Homemade Pancakes

Kick off your day with light and fluffy homemade pancakes. There's no need for boxed mix when pancakes from scratch are this easy to make — and they taste so much better!

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Homemade Pancakes Recipe

Everyone loves fluffy pancakes loaded with sweet and sticky syrup! It's the best weekend breakfast treat and is truly one of the most classic comfort foods. These fluffy homemade pancakes are incredibly easy to make and are sure to become a staple breakfast recipe for you.

It can be difficult to find a recipe for the perfect pancakes. So many recipes out there give you dense pancakes, gummy ones, or pancakes with a funky flavor. But this easy recipe always gives me the best results.

After trashing so many boxes of dry mix that just don't taste good, I set out to make the perfect pancake recipe with ingredient that I already have in my pantry. Now, we can fluffy and thick pancakes whenever we want!

Pair this classic breakfast food with some hearty protein like egg bites or Mexican breakfast casserole and you've got the perfect meal! Saturday morning just got a whole lot more tasty.

Why You'll love this Recipe

This has quickly become our go-to recipe. It's just so easy to love these delightful fluffy pancakes:

  • Pancakes are a fabulous make-ahead recipe because they can be easily frozen. Make a double batch and then store them for later! Great for busy mornings or last minute meals.
  • You can make this recipe in under a half hour. Then go about the rest of your morning and enjoy your day!
  • Easily double or triple this easy pancake recipe so that you have plenty of flapjacks to serve to everyone — no matter how big the crowd.
A fork lifting a stack of fluffy pancakes topped with butter and surrounded by fresh strawberries and blueberries on a plate.

Ingredients

These simple ingredients are all that you need to make the most delicious pancakes. You likely already have most everything you need, but check your pantry and fridge before your next grocery store run. Here's what you need for this homemade pancake recipe:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt, to taste
  • white sugar
  • butter, melted
  • egg
  • milk

Substitutions and Variations

You can use a gluten-free 1:1 flour substitute, such as King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour, to make this recipe without gluten.

Make these pancakes dairy free by using a dairy-free milk. Almond milk and oatmilk will have the best results! And then use melted refined coconut oil in place of melted butter.

Turn these into buttermilk pancakes with some buttermilk!

These golden pancakes can be made without refined sugar. Coconut sugar and maple sugar would be very tasty in this recipe.

Use salted butter or unsalted butter. If you use unsalted butter, then make sure that you reduce or omit the salt in the batter.

There are so many yummy things that you can mix into this great pancake recipe. Add chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, or even sprinkles!

A stack of pancakes topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries on a plate, accompanied by a small cup of syrup.

How to Make Homemade Pancakes

Follow these step-by-step instructions and you'll have a big stack of pancakes in just a few minutes time! Here's what you'll need to do:

Preheat a large skillet or a griddle over medium heat. It needs to be hot enough to cook the pancakes evenly, but not too hot or the pancakes will burn.

Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk them together until evenly mixed. Then, using a separate bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients.

Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then gently stir together until the mixture is just combined.

A stack of pancakes topped with strawberries and blueberries on a plate.

Lightly grease your preheat skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray. Then use a ladle or measuring cup and pour pancake batter into even circles on the hot cooking surface.

Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form on the surface and the edges begin to set. Then carefully flip the pancakes and cook on the other side for 1-2 more minutes until golden brown.

Continue this process with the remaining batter until you run out. Then serve your perfect homemade pancakes with your favorite toppings.

How to Store Homemade Pancakes

Make sure that pancakes are completely cool before storing them for later. Then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper in between layers so that the pancakes don't stick together.

Store leftover pancakes in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. To reheat, place in the microwave, oven or toaster over until warmed through.

Syrup being poured over a stack of pancakes topped with blueberries and strawberries, with eggs in the background.

Toppings for Pancakes

There are dozens of delicious toppings you can use on the best pancakes ever. Some of my favorites are:

What to Serve with Homemade Pancakes

Serve pancakes with some fresh bacon and scrambled eggs as an easy protein. Or, you could make some egg bites for something super easy!

A hearty serving of baked frittata or sausage egg breakfast casserole would go well with pancakes too.

Stack of pancakes with butter, blueberries, and strawberries on a white plate with syrup, against a light background.

Tips for Success

With a few basic cooking tips, you can make these homemade pancakes absolutely perfect every single time:

  • Make sure that the melted butter is not too hot when adding it to the wet ingredients, or it will begin to cook the eggs.
  • It's important not to overmix your pancake batter. A few small lumps in the batter is ok! Overmixing can result in tough pancakes, so you'll want to be careful that you mix until just combined.
  • Do not continuously flip your pancakes or it can make them tough. You want to keep those bubbles in each pancake because that's what makes them light and fluffy! So flip once and then, if needed, one more time.

FAQ

What is the secret to good pancakes?

To make really good pancakes, it is important not to overmix the batter and to use fresh ingredients. It is also important to cook them at the right temperature. Not too hot so that they burn, but not where the cooking surface isn't warm enough to heat them thoroughly.

Should you let your pancake batter rest?

You can, but it is not 100% necessary to let batter rest. If you find that it works best for you, then go ahead and use that technique!

A stack of pancakes topped with butter, fresh blueberries, and a sliced strawberry, served on a white plate with more berries and striped napkin on the side.

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A stack of pancakes topped with butter, blueberries, and a strawberry, drizzled with syrup on a plate, with eggs in the background.

Homemade Pancakes

Make the most incredible homemade pancakes from the most basic of ingredients! This simple recipe will quickly become a breakfast favorite.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups milk

Instructions

  • Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and white sugar until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg, then add melted butter and milk. Mix until smooth.
  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then pour the wet ingredients in and stir until just combined. Do not overmix; it's okay if the batter is slightly lumpy.
  • Lightly grease the skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray.
  • Then pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. Cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles form on the surface and the edges look set, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  • Serve the pancakes warm with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg

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