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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.

Three pancakes stacked on a plate and topped with melted butter and blueberries next to a small bowl of blueberries, a glass of orange juice, and a small glass container of maple syrup

If you're craving pancakes but want just enough to serve one or two people, this pancake recipe is for you. These pancakes are fluffy and soft, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.

Why This Recipe Works

  • I've been using this pancake recipe for years. The pancakes are easy to make and they can be ready in minutes.
  • This easy pancake recipe will give you 3 delightfully fluffy pancakes.
  • This pancake recipe is a favorite of so many of our readers. It has been on our website for quite a number of years and has always gotten great reviews.

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Ingredients

butter, flour, vanilla, milk, baking powder, and salt on a brown cutting board

Ingredient Notes

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

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder makes the pancakes light and fluffy.
  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar.
  • Salt: I use 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt or coarse ground salt which helps to balance out the sugar.
  • Egg: One egg adds structure and helps make the pancakes fluffy.
  • Milk: Since I mostly use lowfat milk in my own home, I use this type of milk when I make pancakes. You can use whole milk, skim milk, unsweetened almond milk, or oat milk instead.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds sweetness and great flavor.
  • Butter: Melted salted butter makes the pancakes richer. If you use unsalted butter, you might need to add a little more salt than called for in the recipe.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg and the remaining wet ingredients.
  3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together. Stir until you no longer see dry clumps of flour. You may still see some small lumps and that's okay. If the batter seems too thick, add more of the milk, a little at a time.
  4. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Ladle about 3/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet to make a pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancake, and the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  6. Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side. Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

This recipe makes 3 pancakes, so depending on how many you eat at one sitting, this recipe could serve 1 to 2 people.

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Pouring syrup over stack of pancakes on a plate topped with melting butter next to a small bowl of blueberries and a glass of orange juice

Expert Tips

  • Flour measurements can be a huge variable when it comes to baking. Weighing ingredients is by far the most accurate, but it isn't done much in the U.S. If you use measuring cups to measure, use this method of measuring the flour:
    • Use a spoon to fluff the flour in the container.
    • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup.
    • Use a knife or other straight edged utensil to level the flour across the measuring cup.
  • Let lumps remain in the batter. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flip the pancakes when the bubbles just begin to pop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are My Pancakes Not Fluffy?

Be sure to use fresh ingredients. Old or expired flour or baking powder can create flat pancakes. Also make sure you do not over-mix the batter. Over-mixing can cause the pancakes to become flat.

Why Are My Pancakes Chewy?

Over-mixing the batter will create chewy pancakes. If you over-mix, the gluten will develop from the flour in your batter, making your pancakes chewy instead of fluffy.

Can I Double This Recipe To Make More Pancakes?

Absolutely! You can also freeze pancakes. To freeze them, cook the pancakes, and then lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until they are completely frozen, about 30 to 45 minutes. Then, place them in a freezer bag with a piece of wax paper or parchment between each pancake (this way they won't stick together). To reheat, place a pancake onto a plate and microwave for 20 seconds. You can also reheat pancakes in the oven. Wrap them in foil and place them into a 350F oven for about 10 minutes.

What Can I Add To Pancakes?

You might like to add in blueberries, thinly sliced apples, chocolate chips, or a mashed banana. Add any extra ingredients to the batter at the last moment before scooping the batter into the pan. If you use a small mashed banana, you might find that you need to add a bit more milk to thin the batter.

What Can I Put On Top Of Pancakes?

Maple syrup or regular syrup are wonderful choices but you might like to add jams or preserves or even whipped cream.

A piece cut out of three pancakes stacked on a plate and topped with melted butter and blueberries next to a small bowl of blueberries, a glass of orange juice, and a small glass container of maple syrup

What Our Readers Are Saying

So many people have enjoyed this pancake recipe. If you'd like, come back and share your thoughts. We'd love to hear from you. Here's what some of our readers have been saying about the recipe:

"PERFECT PANCAKES! I have tried a lot of different pancake recipes but hands down, yours is the best! Thank you! I used coconut milk rather than milk and added red raspberries. Used high quality pancake syrup. Yum. A quick fast dinner. I’ll be trying more of your recipes. Thanks again!" - Colleen

"I followed the recipe exactly and mine turned out super fluffy and delicious!" - Mia

"Great recipe – loved it! Easy and so delicious." - Joseph

"I was intimidated about making pancakes – shaping them in the pan, making sure not to overmix. But I googled a recipe for pancake for 1 and your recipe saved the day. It was absolutely delicious – absolutely successful, so I really wanted to thank you so much!! " - Jamie

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How To Make Pancakes For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: pancake recipe, pancakes
Servings: 3 pancakes
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , melted

How To Video

Instructions

  • 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 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour streaks have disappeared. If the batter seems too thick, add more of the milk, a little at a time.
  • Melt the remaining 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.

Notes

Expert Tips

  • Flour measurements can be a huge variable when it comes to baking. Weighing ingredients is by far the most accurate, but it isn't done much in the U.S. If you use measuring cups to measure, use this method of measuring the flour:
    • Use a spoon to fluff the flour in the container.
    • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup.
    • Use a knife or other straight edged utensil to level the flour across the measuring cup.
  • Let lumps remain in the batter. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flip the pancakes when the bubbles just begin to pop.

Nutrition

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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203 thoughts on “Fluffy Pancake Recipe For One”

  1. Amber Alarcon-Carter

    5 stars
    Will definitely make these again! Added a little bit more milk in order to thin it out for my liking. By far the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever made. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never made such nice, fluffy pancakes. They are excellent. One caveat — the recipe really makes enough for two reasonable size servings.

  3. 5 stars
    Made 4 pancakes – too much for me (though of course I ate every one and fell into food coma). I halved the recipe this time and it was perfect. Nice and fluffy. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! It made enough for me to eat some today and put a few up in the fridge for tomorrow! The pancakes were light, fluffy, and delicious! Thank you!

  5. These pancakes are perfect! I just checked out your website as well, everything looks so great, will visit often!
    Thank you so much!

  6. 5 stars
    I was intimidated about making pancakes – shaping them in the pan.. to making sure not to overmix.. but I googled a recipe for pancake for 1.. your recipe saved the day.. it was absolutely delicious – absolutely successful, so I really wanted to thank you so much!! Well-done! Thank you for not leaving out any details too! Like how many minutes for each side- boy does that help newbies!! Thank you again!

  7. 5 stars
    Wow , I’m glad I found you during a search for single serve desserts. These pancakes are delicious, I can’t wait to try a lot more of your receipts. I would also like to compliment you on your presentation.I absolutely love the way you serve every thing on Beautiful plates, as well as the maple syrup and OJ in pretty glass pitchers. Your recipes are very comforting and bring back wonderful memories. My mother has always served that way, she is almost 80 years old and continues to do so. Thank you.

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