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Fluffy American Pancakes

These fluffy American pancakes are pillowy, moist, and buttery. Each pancake is cooked to a perfect golden brown with a crispy, crunchy edge.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fluffy American pancakes.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this breakfast favorite.

Maybe I like them so much because I’ve been eating them for 35+ years. John is also a huge fan of pancakes, too. (Although, I think he prefers French toast!)

When combined with a little butter and real maple syrup, it’s a meal that cannot be missed. We used to go out and eat them all the time at a well-known pancake house.

However, as the years have gone by, John started to prefer mine over the restaurant versions. With that being said, I don’t get to make them as often as I like. 

But when I do, this fluffy American pancakes recipe is the only one I use. They are my absolute favorite.

Furthermore, I hope you give this recipe a try. Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as we do in our household. How about we get started?!

A tall stack of fluffy American pancakes on w white plate topped with butter.

How to Make Fluffy American Pancakes:

First, start by making the batter. Simply, combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer and blend until well combined. The batter should still be smooth and not overly thick.

If a stand mixer isn’t available, use a large bowl and hand mixer or a whisk.

Next, you can place the batter in your fridge to rest while you preheat a skillet over medium heat. Now, refrigerating the batter is optional, so feel free to leave it out on the counter while you prep the skillet for cooking.

The fluffy American pancakes ingredients likes butter, eggs, and buttermilk, ready to be mixed.

After that, once the skillet is warm, melt one tablespoon of butter in the pan. It should only take a few seconds for the butter to melt.

Sometimes, I will lift the skillet off the heat and tilt it back and forth so the butter forms a nice even coating of fat. This action will create a crispy crust on the fluffy American pancakes and it tastes delicious!

Then, remove the batter from your fridge and using a measuring cup to pour 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan. Feel free to use a larger measurement, while it may increase the size of your cakes, it will reduce the number of pancakes this recipe makes.

An aerial photo of he smooth pancake batter mixed in a large glass mixing bowl.

Now, let the pancake cook on one side until you see bubbles form in the batter and the edges begin to crisp.

Once you see those things happen, you know the pancake is halfway done. Go ahead and flip the cake and allow it to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Last, remove the fluffy American pancake from the pan and repeat the process until all the batter is gone. Be sure to serve them with butter and maple syrup or honey.

Also, you could use a fruit topping as well.

We have a different toppings on our website to choose from including strawberry jam, blueberry simple syrup, raspberry simple syrup, and lemon pastry filling.

A close-up photo of the fluffy American pancakes served on a white plate and topped with butter and maple syrup.

Tips for the Best Buttermilk Pancakes:

  • Make sure to mix the batter well so there are few to no lumps.
  • Melted butter in the pan helps fry the edges around the fluffy American pancakes.
  • Use a cast iron pan on low heat if one is available.
  • You can use these pancakes to make breakfast wraps loaded with bacon, eggs, and sausage.

Other pancake recipes you may love:

Don’t forget to check out our Buttermilk Pancakes web story!

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A simple photo of the finished fluffy American pancakes on a plate with butter.

Fluffy American Pancakes

4.8 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup melted butter plus more for cooking (1/2 stick)
  • 2 Teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • Use a stand or hand mixer to combine all ingredients. The batter should be smooth and not too thick.
  • Preheat a skillet on low-medium heat. (We like to use cast iron.)
  • Melt teaspoon butter in skillet.
  • Place 1/4 cup of batter in skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form.
  • After bubbles form and edges start to crisp, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
  • Cook opposite side until golden brown then remove from pan.
  • Repeat process until all the batter is gone.
  • Serve immediately with maple syrup.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and do not include the additional butter and syrup. Actual calories may vary.
Makes 5 servings of 2 pancakes per serving. Pancakes are approximately 5 – 6 inches in diameter.


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 397mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g
Recipe Rating

Sheila Simon

Sunday 27th of March 2022

At last, an easy pancake that tastes good! I think the lower than the usual "medium" temperature helps too. They don't overcook before they're done! Thank you for a yummy day 😊


Sunday 27th of March 2022

Hi Sheila!

We're so happy you enjoyed the pancakes and hope you have a fantastic week! :)


Sunday 11th of August 2019

Love these pancakes. Super simple to make and taste amazing! I can be rather picky when it comes to pancakes but these are great!


Sunday 11th of August 2019

Thank you, Lupe! Kim and I are glad you enjoyed the pancakes and we appreciate you coming back to leave a comment. Have a lovely day :)

Chanel van Reenen

Monday 17th of April 2017

breakfast is my weakness and these look so amazing!


Monday 17th of April 2017

Thank you, Chanel! I am glad you liked them :)

Chanel van Reenen

Monday 17th of April 2017

breakfast is my weakness and these look so amazing!