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Fluffy Pancakes

This is the best fluffy pancakes recipe according to my family. They are quick and easy to prepare, but we still consider these homemade pancakes a special treat. —Eugene Presley, Council, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening or butter, melted


  • In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine egg, milk and shortening; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes; cook until the second side is golden brown.

Pancake Tips

Why are my pancakes not fluffy?

The culprit is likely overmixing the pancake batter, which overworks the gluten in the flour. Use a gentle hand when folding the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. It’s ideal to see some streaks and pockets of flour. You can also try adding this secret ingredient that makes the fluffiest pancakes ever.

How do you make pancakes from scratch without baking powder?

No baking powder? No problem! For every teaspoon of baking powder in the recipe, combine ½ teaspoon cream of tartar, lemon juice or distilled vinegar, ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon cornstarch. Incorporate this quick baking substitution into the batter at the last minute and don’t let the batter rest but use it right away.

Why is the first pancake always bad?

The first pancake doesn't have to be bad if you follow these tips. To avoid a bad first pancake, it is best to first season your skillet or griddle by heating it over medium heat. Then, carefully grease the cooking surface with oil or butter, wiping off any excess with a paper towel. You can also try making a test pancake with a small spoonful of batter to gauge whether your pan is the right temperature.

Should you let the pancake batter rest?

Yes, you should let the pancake batter rest! Resting the batter for about 5 minutes before spooning onto the griddle allows it to hydrate evenly and helps relax any gluten that may develop, resulting in tender and fluffy pancakes. Check out our other fluffiest pancake recipes.


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  • va7520
    Sep 13, 2020

    Good basic recipe for pancakes. I added apple pie spice and nutmeg as well as vanilla. Batter was thin enough with only 3/4 cup of milk. Would also be good with bananas.

  • Natosha
    Sep 5, 2020


  • Rebeca
    Jul 26, 2020

    Just ok. These were a bit dense. I should have realized from the batter that it needed more milk. Perhaps 1 cup would have been a better ratio- I usually use the Martha Stewart recipe. I also would suggest adding 1 tsp vanilla.

  • Melinda
    Jul 18, 2020

    My son loves this pancake recipe. No more premade pancake mixes.

  • Barrie
    Jul 16, 2020

    Best pancakes ever!!! I used almond milk and Splenda and added a little water because almond milk is thicker and they turned out great! No more boxed mix for me!

  • Michelle
    Jul 11, 2020

    The pancakes were fluffy, but the after taste of the baking powder was awful. It ruined the pancakes.

  • Matt
    Jul 8, 2020

    No comment left

  • Adam
    Jun 15, 2020

    Really good but I burnt them haha, easy and delicious!

  • Patrick Kathleen
    Jun 13, 2020

    Yum yum and so easy.

  • Jwala Anna
    Jun 7, 2020

    Absolutely the best!!!! The fluffiest. I added only 11/2 tsp of the baking powder and it turned out perfect. I would add another tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla the next time.