Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

How to make fluffy pancakes at home, with ease. This easy recipe makes pancakes that are light and fluffy and only requires a few simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now.

We love simple, no-fail recipes. Recipes you come back to again and again. Those that you know are easy to adapt or add to with ease. This recipe is just that. It’s quick to make and we’re willing to bet you’ve got everything you need to make them right now.

Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

We’ve already shared one of our adaptations with you — it was our cinnamon-spiced fluffy pancakes recipe with a cinnamon roll glaze.

In the past, we called on boxed mixes. Not anymore.

Boxed mixes are great, but everything needed to make delicious pancakes already sits in our kitchen. We said goodbye to the mix and haven’t looked back since.

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How to Make Our Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

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This recipe makes pancakes that are not too sweet and are lightly scented with vanilla, making them extra delicious.

Do you see how fluffy they are, look at all those air pockets. Here’s how we make them.

The Dry Ingredients

Flour: Use all-purpose flour or whole wheat. A combination of the both is nice, too.

Sugar: We use granulated sugar, but you could experiment with brown sugar. Brown sugar will make the pancakes a little more moist.

Baking Powder: Baking powder makes the pancakes so light and fluffy.

Salt: We like to use 3/4 teaspoon of coarse salt. It balances the sugar nicely and brings out lots of flavor in the pancakes.

The Wet Ingredients

Milk: We usually stick to reduced fat milk, since that’s what we have in the fridge, but whole milk or non-dairy milk (like almond or coconut milk) will work, too.

Melted Butter: You can’t beat the taste of butter for this, but we’ve found that melted coconut oil is really tasty.

One Egg: The egg adds structure and helps with how light and fluffy the pancakes become.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds sweetness and depth of flavor. You could try other extracts, too. Almond extract would be pretty delicious.

Don’t Overmix: Be Careful to Mix The Batter Gently

Over-mixing pancake batter is a common mistake — it makes pancakes heavy and flat, not fluffy. To prevent this, mix dry and wet ingredients separately at first then combine just before cooking.

Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

Once you’re ready to cook, combine the two mixes — we use a fork. Stir until you no longer see dry clumps of flour. There can be some small lumps, though.

Now, Adapt It Based on What You Love

This is our basic recipe. We use it often as is, but have used it as a base for other recipes. Add what you love. Here are a few suggestions:

Sprinkle a handful of berries, nuts or chocolate chips into the batter. (We love adding fresh blueberries for blueberry pancakes or mashed and sliced banana for banana pancakes)

Layer a few thin slices of strawberry or banana onto the wet batter once added to the skillet. Then, flip.

Add lemon zest or spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice.

Try replacing some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

Add a few spoonfulls of flax seeds, oats or reduce the sugar.

Easy Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

There’s lots of things you can do to make these your own. So go experiment and add what you love. Then, if you’d like, come back and share what worked for you. We’d love to read about it.

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Easy Fluffy Pancake Recipe
 
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Pancakes that are light and fluffy. They're not too sweet and are lightly scented with vanilla, making them extra delicious. These are easy to adapt -- try adding a handful of berries, nuts or chocolate to the batter.
Yield: 8 pancakes
You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk, dairy and non-dairy both will work
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for skillet
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Prepare Batter
  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and the salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Warm milk in microwave or on top of stove until lukewarm, not hot (you should be able to keep your finger submerged for 10 seconds). Whisk milk, egg, melted butter and the vanilla extract until combined. (By warming the milk slightly, the melted butter mixes into the milk instead of turning into small lumps).Essential-Pancake-Recipe-Step-1
Cook Pancakes
  1. Heat a large skillet (or use griddle) over medium heat. The pan is ready if when you splatter a little water onto the pan surface, the water dances around the pan and eventually evaporates.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour milk mixture into the well and use a fork to stir until you no longer see clumps of flour. It is okay if the batter has small lumps, in fact you want that – it is important not to over-mix the batter.
  3. Lightly brush skillet with melted butter. Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to spoon batter onto skillet. Gently spread the batter into a 4-inch circle.
  4. When edges look dry and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surfaces of the pancake, turn over. This takes about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.Essential-Pancake-Recipe-Step-2
  5. Serve immediately with warm syrup, butter and/or berries.
Notes and Tips
We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

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146 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Rob April 26, 2016, 8:00 pm

    im not much of a chef in the kitchen, so i dont know if its beginners luck or not, but your pancakes turned out so awsome for me…didnt have anyone around to share them with tho…but i sure liked them.. :))

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  • Illek February 28, 2016, 12:28 pm

    This ones good people! I’ve tried many recipes from the web and none have come out decent. Till now. I used coconut oil melted instead of butter. I wasn’t shore how I should do the part about the warm milk and egg etc. So- I – warmed the milk then added the egg into the milk and whisked it. Added the melted coconut oil slowly into the liquid with the vanilla extract and whisked it till blended. The milk shouldn’t be so hot that it starts to cook the egg. Then I added the liquid to the dry ingredients and whisked as it says in the recipe. Totally great! My flame was around 6 1/2 – 7 nob if you have a fire stove with numbers. Maybe this helps someone. Ok! Good luck!!!

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  • Tish February 14, 2016, 7:23 am

    My pancakes came out great never buying box again thank you

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  • Rannie January 15, 2016, 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much for the recipe. Just tried it this morning. It turns out very good. I will never buy a ready made from the supermarket from now on. Thank you Joanne and Adam.

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  • Elsy January 4, 2016, 2:07 am

    Love love these pancakes! I tried many recipes since my son is a pancake lover but this is the best recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • Nadia de Leon November 28, 2015, 10:28 am

    Best pancakes ever! I’ve tried many recipes, but this one is the best. Everybody loved them, thank you!

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  • Suzette October 18, 2015, 10:03 am

    Made these pancakes with my 11 year old girl and they were great! My fussy son gave them a thumbs up and said they were as good as McDonald’s although I thought they were better. Can’t understand why some couldn’t get it right because it is so simple. Great recipe and is a definite keeper!

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    • Brandi December 30, 2015, 12:01 pm

      I actually just made these and I found them to be very dense. I am a baker and have my own baking business lol and I could not get it correct. IDK what it was. I had to add a ton extra baking powder and sugar to get it right, and it still was dense. I also had to add extra milk. I did this all after not being able to get a good pancake the first batch through, which is why I am leaving a comment and rating. I will keep searching until I find the one that works for me.

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  • Karen Jones September 20, 2015, 8:26 am

    I love this recipe. Its very crisp yet fluffy. I have tried numerous pancake recipes….by far, this is the best. My hubby enjoys it very much as well. Thanks.

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  • Pat B September 11, 2015, 11:43 pm

    I made these for my 8 year old grandson who enjoyed them so much that he ate 6. I used whole wheat pastry flour (with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) instead of all purpose and almond milk in place of dairy and canola oil instead of butter. With a generous handful of fresh blueberries, these pancakes were wonderful!

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  • shashi September 10, 2015, 10:51 pm

    5 stars. If I could, I give you more than 5. It works! And instead of baking powder I add some self-raising flour and it was fluffy. ^^ more to eat. 😉 I did it with my cussie and we love it! My nephew love it too. Your recipe improve my cooking skill. Thank you very very very much. <3 ^^

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  • Sara September 10, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I couldn’t make pancakes at all they never tasted good they were edible but thats was about it .. I actually gave up making them and settled for AUNT JEMINMA GOD BLESS yall for this recipe… My pancakes finally taste LIKE pancakes instead of flour lol

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  • Dave August 23, 2015, 4:10 pm

    For those who’s recipe didn’t work out, follow the directions exactly. I’ve made this over and over, and every time they turn out the same. If your going to modify another’s recipe, you shouldn’t rate it according to your recipe, and not the initial recipe. Please comment your modifications. I read these reviews, and they put down the recipe, but the reviewers didn’t follow the recipe, they followed theirs. This is by far the best recipe for pancakes I’ve ever eaten, not made, the best I’ve ever ever eaten. Box mixes, restaurants, pancake houses, and even IHOP. !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dave August 23, 2015, 4:03 pm

    These were the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten, not just made myself, but eaten, box mixes, restaurants, pancake houses, IHOP, can’t compare to these. Except, how do your pancakes on your picture, turn out so evenly golden on top? Thanks for the terrific recipe.

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    • Joanne August 26, 2015, 5:52 pm

      Hi Dave, we try not to use too much butter in the pan. With butter, the pancakes taste awesome, but look a little more blotchy on top. With very little butter (we usually let the first pancake soak most of it up) the pancake gets browned more evenly.

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  • Rhonda August 2, 2015, 12:02 am

    These pancakes were awesome!! I don’t even want syrup… I like the flavor so much… so I eat them plain. Lol. Also I cooked mine in a muffin pan. Makes 10 muffins using about a 1/4 c each. They’re tasty and fluffy. Easy as 1 2 3 … If the directions are followed as given. I’ll bet those who had issues (flat- thick-lumpy-salty) did not do this. Tip: Follow the directions!! Thanks for an outstanding recipe. 🙂

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  • YY July 18, 2015, 9:23 pm

    I have tried many recipes but failed miserably. In Malaysia we usually buy the premix to get a fluffy pancake but today I tried your recipe. It was awesome! I have shared it with all my malaysian friends. It’s easy to make and deliciously fluffy n light. Thank you so much

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  • fatima June 18, 2015, 10:52 am

    I read your recipe this morning because I need to make somtin nice since its a free day for me and my fiance.this is the best pancake ever,my fiance keeps coming to the kitchen every minute,so fluffy,nice and the smell,oh my God!….I need to hit the 5 star botton!….thanks Adam and joanne…..from nigeria

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  • Karen May 10, 2015, 12:42 pm

    My 8 year old found your recipe and made these today, by herself, for me for mother’s day. Great recipe, easy enough for a child to make, and came out fluffy and delicious. This is going to replace the recipe I usually make for the family.
    Thanks! You helped make my mother’s day 🙂

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  • Enn! April 20, 2015, 8:50 am

    best pancakes i’ve ever made…love love love!!

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  • Jessica April 13, 2015, 4:32 pm

    I tried giving it a five star but it didn’t let me.

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  • Stacey April 12, 2015, 11:08 am

    I tried this recipe this morning and the pancakes came out fabulous, fluffy and nice. I added a pinch on ground nutmeg and cinnamon to the mixture and an extra tablespoon of sugar. I SO LOVE IT!!

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  • SUSAN March 26, 2015, 6:14 pm

    These are the best pancakes I’ve ever made. We love pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thanks so much for such a great recipe.

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  • Mary Beth Mallon February 19, 2015, 8:34 pm

    My go to pancake recipe. Made it over a dozen times. Friends that don’t typically like pancakes have complimented them. Thank you!

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  • DESIREE February 19, 2015, 2:31 pm

    THE BEST PANCAKES EVER. MY FIRST TIME MAKING PANCAKES FROM SCRATCH- I’M GLAD I CHOSE THIS RECIPE.

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  • Linda February 6, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Really good recipe. Awesome fluffy pancakes. I used 1/4 tsp regular salt. With one batch I also added 1/4 tsp cinnamon and they were nice too.

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  • Savita @ ChefDeHome January 21, 2015, 1:25 pm

    love pancakes! this looks like a good recipe! Thanks for sharing, Joanne!

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  • Earnie January 7, 2015, 9:11 pm

    Been looking for a good pancake recipe. Saw this page this morning. We tried it and WE LOVE IT! It is perfect! Nice and fluffy. Just what I wanted!
    Thank you so much. It has been added to my recipe book.

    Earnie
    Singapore

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  • BadlandsBabe January 7, 2015, 1:17 pm

    These pancakes ROCK!! For those of you who have said otherwise… Seriously…Come on, If you had difficulty following something so easy, that tastes so delicious then indeed, you are better off sticking with cereal 101. This is one BAD ASS recipe, worthy of making time & time again. Thank you for sharing. 5 Stars.

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  • Megan January 2, 2015, 4:34 pm

    These are the best pancakes I’ve had in a long time! The vanilla extract adds in a richer flavor. I added another tablespoon of sugar because I like them a little sweeter and find that a lot of recipes are too bland.

    This recipe is going in the cookbook! 🙂

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  • Jan Z. Parker December 30, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Hi, Joanne and Adam.

    Ahhhhh, sigh! I have tried several pancake recipes, but I believe yours is the one. I added candied bacon, as per my kid’s request. Thank you for the great recipe.

    Warm Regards,

    Jan Z. Parker

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    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:50 pm

      Wow, candied bacon? Great idea 🙂

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  • Nicole December 28, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Delicious! Just made these and they turned out perfectly.

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  • Carl December 23, 2014, 5:18 pm

    This is my favorite pancake recipe, incredibly light and fluffy when done right. I like to add thin apple slices as well.

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  • angela December 4, 2014, 7:11 pm

    i usually use jiffy pancake mix, but when i reached for it, no box. i’ve tried a couple of scratch recipes, but this one by-far was the absolutely best. not sure what would happen if i thinned it out a little. it was thick, but pancakes were fluffy. i think i will add another teaspoon of vanilla.
    Also, i did not read the conversion regarding the salt difference and therefore, i did not put enough salt. they were still good.

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  • Jackie November 8, 2014, 9:45 am

    What if you don’t have baking powder? Will the recipe still work?

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    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:52 pm

      Hi Jackie, the baking powder adds lift and fluffiness so it’s pretty important in this particular recipe.

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  • Nicole November 6, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Hi there, I tried this recipe a couple of times but I just couldn’t figured out why it does not turn brown like in the picture? My pancakes are white when it came out 🙁

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    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:52 pm

      It’s possible your heat is a little low. You could also try adding a small amount (maybe 1/4 teaspoon) of baking soda which can help in making things brown.

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  • Brazen Lee November 4, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Can’t WAIT to try these! My friend and I LOVE your site. THANK YOU!

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  • Holly November 2, 2014, 11:52 am

    Worst recipe ever, followed recipe perfectly, the batter was too thick it was like frying up bread batter! don’t recommend!

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    • Joanne January 8, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Hi Holly, So sorry you the recipe didn’t work for you! If you find this happens to you again (with our recipe or others) try adding an extra dash of milk to the batter to thin it out a little.

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  • Angela October 26, 2014, 11:18 am

    I just made these and mine came out wonderful. Very fluffy which is what I have been looking for. I will be keeping this recipe.

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  • Ceci October 23, 2014, 6:51 pm

    Try this with buttermilk instead of regular milk. Add 1/8 tsp baking soda. And 1/2 tsp almond extract. So good. 🙂

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    • Joanne October 24, 2014, 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the tips, Ceci.

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  • Helga September 28, 2014, 11:22 am

    Awesome recipe..did it today for the first time and it was like eating a cake! super easy and quick to make, now we’ll have to think of what to mix it with next time..oh the possibilities! are endless!

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  • Enaz September 24, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I’m from Malaysia. Made it several times. Turns out great & fluffy every time (except the first).Son loves making them and eating it after that (he is 6 by the way). And yes, do not over mixing it . Hubby gave it a 2 thumbs up. Better than previous recipe I made before. Glad to find yours! Keep it up! You made families happy enjoying their breakfast (and also mommies as the ingredients are easily found in kitchens and always turns out fluffy and delicious proof).

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  • Sangdy September 20, 2014, 1:56 pm

    These turned out amazing. Light, fluffy pancakes. My sisters and I loved them! I added a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon for more flavor. Yum!

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  • Sharon September 14, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I found your recipe on Pinterest, and out of all the pancake recipes I’ve tried, this one is the best! Hands down!
    I was hesitant to try this recipe, because it called for milk…considereing the place I live in, milk is rarely drunk, at least in this household…so I tried plain ol’ water, as a replacement, and these pancakes still turned out REALLY good!
    When I go home to Texas, I’ll definitely use milk in the recipe then…
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I give it two thumbs up!!!

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  • Brittney September 2, 2014, 7:56 pm

    These were seriously perfect. I’ve had the issue of using old baking powder in the past without realizing it. I followed this recipe to the letter. Great, simple recipe.

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  • Helga August 22, 2014, 7:53 pm

    Going to try them tomorrow for breakfast!

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