There’s nothing like a stack of freshly cooked pancakes to start your morning. These thick breakfast pancakes have the perfect crispy edges and soft, fluffy center. With our step-by-step instructions, this will surely be the best pancake recipe you’ll ever try!

After learning to make simple pancakes from scratch, take your breakfast game to the next level. Cook up fresh lemon blueberry pancakes for a zesty twist, and some pancakes with chocolate chips for an extra sweet treat! Not a pancake fan? No worries, check out our best belgian waffle recipe.

Easy pancake recipe made with butter and milk, syrup being poured in a stack of pancakes with berries.

Master the art of homemade pancakes with this easy recipe. All you need are simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes! Whether you love breakfast pancakes topped with butter or slathered in syrup, these will be the easiest and most delicious pancakes.

Why You’ll Love This Pancake Recipe

  • Pantry staples. These pancakes are made with ingredients you likely have at home, just like our banana pancake recipe
  • Beginner recipe. Ditch the boxed pancake mix because this easy recipe is perfect for beginner cooks or getting young kids involved. 
  • Customizable. With the addition of tasty toppings, you can easily make these pancakes your own.

Incredible Flavor Combinations:

  • Strawberry Banana: A classic combination of fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, and a healthy dollop of whipped cream. 
  • Chocolate Banana Split: Top your pancake stack with a banana, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream for a special breakfast treat. 
  • Peanut Butter Jelly Pancakes: Layer your pancake stack with a generous amount of peanut butter and your favorite berry jam!
  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: Top your pancake stack with a sprinkle of cinnamon and easy cinnamon roll icing!
Homemade pancakes stacked on top of each other with berries and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Ingredients for the Best Pancake Recipe:

You most likely already have most of these ingredients.

  • Dry ingredients – A mixture of all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Wet ingredients – A combination of whole milk, egg, and melted butter. 
  • Oil & butter – greases the pan while giving the pancakes slightly crispy edges.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and quantities.

How to Make the Best Pancakes

Our step-by-step instructions make these the easiest pancakes:

A mixing bowl of the dry pancake ingredients.

1 – Dry ingredients – Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Create a small well in the center of the bowl.

A large mixing bowl of the wet ingredients.

2 – Wet ingredients – Whisk sugar, milk, egg, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the well and mix gently until barely combined. 

The combined wet and dry ingredients.

3 – Pour the wet mixture into the well and mix gently until barely combined. There should still be a few lumps.

A pan with four cooking pancakes.

4 – Cook – Heat butter and oil on a skillet or griddle. Once the butter melts, pour pancake batter into the pan, creating small pancake patties. Turn the pan on low-medium heat and wait for bubbles to form on top of the pancakes before flipping. 

Pro Tips for Expert Level Pancakes:

  • Measure flour correctly – Spoon your flour gently into the measuring cup to get an accurate amount. 
  • Sift to combine – Sifting your dry ingredients together is essential for a homogenous mixture while preventing clumps.
  • Don’t overmix the pancake batter – Only mix the batter until it is combined. This is key for fluffy pancakes. 
  • Thick pancakes – Use a biscuit mold or the lid of a Mason jar to make thick and tall pancakes. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan – Cook the pancakes in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan. 
  • Wipe the pan down – Use a paper towel to wipe the pan down the pan between batches. This prevents burnt butter from ruining the pancakes.

Pancake Toppings:

Simple pancakes are a blank canvas when it comes to toppings. You can recreate your favorite restaurant-level pancakes at home with endless toppings and flavor combinations. 

A white plate with four pancakes, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Beside the pancakes are fresh berries.

Serving Suggestions:

Recipe FAQs

Can I add fruit to my pancake batter? 

You can add various fruits to the batter to level up these pancakes! Blueberries, raspberries, and even strawberries would have delicious results. 

Why are my pancakes not fluffy? 

This can be a result of overmixing the batter. Lightly mix the batter until just incorporated, leaving a few clumps. 

Can I cook pancakes in just oil? 

Cook the pancakes in oil with no problem. Butter adds a nice flavor to the pancakes but is optional. 

Can pancakes be made dairy-free?

To make the pancakes dairy-free, take out the milk and instead use almond milk or oat milk!

Store & Reheat 

  • Storage. Leftover pancakes can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat. Warm leftover pancakes on a skillet over low-medium heat until warmed through.
  • Freeze. Pancakes can be frozen for a quick breakfast down the line. Arrange thoroughly cooled pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. Once pancakes are frozen, arrange them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bags. Label and store for up to 3 months. Reheat: Thaw pancakes in the fridge overnight and warm on a skillet over low-medium heat. 

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The Best Pancake Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 10 votes
If you are looking for the best pancake recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Fluffy pancakes with lightly crispy edges. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make the most delectable pancakes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour measured then sifted
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup & 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp canola oil divided, for cooking
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter divided, for cooking


  • In a large bowl, add in flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift them together and create a well in the center.
  • whisk sugar, milk, egg, and melted butter in a separate bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the well of the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined.
  • add ½ tsp of oil and ½ a Tbsp of butter to a warm pan. Once the butter melts, use a ¼ measuring cup to pour more batter onto the pan. Cook the pancakes on low-medium heat.
  • Flip the pancakes once bubbles begin to form on top.
  • Once both sides of the pancakes are cooked remove from the heat. Add remaining oil and butter to cook the remaining batter.
  • Finish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


  • Measure flour correctly – Spoon your flour gently into the measuring cup to get an accurate amount. Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Keep the skillet clean: Wipe down the skillet after each batch of pancakes. Butter tends to burn quickly.
  • Store: Keep leftover pancakes in the fridge for four days.


335kcal Calories46g Carbs8g Protein12g Fat7g Saturated Fat71mg Cholesterol248mg Sodium481mg Potassium1g Fiber10g Sugar450IU Vitamin A235mg Calcium2.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
The Best Pancake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 248mg11%
Potassium 481mg14%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)