Fluffy Pancakes

This fluffy pancake recipe will quickly become a go-to in your breakfast playbook. 

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What Makes Pancakes Fluffy? 

The secret to the fluffiest pancakes? Air! The combination of homemade buttermilk (milk and vinegar) and two leaveners (baking powder and baking soda) create lots of air bubbles in the pancake batter, resulting in the lightest and fluffiest pancakes imaginable.  

How to Make Pancakes Fluffy

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade fluffy pancakes: 

  1. Make the homemade buttermilk (a.k.a. sour milk). 
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. 
  3. Whisk the dry mixture into the wet mixture until smooth. 
  4. Scoop the batter onto the skillet. 
  5. Cook until the top is bubbly, flip, and continue cooking until both sides are brown. 

How to Serve Fluffy Pancakes

Top these fluffy pancakes with maple syrup for a sweetly satisfying breakfast. They also pair well with or homemade . 

closeup of a stack of pancakes topped with a pat of butter, dripping with maple syrup
Hannah Culbertson

Can You Make Fluffy Pancake Batter Ahead of Time? 

You can make pancake batter ahead of time. Simply store the batter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days, then cook according to the recipe. For the fluffiest pancakes, though, it’s best to mix up the batter just before cooking. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“These were easy and delicious,” raves . “I used lemon juice instead of vinegar to sour the milk and, as I always do with pancake or crepe batter, I let the batter rest for 30 minutes before cooking. Batter was thick and bubbly and made light, fluffy pancakes.”

“Hands down, the very best pancakes I've ever made,” according to one Allrecipes community member. “And they were delicious and super fluffy. I also added in some vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Delicious!”

“These pancakes are amazing,” says . “Light, fluffy, perfect and simple to make. I doubled the recipe with no issue. I had buttermilk on hand that I needed to use, up so I substituted it for the sour milk. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract!!”

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Fluffy Pancakes

closeup of a stack of four Fluffy Pancakes topped with a spread of butter and drizzle of maple syrup
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 pancakes


  • ¾ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • cooking spray


  1. Combine milk and vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to make sour milk.

  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into soured milk. Pour flour mixture into milk mixture and whisk until lumps are gone.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat it with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

    closeup of a stack of four Fluffy Pancakes topped with a spread of butter and drizzle of maple syrup


Recipe Tip

Top these pancakes with a homemade .

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

230 Calories
8g Fat
33g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g 13%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 121mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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