Fluffy Pancake Recipe For One

How To Make Pancakes for One – this easy recipe includes a step by step VIDEO showing how to make a stack of three soft, fluffy pancakes. These pancakes taste great on their own, but are also perfect for add-ins like chocolate chips or mashed banana.
Enjoy with your favorite toppings: butter, syrup, fruit, and more.

a stack of pancakes topped with blueberries |one dish kitchen

Have there been mornings when you’ve thought a batch of delicious pancakes would be a wonderful breakfast to wake up to, only to realize you might be left with way too many pancakes for one person to eat?

If this has been your thought, you’ll love this easy pancake recipe.

This recipe will yield a short stack of pancakes, perfect for serving one or two people.

The Best Pancake Recipe

I’ve certainly craved pancakes yet the thought of making a huge batch that would give me plenty of leftovers just wasn’t enough to motivate me to make them. That’s why I created this wonderful recipe which will show you how quick and easy it is to make pancakes for one person.

This easy pancake recipe will give you 3 delightfully fluffy pancakes.

Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook Order Link

This “pancake recipe for one” is a reader favorite recipe. It’s been on our site for few years and has always gotten great reviews. I decided to update the photos on this post and share them with you.

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pancakes on a plate with syrup drizzle

Pancakes For One

This simple recipe is perfect if you’re cooking for one or two people.

If you like banana pancakes, mash a banana and add it to the batter. You may have to add a little more milk to get a thinner consistency, though.

If you want to add a handful of chocolate chips or blueberries, go right ahead.

This is a basic pancake recipe that delivers pancakes that not only taste great on their own but are perfect for add-ins.

stack of pancakes on a plate with a glass of orange juice on the side | one dish kitchen

Day-old pancakes don’t taste as good as hot off the griddle ones and with this easy recipe, you don’t need to make a huge batch to satisfy a pancake craving.

Pancake Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

For this easy pancake recipe you will need:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • egg
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • butter 

Tips For Making The Best Pancakes

  1. Let lumps remain in the batter: It’s true, lumpy pancake batter is absolutely okay. Stir the batter until there are no more flour streaks and still lumpy. But be careful not to overmix.
  2. Check to make sure your baking powder is fresh. If it is old or expired you will end up with flat pancakes, not light and fluffy ones.
  3. Wipe out the pan between pancakes. I love cooking pancakes in butter but the butter will eventually burn. To solve this problem, wipe the pan between pancakes and add a little bit more butter before cooking the next pancake.
  4. Flip the pancakes when the bubbles just begin to pop.

How To Serve Pancakes

This homemade pancake recipe will yield 3 pancakes. Serve them with butter and syrup or with berries or bananas.

Other Single Serving and Small Batch Breakfast Recipes

If you like these “pancakes for one” , you might also like these recipes:

Waffle Recipe For One

Small Batch Biscuit Recipe

Breakfast Bread Pudding For One

Blueberry Muffin For One

French Toast For One

Berry Filled Dutch Baby For One

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Pancake Recipe: How To Make Pancakes For One

Pancakes For One | One Dish Kitchen

How To Make Pancakes For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keyword: pancakes
Servings: 3 pancakes
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon butter for the pan

How To Video


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the milk, vanilla and melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. If the batter seems too thick, add more of the milk, a little at a time.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Ladle about 3/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet to make a pancake.
  • Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancake, and the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side. Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings: butter, syrup, fruit or any other topping you desire.


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg
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116 thoughts on “Fluffy Pancake Recipe For One”

  1. Joanie, I have tried a few of your recipes: tuna casserole, shrimp fettuccine, pancakes. Love all the recipes and I appreciate you😀

    1. Thank you so very much, Erica. It makes my day to know that you are enjoying the recipes.
      Thank you again for taking the time to let me know.


  2. 5 stars
    These are probably the best homemade pancakes I’ve ever made! I used 1 cup of self-rising flour to make it even easier and added chocolate chips. My kids loved it! I will definitely make it again. Thank you!

    1. Chocolate chips are such a great addition! I’m so happy you and your kids loved the pancakes, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.


  3. 5 stars
    We have dairy allergies in our family and substituted butter for imperial butter and put soy milk in it. Oh my heavens !! So delicious! The kids loved it and the hubby has eaten about 5 now haha! So fluffy and so amazing!
    Thanks you!

    1. Hi Ashley,
      I’m so happy the pancakes with the substitutions worked so well for you and your family. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know!


    2. Great recipe. I used 3/4 batter and I got 2 medium pancakes. That’s still a lot for me but I enjoyed making the recipe and will definitely make them again.

    3. 5 stars
      Delicious and perfect recipe! Tastes as good as restaurant quality! Thank you, I will definitely be making this again instead of buying a box from the store! 🙂

  4. Just made these. OML, they are fabulous. Topped with my homemade strawberry jam, using your recipe. I am in Heaven.

  5. 5 stars
    This made 3 large pancakes for me! And I have redeemed myself! I have NEVER made good pancakes…never. With this recipe, I made fluffy, fully cooked pancakes that my college student loved. THANK YOU! Saving for me and forwarding to them!

    1. I’m so happy the pancakes were a hit! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
      Have a wonderful week!

    1. Hi Mia,
      I’m sorry your pancakes didn’t turn out as you had hoped. Hundreds of readers have made these pancakes with success so I would love to see if we can figure out why yours turned out flat and rubbery.
      There are a couple of reasons this can happen and I mention them briefly in the recipe post. The most common reason that pancakes aren’t fluffy lies in expired baking soda. Has yours expired? If baking powder is old or expired then you will end up with flat pancakes and not light, fluffy ones.


  6. I am looking for the pancake’s recipe and i found your recipe. I think it’s simple and i’ll try to make it. Thanks for sharing Joanie

  7. 5 stars
    I just wanted to share my success in making these gluten free! I substituted the all-purpose flour for King Arthur’s Measure for Measure flour. I used the measurements as stated, other than I added a second egg (gluten free flour tends to be a lot more dense than normal flour). They were delicious and fluffy!! Will definitely be making these again! This recipe made 4 good sized pancakes.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing how you made these pancakes gluten free. I know many readers of ODK will be so happy to know this can be done with success. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe, thank you so much for letting me know.


  8. Disappointed. They were thick but not fluffy. Very dense and heavy. But then again I’m usually disappointed in pancakes I make at home. Might try the waffles next time.

    1. Hi Bonny,

      I’m sorry your pancakes didn’t turn out as expected. The fact that they were dense and not fluffy could be due to a number of factors. Overmixing the pancake batter develops the gluten which very often will make pancakes turn out rubbery and dense. For best results, mix just until the batter comes together leaving a few lumps. Also, check to make sure the baking powder you are using hasn’t expired. This would also contribute to heavy pancakes.

      Hope this helps.


        1. Hi Amanda,

          Although I haven’t tested this recipe with gluten free flour, others readers have told me they did with success. More specifically, a reader said she substituted the flour with King Arthur’s GF Measure for Measure Flour but needed to add an extra egg since GF flour tends to be a little dense.

          Hope this helps and please let me know how yours turn out if you choose to make the substitution.


  9. 4 stars
    A misleading title! Great pancake recipe but waaaay too much for one! I ended up with 3 4 inch pancakes that were about ¼ inch thick! Light and fluffy but I only made it through one. I guess I need to play around with the amount of flour and milk to get a true one person serving!

    1. Hi Lesley,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thank you.

      I don’t like to dictate how much a person should eat at one sitting. What is a good amount for one person may not be enough for another. I like to suggest that our readers take some of the recipes as guidelines and adjust accordingly. The portion size featured in the recipes are amounts that I would enjoy myself and amounts that have been recommended by our testers.

  10. I used the left over self rising flour from the vanilla cupcakes for this recipe. Came out great! I love your recipes. They enable me to continue good old fashioned stovetop home cooking as opposed to buying unhealthy premade frozen microwave servings for one.

    1. Great idea, Joanne! I’m so happy you liked the pancakes. Thanks so much for letting me know!
      Have a wonderful week.

    2. Made recipe.. I used 1.5 T baking powder for little fluffier pancakes. All said pancakes we’re delicious! Thank you for recipe.
      p.s. I used Fairlife whole milk & Kerry Gold grass fed butter.

      1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the pancakes, Allen. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
        Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. 5 stars
    While walking my dog this cold, snowy winter morning, I smelled something wonderful that had me hankering for some pancakes. I did a google search for ‘pancakes for one’, and found this recipe and website. I immediately pulled out my griddle pan and whipped up these wonderful pancakes! They were big and fluffy, just like the picture. Had some blueberries in the fridge, and sprinkled them on one of the cakes while it was cooking. The only thing I changed was to use unsweetened almond milk, as that’s what I had on hand.

    I’m now having fun looking around your site, and can’t wait to try more of your recipes! I think your eggplant parmigiana will be next. Thank you for such great ideas when it comes to cooking for one!

  12. I’ve tried this recipe twice and both times the flour clumps into little balls when I pour in the wet ingredients. I stir but these flour balls don’t mix into the batter/never blends into a smooth mixture – it resembles runny oatmeal. I even tried a whisk but the batter will not incorporate into a smooth mixture. The thin batter spreads all over the skillet and the pancakes come out flat, not fluffy. Any ideas where I’m going wrong? Thanks.

    1. Hi Pat,
      I’m sorry you had those issues. I know how frustrating it can be to not have a recipe turn out the way we hope. Hopefully, I can answer your questions.
      First of all, the pancake batter will not be completely smooth. In fact, the batter will have a few lumps and that’s okay. Stir your batter until the dry and wet ingredients are just incorporated and leave the little lumps.

      Next, I suspect that the reason the pancakes turn out flat and not fluffy is because you might be over-mixing the batter. If you over-mix, the gluten will develop from the flour in your batter, making your pancakes chewy and flat instead of fluffy.

      I hope this helps.

  13. 5 stars
    OMG, these are even more fantastic than I expected! I really indulged this morning in honor of PMS— I made them with bacon grease in place of butter, and drizzled Karo corn syrup on top, just like when I was a kid. They are sooo flippin’ fluffy and perfectly moist. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I will be including it in my saved stash of recipes!

  14. 5 stars
    Tonight was a night I was craving breakfast for dinner (happens a lot lol) and my heart was set on pancakes. I was ticked off because I was out of pancake mix and had forgotten to buy more. Then I found your recipe…..THANK YOU!! It’s as simple as stirring up some mix and I got 4 big pancakes out of it. Though I tried my hardest I could barely finish three lol. Your site is a Godsend for people like me who are cooking (and definitely baking) for one. I’ve already tried a few other recipes with success so again …a great big heartfelt THANK YOU

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Jane. Your comment means the world to me. Thank you for letting me know you loved the pancakes and are enjoying the recipes.

  15. 5 stars
    These pancakes were delicious! Some were burnt (completely my mistake, the heat was way too high!) but those that weren’t, came out delicious! I added just a splash of vanilla extract as a personal preference!

  16. These look great, but I noticed the calorie count is way off. A cup of flour has around 450 calories (200 more than the total in the nutrition label for this recipe). I put the recipe into a calorie counter and it comes out near 750 calories.

  17. 5 stars
    These were the perfect breakfast pancakes for my sons birthday as only he wanted them. Thanks for making the recipe so simple to follow. Will be making them again.

  18. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, Joanie! You did it again. Another FABULOUS recipe that made me want to pick up a fork, reach right through my screen and snag a pancake! I ran to the kitchen, whipped up this recipe and savored each and every bite. My empty plate is sitting right here next to my computer. Mmmm…that was good!

  19. 5 stars
    I love your recipe! I make pancakes for my children but I need to watch my carb count. This recipe let’s me make small batches for them with no leftovers to temp me!

  20. 5 stars
    These made more than 3 pancakes! I added some white vinegar to the milk to make pseudo-buttermilk and managed to squeezed 5 medium sized ones outta them. Great for those sudden pancake cravings!

  21. 5 stars
    These made for a perfect “me night” dinner! No modifications made to the recipe. I cooked them in my Mickey Mouse waffle maker to make Mickey pancakes. The recipe made 3.5 thick pancakes. I will definitely use this recipe in the future.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the pancakes, Meg. I love that you used a Mickey waffle maker – so fun! We used to have one when my kids were little and they loved having Mickey pancakes.

  22. Your pancakes so light and fluffy. I haven’t had pancakes in years because even when trying them at restaurants, they are just too heavy for me. Will have to try this recipe too!

  23. Thanks for the recipe! If I have to mix batter, I usually prefer to have extras and have a quick breakfast/snack for a few days. But you’re right about fresh off the griddle tasting better than reheated so this is a great option to have.

  24. Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    5 stars
    I love single-serving recipes! Especially ones like this – you never normally see pancake recipes that only make one portion!

  25. This just made hungry, they look scrumptious and it’s really helpful because every time I dare pancakes I end up with too much and everyone gets tired of eating too much. Thank you for the recipe.

  26. Hi, love your recipes, just wondering if I want to make double for your recipes do I just double the ingredients and the cooking time if the food goes in the oven?

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thank you, I’m glad you like the recipes. A few of the recipes can be doubled but they are developed as single serving recipes and have been tested that way. The Pancakes For One recipe can be doubled with success.

  27. These were really good, and fluffy! I did have to add an extra tsp of milk because the batter was a tad too thick. This recipe would be perfect for two in my opinion. My fiancé doesn’t like pancakes and I was begging him to eat the leftovers. Pancakes fill me up quickly though so it could just be me.

  28. Also a perfect size batch for kids! Whipped these up for my 4 and almost 2 year old made lots of little sized pancakes that they loved. Thank you!

  29. 5 stars
    I just made these and it was my first time ever making pancakes without a mix and even though the look deformed (my fault) they are WONDERFUL I will be adding this recipe to my box so thank you very much me and my nephew are very grateful.

    1. Hi Jacob,
      Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed the pancakes. I'm so happy you liked the recipe.


  30. 5 stars
    These are the best pancakes I have ever had – thank you so much! All the others were either very dense or eggy, but these were great. Actually, I split the recipe in half because after reading the other comments I didn't want to make too much, and that was enough for me. I substituted oil for butter (because I was too lazy to walk over to the microwave) and added a bit of vanilla extract. On top of the cooked pancakes I poured black current jam and it was so good! I never liked making pancakes because they wouldn't taste very good and would be really heavy, but if I do make them (which I definitely will, thanks to you), this is the only recipe I will ever use.

    1. Rachel, I'm so happy you liked the recipe. I'll bet the jam on top was perfect. Thanks so much for letting me know. Have a wonderful week!

  31. 4 stars
    I had a hankering for pancakes this morning and my go-to "serves 2" recipe always ends in leftovers (even between hubby & I!). With the egg ratio it can't be divided easily so I turned to Google and landed here. Still a little much for just me to eat, and a little on the flat side (probably more my fault than the recipe – I'm used to using soured milk & bicarb for added fluff!) but overall this is definitely a recipe I will play with again next time the craving hits.

    I sub'd Stevia for the sugar & added some vanilla extract and cinnamon sugar, then topped with maple syrup to serve and my craving was well satisfied (yep, I definitely have a sweet tooth). Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

  32. I just made pancakes with this recipe and they are amazing (added a teaspoon of vanilla extract) a little too much for one person but perfect for two!! thank you!!!

  33. 4 stars
    Hi, I was extremely skeptical when the milk curdled, but I pushed through, and these pancakes taste great! Thanks for the effortless recipe! -Joann (Hey, we have really similar names!)

  34. I just found your blog, searching for a single portion pancake recipe- I tried it out and love it! They came out so fluffy and I am very happy I found that recipe. Thank you!
    Best regards from Germany 🙂

  35. Liz @ Teta Lizza's Kitchen

    Perfect recipe and so easy to customize with your favourite flavors! I wanted pancakes but hubby wanted something else so this made everyone (me) happy!

  36. 5 stars
    I made these and they turned out great. Just a question, if i double the recipe, do i use 2tsp baking powder or still use 1 tsp?

    1. Hi Hope, I’m so glad you liked the recipe. Thank you for letting me know. If you want to double the recipe, double all of the ingredients.

  37. Hi Joanie,

    I stumbled across your blog searching for pancakes for one on Pinterest. Just wanted to say these were so good. Perfectly fluffy! These will definitely be my go to recipe for pancakes from now on. Thanks!!

  38. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    I love the idea of pancakes for one! I currently have 4 little ones at home, and I must say……the idea of a quiet household sounds amazing to me! But I can imagine it feels a little lonely once it actually happens. The funny things about life, I guess…. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cathy. I can remember when my kids were all little and keeping me so busy that I would dream about how it would be when they got older. Looking back, it happened so quickly although it didn’t feel like it in the moment. First, elementary school was a new chapter – then off to high school (which was fun) and then college. My husband and I are actually enjoying this time in our lives, it opens up new oportunities to travel and do things we couldn’t do when they were little. Even though I miss my kids, being an (almost) empty nester is pretty fun 🙂

      1. I love all your great recipes and I want to thank you for them. Is it possible to make this pancake recipe and freeze the leftover ones separated with parchment paper, and then warm over in my air fryer or toaster?

        1. Hi Darlynn,
          I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes, thank you so much for letting me know.
          Yes, the pancakes freeze well and are a nice treat to have on hand when you don’t feel like making up a fresh batch.


  39. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Super idea! The holidays are fabulous, but can be a bit of a bummer when everyone can’t be together…I know the feeling!

  40. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Mmmm, I’d love a short stack like this with some warm maple syrup and mug of hot coffee. A perfect way to start the day!

  41. I will be a wreck when my kids go off to college. I hope they stay in the same city because I will miss them so! I do love the idea of pancakes for one though and these are perfectly fluffy!

  42. Becky | The Cookie Rookie

    5 stars
    What a great idea! I’m always wanting pancakes but don’t want all the excess!! Love this post!

  43. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    First off, Joanie, I seriously thought you were in yours 20s; you look amazing! When you said 5 kids, and half them in collage, you threw me for a loop! I seriously love how you make recipes that are suitable for one person. Sometimes I do not want to make a huge meal!
    PS: laser eye surgery went fantastic, highly recommend it!

    1. Thanks so much, Kacey – you totally made my day! So glad to hear about your eye surgery, I may have to bite the bullet and go for it.

  44. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    I love pancakes, there is something so perfect about them. Plus they go perfect with bacon 🙂

  45. Joanie,
    My kids have not yet launched, but I can empathize with you. Last summer my octogenarian parents planned yet another downsizing–this time from a 2 bedroom condo in a retirement community to an 800 square foot apartment in an Active Seniors building (apparently that means that they get meals in the dining room and a driver to take them places, but they get themselves dressed and stuff).
    My folks emailed us kids and asked us to find a 3-4 day window where we could all converge (we don’t all like in the same country much less time zone as our folks).
    What a treat! Hanging out with my brothers and our parents–even if we were packing up and shedding family heirlooms and lightening their load, it was still very special to hang out with my family of origin. I enjoy our holiday times, with spouses and kids and all, but it is very neat to be with just my first family too.

    Pancakes–too right they are easy to throw together if you’ve got the right stuff. Since I make muffins so often, I go through baking powder and baking soda frequently which means I know it’s fresh. These look smashing!

    1. Thank you, Kirsten. I bet it was so nice getting to reconnect with your siblings and parents. Two of my kids are fresh out of college and two are still in college and it’s challenging to try to find a window of time where we can all get together. So far, we’ve all decided that the first week in June works for all of us so I’m excited to go on vacation with them all. I’m looking forward to making it a yearly event. I think we should be able to if we all schedule it a year ahead of time.

  46. Sharon @Plated with Style

    5 stars
    I already ate breakfast, but I’m going to make these for lunch. Pancakes for lunch is OK right? 😀

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