Fluffy Pancakes from Scratch

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Light fluffy pancakes are easy to achieve with this homemade pancakes recipe! Perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch, pancakes from scratch are the best.

Fluffy Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes

These are the ingredients for homemade pancakes:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Milk (whole or low-fat)
  • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Large eggs
  • Melted butter

Fluffy Pancakes

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

Here’s how to make fluffy pancakes your whole family will enjoy:

  1. Preheat a non-stick griddle, or a wide non-stick skillet, over low/medium heat.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix briefly until just combined.

Pancakes from Scratch

Fluffy Pancakes

When mixing pancake batter it’s important not to over-mix, or your pancakes will have a rubbery texture. We want light, tender, fluffy pancakes that almost melt in your mouth.

  1. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl.
  2. Gently whisk the ingredients together until fully incorporated.
  3. There may still be lumps. That’s okay!

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

Easy Pancakes from Scratch

When cooking pancakes on a non-stick surface you don’t need to brush any butter or oil onto the griddle! Your pancakes can be easily lifted and flipped with a spatula.

  1. Using a measuring spoon, place 2 tablespoons of batter on the hot griddle.
  2. As soon as you see bubbles on the surface starting to burst, flip the pancake.
  3. Allow the pancake to cook for another minute or until it’s golden and done.

Easy Pancakes from Scratch

Best Pancake Toppings

Breakfast should never be boring. Delicious homemade pancakes can be topped a variety of ways. Mix things up. Try new pancake toppings!

  • Raspberries, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries
  • A pat of butter plus maple syrup, honey or blue agave nectar
  • A sprinkling of powdered sugar
  • Yogurt plus nuts or granola
  • A generous dollop of ricotta cheese
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream with a long drizzle of hot fudge
  • A spoonful of marshmallow fluff
  • Dulce de leche
  • Nutella or jam
  • Fried egg plus two strips of crispy bacon
  • Cream cheese frosting plus chocolate chips

Easy Pancakes

What’s the Trick for Fluffy Pancakes?

  • Adding lemon juice to the batter.
  • Not over mixing the pancake batter.
  • FOR AN EXTRA BOOST OF FLUFFINESS: Separate the eggs. Add in the yolks with the wet ingredients and mix until blended. The final step is folding or stirring the egg whites into the batter.

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Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes from Scratch

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Say goodbye to flat, rubbery, over-cooked pancakes. Making light fluffy pancakes has never been easier!  This delicious recipe for pancakes from scratch is a keeper!


  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup whole or low-fat milk
  • 11/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium/low heat.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into a deep mixing bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients until just mixed.
  3. *For the fluffiest pancakes, see notes below. Add all the wet ingredients into the bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Do not overmix. The pancake batter may still have lumps, and that’s okay!
  4. With a measuring spoon, form each pancake by ladling two tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. As soon as bubbles rise to the surface and begin to pop, flip your pancakes over. Cook for another minute or so, until your fluffy pancakes are lightly golden and done.
  5. Serve straight off the griddle with your favorite toppings!



  • Adding lemon juice to the pancake batter.
  • Not over-mixing the batter.
  • FOR AN EXTRA BOOST OF FLUFFINESS:  Separate the eggs. Add in yolks with the wet ingredients and mix until blended. The final step: fold or stir egg whites into the batter.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pancakes, fluffy pancakes, homemade pancakes, pancakes from scratch

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  1. Oh man, I haven’t had from-scratch pancakes since my roommate moved to Canada! I miss his pancakes, I’m goubg to have to try making these-they look so good!

  2. YUM! wow, these look incredible, we’ll both give it a go come the weekend, can’t wait! This breakfast pizza looks absolutely delicious!

  3. I’ve never made pancakes from scratch, but your recipe looks pretty easy. I would’ve never thought about using lemon juice to make them fluffy. Thanks for sharing a tasty recipe!

    1. I never would have thought of that either, but one day it just came to mind. I could never go back now.

  4. WOw these look really fluffy and so sooo good! We love pancakes in our house. It’s one of our favorite breakfast. Topped with fruits and syrup, it’s just delicious. Lovely photos, btw. Makes me wanna grab these pancakes from the screen. ;)

  5. As weird as this sounds, I have never made pancakes from scratch before. I have always used a mix in the past. I may have to try this recipe!

  6. This perfect recipe for thanksgiving day breakfast, soft fluffy pancakes. I can add some sprinkles and make it as Christmas day breakfast too. I will let you know how my experiment turned out.

  7. These look amazing!! OMG now I’m tempted to whip up a batch! I’ve not had pancakes in a while..it’s always such a treat when we do make them. Perfect recipe for holiday mornings <3

  8. I cook pancakes a lot. Sometimes I prefer them fluffy, sometimes I like them flat but one thing stays the same – I can’t get tired of them as well as of experimenting with various recipes. Yours is amazing!

  9. I love fluffy pancakes and these do look fluffy. Love how simple and easy this recipe is too. Nothing beat a nice stack of fluffy pancakes for a weekend breakfast.

  10. Pancakes are a Sunday staple in our home, I will have to try the lemon juice next time to see the fluffy pancakes difference!!

  11. I wish I had everything on hand to make this recipe right now. It looks so yummy, and perfect to make a delicious Sunday brunch for my family.

  12. It’s been years since I’ve made pancakes. I’ve forgotten how good they taste and I’ve lost my recipe on how to make them. Lucky for me that you posted the recipe!! I’m going to pin it and make them this week.

  13. OMG, I love homemade pancakes! Is there any other way? Thanks for this awesome recipe, bookmarked!

  14. I love to make pancakes. I haven’t made them homemade, without a box mix in years. i don’t know why, these sound amazing.

  15. We LOVE pancakes in our home and your from scratch recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Pancakes have turned out so fluffy and yummy looking.

  16. These pancakes look great! My children will be delighted with them! Good idea for breakfast and I would like to eat it every day! Thanks!

  17. I would love to make pancakes like this! I’m gonna try it this way and see if I can get fluffy pancakes! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Pancakes is one of my daughter’s favorite foods to eat, and making this recipe for her makes her happy.

  19. Pancakes taste so much better from scratch. I love that you served it with fresh fruit. So much fresher than butter and syrup.

  20. My husband makes homemade pancakes every Sunday. His recipe is pretty similar to yours but he does not use lemon juice. I have to share that tip with him

  21. Beautiful plate of fluffy pancakes! I love blueberries with mine, but my all time favorite is warm maple syrup!

  22. Now this is my favorite breakfast! I want to eat pancakes every day! I’m sure this is very tasty. This is a great recipe for me.

  23. That is an absolutely gorgeous stack of pancakes. Mine always turned out flat before! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Pancakes are a family tradition in our house. I love your detailed instructions. Can’t wait to try some of your tips and tricks!

  25. I love making pancakes. We do a breakfast for dinner usually about once a month and will make pancakes. I will definitely try these. They are delicious I am sure.

  26. The most perfect pancakes! And the toppings options are endless because they pair well with everything!

  27. Oh wow, you aren’t kidding about these being fluffy! These look so delicious, and perfect for breakfast on a cold morning

  28. Your pancake mix with lemon is delicious! The key is not to over mix the batter and you will have lovely fluffy tall pancakes. Always make homemade syrup that will tops them off.