valentines day breakfast ruined! 3 stars

    1. I think this was a case of user error. These are nothing like crepes. Definitely the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes I have ever made.5 stars

  2. This was my first time making homemade pancakes. They were great! My family loved them. They turned out so fluffy and delicious. I will definitely use this recipe for now on.5 stars

  3. Question: on what serving size is your nutrition information based?

    For diabetics counting carbs, it’s important to know if that info is two pancakes, four, other?

  4. I had to add more milk and I added more vanilla the first one that came off the pan I thought lacked a little flavor. Overall very fluffy and easy to make.3 stars

    1. I don’t measure vanilla, I just pour, lol I normally increase from a recipe. I also added a little more milk but I did use buttermilk so I wasn’t sure if it was due to that.

    1. These pancakes were rubber. Felt like rubber, tasted like rubber. Didn’t have to try it to know that is was nasty. Saturday breakfast ruined. My therapist will be hearing about you.1 star

      1. Oh no, I’m surprised to hear that from this well loved pancake recipe Amelia! Did you measure your flour by fluffing it up an spooning into the measuring cup, or did you scoop it? Did you overmix it? You should mix until just combined. Those are two reasons you could end up with rubbery pancakes. Hopefully your therapist can help and we will see you back . Thank you for trying the recipe.

  5. Followed the recipe exactly. Then adjusted the second batch with more milk. Still terrible. If you like cardboard you will love these pancakes. Even with blueberries I would rather have shredded an amazon box and eaten that.1 star

  6. This is the best pancake recipe that I ever made I added a little more milk (just a splash) and it was perfect. Hungry Jack was my go to box but not anymore!
    I know some say the recipe didn’t work or tasted horrible but it’s honestly not the recipe. It’s the ingredients their using or how they are measuring. With dry ingredients some dip their m. cup and some spoon their ingredients into the m. cup. Spooning ingredients into a m. cup is the way to go but weighing is the best. Also if if ur wet ingredients are cold or room temp. I use room temp (or almost). And finally check ur dates on all ur ingredients. Sometimes things go bad early or different brands aren’t as good as others. These things can be disastrous to a recipe. Take a deep breath and try again bc we’ve all made these mistakes.5 stars

  7. Used the exact measurements for this recipe. Pancakes came out fluffy and light. I added a touch of vanilla essence and nutmeg to cut the egg smell. Delicious!!5 stars

  8. This is the best pancake recipe I’ve come across, ever. I did, however, replace the 1 3/4 c of milk with 1 3/4 c water and they turned out even better than a box mix. My husband wouldn’t stop complimenting them. Definitely one for the recipe box!5 stars

  9. Recipe calls for too much liquid, the batter is very thin and runny. Most pancake recipes only call for 1 cup of milk. I reduced the milk amount for thicker pancakes.2 stars

  10. Great recipe! I used oil instead of butter and added a teaspoon of vanilla but it’s the 4 teaspoons of baking powder that made them tender and fluffy. ( and the blueberries helped too!)5 stars

  11. Made these this morning. Excellant batter. Made enough fluffy pancakes for 4 adults. Best easy recipe found so far on the internet.
    Would of gave a 5 star. But the banner for recipe kept popping up to write a review., a little annoying4 stars

  12. Just made these and love the recipe. Quick, easy and delicious, and much better than packaged pancake mix. Will be using this recipe again.

  13. Worst pancakes I have every made. Super dense and taste horrible. I even double checked the recipe . Boxes pancakes are better. But to each there own.1 star