Here’s the Correct Way to Flip a Pancake Without Splattering Everywhere

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There’s nothing quite as disheartening as a deformed stack of pancakes. Even if you whip up the best homemade pancake recipe in the world, if the pancake splatters everywhere and creates a not-so-round shape, the effect of a perfect fluffy stack of flapjacks kind of loses its appeal. But what if the pancake seems to splatter every time you flip it on the pan?

Don’t fret—thanks to some clever pancake experts on TikTok, we’ve finally come across a trick on how to flip a pancake perfectly.

How to Flip a Pancake With Zero Splatters

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When it comes to flipping the perfect pancake, it’s all about using your fingers—not your wrist. The trick is shown clearly in this TikTok video from the Pancake Parlour, a small breakfast chain in Australia serving fluffy stacks of pancakes and deliciously sweet crepes.

Seems pretty simple, right? In order to flip a pancake and avoid splatters, it all comes down to a simple finger technique. Using two fingers and your thumb, you’ll flip the spatula without using the force of your whole wrist, which can cause the pancakes to splatter on the pan and get everywhere.

To do this, simply pinch the bottom of the spatula with your index finger and middle finger, then place your thumb on top. Once you scoop the pancake into the pan, you’ll twist your three fingers to flip the spatula, making it easy for the pancake to flip and slide off without splatters.

If you clench the spatula and use your wrist to flip the pancake, the motion will be too powerful and cause those ugly splatters everywhere—which the Pancake Parlour demonstrates toward the end of their video.

What Else Should You Know Before Flipping a Pancake?

While the motion of the spatula does make a big difference when trying to flip the perfect flapjack, there are a few other pancake tricks to keep in mind for making the fluffiest stack of pancakes at home.

First, one of the most common pancake mistakes is not waiting for the batter to rest before making your stack. You should always give the batter at least 10 or 15 minutes to set before placing them on a griddle. This allows for the baking powder (or other baking agents) to activate, making the batter fluffy. Yes, this also applies to box mixes! If you don’t give it time, the pancake will likely be thin and may still splatter when you go to flip it.

Second, place the pancake batter in a ketchup bottle to make perfect circles. Obviously, you’re trying to avoid the splatter of the pancake assuming you want perfectly round flapjacks. So be sure the shape is perfect every time by placing the pancake batter in a clean, empty ketchup bottle for easy squirting into the pan. This is also a great trick if you’re looking to make special pancake shapes. A heart-shaped stack? Why not!

Lastly, to avoid splatter even further, you want to make sure the pancakes aren’t underdone when it’s time to flip. This is why it’s important to cook a pancake on a griddle over medium-low heat so that one side doesn’t burn while you are waiting for the fluffy center to cook a bit before flipping. You know it’s time to flip your pancake when the batter becomes nice and bubbly and slightly firm, which will cause less of a mess win it’s time to flip. Plus, it ensures you’re not biting into an underdone pancake—because no one wants that!

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten is a freelance journalist and content strategist who has covered food, health and lifestyle topics for nearly a decade. She covers a little bit of everything at Taste of Home, from testing recipe hacks to investigating TikTok trends. Her work has also appeared in EatingWell, Bustle, Eat This, Not That!, and The Everygirl, to name a few. Armed with a certificate in nutrition science from Stanford Medicine, she debunks nutrition myths and diet culture in "Forkful," her weekly newsletter on Substack. Her debut novel, "Safe Harbor," came out in 2023.