Fluffy Homemade Pancakes Recipe

Wondering how to make pancakes from scratch? This easy recipe makes fluffy homemade pancakes that come together in less than 30 minutes. Get ready to dig into a stack of the best pancakes you’ve ever had!

A stack of pancakes with a wedge taken out, topped with berries.

Easy Homemade Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my all-time favorite breakfast ideas. They are easy to throw together and are made with ingredients you typically already have in your kitchen. Plus, they are easy to change up with different mix-ins and toppings. There’s a reason these are a classic breakfast favorite right?

This easy pancake recipe makes fluffy pancakes just begging to be stacked tall and drenched in maple syrup. I like to serve them with fresh fruit like blueberries and strawberries, which is the twins favorite combo. In fact, this pancake recipe is so easy that I’ve been making it for them before their swimming lessons early in the morning!

pouring syrup on a stack of homemade pancakes

What You’ll Need

Making pancakes from scratch only requires a few simple ingredients. (You can even use this recipe to make a DIY pancake mix ahead of time – see details later in this post.)

To make homemade pancakes you will need:

  • All-purpose flour – I haven’t tested this with whole wheat flour.
  • Sugar – The recipe calls for regular white sugar, but you could also use light brown sugar.
  • Baking Powder – This helps the pancakes rise and achieve a super fluffy texture.
  • Salt – Adding salt to recipes in moderation can enhance the sweetness.
  • Egg – This also makes the pancakes fluffy while also supporting the structure of the pancake.
  • Milk – Any kind of milk will do, including plant based milks.
  • Butter – I prefer to use unsalted butter. If you are using salted butter you may need to adjust the amount of salt used separately.
  • Vanilla – Always use pure vanilla extract.

That’s it! Odds are you already have most of this in your kitchen. These pancakes were meant to be.

Stack of pancakes on a plate with strawberries, blueberries and maple syrup.

How to Make Homemade Pancakes from Scratch

So now that I’ve told you these are easy, fluffy and delicious, let’s talk about how to make them.

  • Combine the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Mix the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a large bowl for the dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Gently fold them together. You don’t want to do this too brusquely or overdo it. It can over develop the gluten in flour and end up giving you dense, tough pancakes. You’ll end up with some lumps in your batter and that’s ok.
  • Heat the griddle. Let the batter rest while you heat your griddle or pan. Give the batter another little stir before using it and you’ll notice any remaining lumps will break up a bit.
  • Cook your pancakes. Spoon batter onto your griddle about 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup at a time, depending on how large you want your pancakes to be.
  • Flip. You’ll know they are ready to be flipped when they’ve got bubbles coming through the top and the edges are set. I usually cook them until they are just about done, so after I flip them, they just need a little more time to finish cooking the other side so that it’s golden.
  • Dig in! Finally, serve your pancakes warm with your favorite maple syrup!
These Homemade Pancakes are fluffy, easy to make and quick to throw together in the morning!
Cross section of pancake stack

Tips for Success

  • Don’t over mix. Be sure not to over mix your pancake batter so that you don’t get tough, dense pancakes. Lumps are ok.
  • Use a flat cooking surface. For a nice looking pancake, cook on a flat surface. A griddle is preferable.
  • Make smaller pancakes. Don’t make your pancakes too large, or they’ll be difficult to flip.
  • When to flip a pancake: Your pancakes are ready to be flipped when you see plenty of bubbles coming through the surface and the edges are set.
  • Pancake mix-in ideas: Mix ins make these even more fun! Try adding sprinkles, chocolate chips or fresh fruit to your batter.

How to Make Pancake Mix with this Recipe

If you wanted to make these pancakes even easier to make, you could combine the dry ingredients ahead of time and have it in your pantry as a pancake mix. You’ll want to put it in an airtight container. It should keep well, as long as the flour and baking powder you use is fresh.

A stack of pancakes on a plate topped with mixed berries.

Can I Freeze These?

These pancakes do wonderfully when frozen and reheated! I’ve been doing it a ton with the boys. The mornings are rushed, so frozen is a nice shortcut.

You can either layer parchment paper between the pancakes when you freeze them so they don’t stick to each other, or you can lay the pancakes out individually onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze them that way. Once frozen, pop them all into an airtight container or bag.

How to Reheat Extras

To reheat them, microwave one pancake for about 20 seconds. Add another 5-10 seconds as you add additional pancakes. If you know you’re going to have pancakes in the morning, you could even pop the number of pancakes you’ll need into the fridge the night before so they thaw (which is what I’ve been doing). Either way, these reheat beautifully.

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Recipe

Fluffy Homemade Pancake Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1520 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Homemade Pancakes Recipe makes soft & fluffy pancakes. Get ready to dig into a stack of the best pancakes you’ve ever had!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp (52g) sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) milk
  • 4 tbsp (56g) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a large measuring cup, combine the egg, milk, butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold them together until well combined, but still a little lumpy. You don’t want to over mix them or they could end up less fluffy and tough. The batter should be relatively thick, but easily pourable.
  4. Set the batter aside to rest while you heat the griddle, 5-10 minutes. Any remaining lumps with start to soften as the moisture soaks in. Gently stir again.
  5. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan over medium-low heat and melt a little butter to grease it. Pour batter onto the pan and let it spread out into a round pancake. I used about 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
  6. Allow to cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges are set, then flip and cook until golden.
  7. Continue cooking with the remaining batter.
  8. Serve pancakes with maple syrup or your choice of toppings.

Keywords: best pancake recipe, easy pancakes, simple pancakes

Recipe originally from Cafe Delights.

A stack of pancakes, then another stack with a wedge cut out

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162 Comments
  1. Cordelia

    These are so fluffy. Great flavor. But dang this batter is SO thick I keep thinking in mismeasuring. Maybe it’s off because I’m somewhere arid and high altitudes???

  2. Elgwana

    Greetings!
    I Made these and they turned out ok. Not epic unfortunately, but that’s probably not the recipes fault, I used pastry flour 🤣.
    I’ll probs be making these again! 😁😁😁
    ~ Elgwana

  3. AKomarek

    Yum! Best pancake recipe ever! These are not only as pretty as the picture, they are delicious. I will never buy pancake mix again.

  4. Michelle

    SOOOOO DELICIOUS! I didn’t have vanilla extract or regular dairy milk, so I used Silk brand- less sugar vanilla almond milk, and they came out perfect!

  5. Danielle

    This recipe never lets me down. I am a pancake fool and have never found a recipe that produces perfect pancakes, such as this one. I fold frozen blueberries in the batter & eat these with maple syrup. I am not a regular recipe reviewer but I had to give a shout out for this one. I purchase whole milk just to make these pancakes. Thank you, Lindsay!

  6. Tim

    This recipie was so good I ended up eating too much and making myself sick for around 3 hours five stars!

  7. Avery

    These turned out so good. I used Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free flour blend, and was worried at first because the batter was clumpy, but they turned out smooth and tasty! Thanks

  8. Chiara

    They look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! I have a lot of oat flour, do you think I can substitute the 2 cups (260 g) of all-purpose flour for 2 cups (260 g) of oat flour? Or they absorb liquids in different ways? Thank you!
    Chiara

  9. Veni Laksono

    Thank you so much for the recipe
    I am from Indonesia
    I love your recipe blogs
    Especially you write down the 2 measure in grams and cups
    It made me easier for me
    I have made pancake many times with my kids
    And they love the pancakes so much
    I shared your recipe blog to my friends
    And told them how easy your recipe to be made
    And we can find the ingredients at our place
    If you don’t mind
    Please give us the tools you use
    Somehow i wonder, did i make the recipe right
    Whether i used spatula/spoon/whisk to mix the batter

    Thanks again
    Hope you and your family always happy and healthy too
    GBU

  10. Fran P

    I felt this recipe came out relatively thick pancakes came out too thick they didn’t seem very soft. Can you tell me what I did wrong. I would love to make this recipe again thanks

    1. Lindsay

      It’s possible that you over measured the flour. A food scale is best, otherwise try using a spoon to spoon flour into your measuring cup. You don’t want to pack the flour in.

      1. Fran P

        Thanks, I think that’s what I did. Will use the spoon method next time. Will let you know how it turns out. 😊

  11. Charlene

    Amazing recipe! I’ve been looking for a go-to fluffy pancake recipe and I’ve finally found it! Been making this almost every Saturday for Hubby and I. Added fresh blueberries to the batter and it was delish! Thank you so much for sharing ☺️

  12. Carly

    Wow!! These are the best pancakes I’ve ever had, no joke. I had a random craving at 4 am and thought, let’s give it a try. So glad I did! Now if only the UI of the website didn’t require me to scroll past all the other comments to leave a rating c; a thought for whoever designs the website. But these pancakes! Are incredible!!

  13. Tammy

    Awesome! We added blueberries to the batter & perfection! DH says best ever 🙂 I’ve yet to make one of your recipes that isn’t wonderful!

  14. Maria

    Oh my, this recipe is the best pancake recipe I’ve ever tried! My kids always request pancakes on Saturday morning and these have definitely won first place. I followed the recipe perfectly as written and it takes the cake 🙂 Fluffiest and best tasting pancakes I’ve ever made. Wow, thanks for sharing!! 

  15. Nolwazi

    I am grateful for this recipe, I tried this Flapjacks recipe and it is the best thus far! I look forward to having more recipes from you. from now on I’d like you to guide me on how to follow you on your pages. You are indeed reliable! Love at first sight 🙂 🙂

  16. Ani

    I usually make thin pancakes but I wanted to try out the fluffy ones…. I was not disappointed! This recipe is easy and the pancakes are delicious!

  17. Lara Kennedy

    Wow!!! These are literally the fluffiest and most delicious pancakes I’ve ever made. I added a bit more milk and made sure not to over mix the batter. They’re fantastic! I’ve made a ton of pancakes and nothing beats these. My one year old loves these with a bit of peanut butter on them. I want to make these everyday lol! Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe. Truly the best.

  18. Cynthia

    I’ve tried soooo many so called fluffy pancake recipes and none have ever worked until now! This is such an easy recipe, these are really difficult to muck up, and they taste amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!  This is now our families ‘go to’ pancake recipe. Do it, you will not be disappointed, it actually works with minimal effort. Just stick to the suggestions, particularly the size of them and not over mixing and these will be perfect!  Wish I could post a pick of them! 

  19. Suez

    My favorite breakfast dish. Only I love them with chocolate cream or plain sugar. And I also make small ones in a small frying pan to make it easier to eat. Brilliant recipe, thank you for adding it.

  20. N Fard

    Delicious!!! My husband and kids request for these every day!!! Thank you for sharing the Recipe. No Need to order from restaurants. 

  21. Trenetta Saba

    This is a great recipe. It comes out perfect each time I make it. Going camping with a large group. I said I’d make pancakes. Can this recipe be doubled?

  22. Em

    Delicious! I used vanilla oat milk but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Will never use another pancake recipe!

  23. Ruth's Travel: Because I Believe Blog

    Hello!

    I followed this recipe and this is the best pancakes I have ever made – no jokes!
    2 days later, I still get a compliment that they were fluffy and excellent.
    Thanks for sharing! This is pure magic and it’s such an easy to remember recipe!

  24. Andrea

    I have tried dozens of pancake recipes and this is the BEST I have ever made! The BEST! Thank you so much for sharing!

  25. Monica Burge

    Never had a better pancake! We always use instant pancakes and we didn’t have any so we tried this. So so good! My butter was chunky because when it hit the milk and eggs it got cold so I’m not sure what I did wrong but they still tasted great! 

  26. Pallavi

    Amazing! Such a great texture and lightness and will be a great base for other flavors of pancake! To modify to our taste, I added 1tbsp less sugar, 2 cups milk, 1tsp almond extract, and made them Lemon-blueberry by adding the zest of one lemon and a cup of blueberries. 

  27. Tina

    Finally found a recipe that actually gives me fluffy pancakes!! So glad I stumbled upon your site! Thank you so much!! Blessings!

    1. Lindsay

      The butter is warm and is being added to cold ingredients, so that can happen. You can let the butter cool a bit before adding it if you like, but it really should be fine even if it’s a little lumpy.

  28. Vanessa

    I love pancake Sunday’s with my hubby. We always make pancakes with the Stonewall Kitchen brand. We ran out of the mix and I scoured the internet for a pancake recipe based on reviews. This was our first time making pancakes from scratch and we loved this recipe! We followed the directions to a tee and can’t wait to make and eat them again every Sunday going forward! Thank you!

  29. MIlena

    You should make the bannana and keep the chocolate chips, I don’t know if you have kisses chocolate, but if you use an ice cream scooper, scoop some pancake in it then insert the kisses, it melts in the middle, and it is a nice surprise!!!

  30. Jamielene

    These turned out excellent! It’ll be our go-to for pancakes for a long time to come 🙂 The best part is the mix is the perfect amount for one round of pancakes in our family of 6!
    Thank you so much!

  31. Anna

    The BEST pancakes I’ve ever eaten!!!

    My kids love banana chocolate chip pancakes so I actually made the recipe exactly as is but mushed up two overly ripe bananas and threw in a couple chocolate chips as well.  They were sooooo good!  I thought the batter looked super thick and dense but once I cooked them they were so light and fluffy.  Thank you!!  🙂

    1. Anna

      Also I did have to spread out the batter a bit to avoid them being insanely super thick.  Might have been the bananas I threw in.  But with the bananas it was so delicious and sweet.  Barely needed any maple syrup

  32. Milena

    SOOOOOOOO good !!! Iove it. I made it for my parents with my brother and it was DELICIOUS. I only made 1/2 of the recipe because I did’nt know how many pancakes it makes. It makes a LOT! I was able to make 12 little pancakes!!!!!!! And there was still some batter left over. We are gluten intolerint so, we put gluten free all purpuse flower and it worked the same. Acatually, I think it tasted better!!! Thank you for your delicious recepie!!!

  33. Donnell Jones

    I was saying I forgot to get some pancake mix from the store yesterday and my son loves for Daddy too cook pancakes on Sundays it’s a Jones Thing lol. I found this recipe my son said Daddy I don’t want to store pancakes anymore Thanks for saving the JonesJones Sunday morning 

  34. Sally

    Hi Lindsay, i made these pancakes last night it was rainy and cold here in New England . They were easy to make, your recipe and directions were perfect. And we LOVED them. I cooked the whole batch and had a few left over. To good to throw away. I put them in the toaster For lunch and they were perfect. Such a keeper recipe. Thank you and be safe. Hugs, Sally

  35. Kimberly

    …made this for my autistic son, whose picky about everything- now, for the past 3 days I’ve been making this for his breakfast- “pancakes from scratch, pancakes from scratch!!”- hes very very specific that it MUST be these! Lol- thanks for such an amazing recipe- no changes were made!!! it’s perfect-

  36. Hina Patel

    I saw someone comment about using plain flour, yes you can! That’s what we call it in New Zealand, plain flour is perfect for cakes, pancakes, muffins etc 🙂

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