How to Make Homemade Pancakes

Skip the mix. All the ingredients you need for delicious pancakes are probably in your pantry right now. You're already on the way to learning how to make homemade pancakes. Go you!

By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor and James Schend, Food Editor

Homemade pancakes from scratch.

Expert Tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • Don't overmix the batter. The more you stir, the more protein develops and the tougher and chewier your pancakes will be.
  • Let the batter rest. After you mix the pancake batter, let it sit for a while. It allows the proteins to relax, making for pillowy-soft flapjacks.
  • Use shortening to grease the griddle. Butter isn't your best option—its high water content can cause sticking.
  • Let them breathe. When you pour the batter, leave enough space between your pancakes so they have room to expand without running into each other. They'll stay nice and round.
  • Plan for the week. Make a double batch and refrigerate or freeze extra homemade pancakes to reheat in the toaster throughout the week.

Fluffy Pancakes Recipe

Your new go-to pancake recipe has only a handful of steps. Combine your dry ingredients. Next, mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine. Then the fun parts: Griddle. Flip. Share.

Makes: 8 pancakes.

What you'll need:


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


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Griddle or skillet
  • Crisco or other solid shortening

1. Mix dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Mixing dry ingredients to make pancake batter from scratch.

2. Mix wet ingredients.

Combine egg, milk and butter.

Mixing egg, milk and buttter for homemade pancake recipes.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Mix wet ingredients into the batter just until there is no visible dry flour. Be careful not to overmix the batter.

Combining ingredients to make pancakes from scratch.

4. Sit for a bit.

Ever notice that your last griddle of homemade pancakes is your best? That's because it's best to let the batter rest for at least 5 minutes (and up to 30 minutes).

5. Grease your griddle.

Heat your griddle over medium heat. Add a small amount of solid shortening and swirl to coat. Before adding your pancake batter, wipe excess grease away; more is not better here. If you don't have a griddle, no worries—you can use a skillet. Grease it with Crisco the same way you'd grease a griddle.

6. Pour your batter.

Pour your homemade pancake batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the greased hot griddle. Make sure to leave enough room between pancakes for expansion.

Pouring homemade pancake batter to cook pancakes.

7. Wait…and flip.

See those bubbles forming on top of the pancakes? Wait about 30 seconds, or after bubbles start to break, before flipping.

Flipping homemade pancakes.

8. Finish 'em off.

Cook until the second side is golden brown.

The next time you need to know how to make homemade pancakes—friends are over, you've got a craving and the wait time at your favorite brunch place is just way too long—you've got it in the bag. Not the box.