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Quick and Easy Pancake Recipe for One

Pancakes are a classic breakfast favorite, but most recipes yield a large batch that can be overwhelming for a single person, so I created the best pancake recipe for one.

This recipe makes about 6 small pancakes or 2 large ones.

You can whip up delicious, light, and fluffy pancakes with staple ingredients.

Whether treating yourself to a special breakfast or enjoying a leisurely brunch, these pancakes are the perfect portion size for solo enjoyment.


Flour: It’s the base for your pancake batter. Use purpose flour or self-rising flour.

Sugar: To add sweetness.

Baking Powder: To create that rise and make your pancakes light.

Pinch of Salt: A small pinch balances the flavors.

Milk: Will bring the batter together and add to the tenderness of the pancake.

Choose your preferred type of milk, be it dairy or dairy-free milk.

Egg: Helps to bind the ingredients and contribute to the richness of your breakfast.

Butter: For that irresistible buttery taste and a delicate crumb.

Vanilla Extract (optional): For a fragrance and depth in flavor.

How To Make homemade pancakes – step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set it aside. 

Mix the milk, whole egg, melted butter, and vanilla in a separate bowl until well blended. 

Step 2

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture slowly and stir gently until moistened. Avoid overmixing; a few lumps are acceptable.

pancake batter

Let rest the butter for about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

Pour batter onto the griddle using 1/4 cup measurements.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges look dry and bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes.

Flip and cook the second side for 1-2 minutes more, until golden brown.

Serve pancakes hot with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Pancakes

To ensure the best results, keep these tips in mind:

  •  Don’t Overmix the Batter. To achieve fluffy pancakes, be careful to keep the batter the same. Stir it until all the ingredients are just combined, leaving some lumps. 
  • Let the batter rest for 5 minutes before cooking for a lighter texture. This resting time helps the gluten in the flour to relax.
  • Use a nonstick pan or electric griddle for effortless flipping and easy cleanup.
  • Ensure the skillet is properly preheated before adding batter. 


While the basic pancake recipe is delightful, you can experiment with various mix-ins to add more flavor and texture to your pancakes.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Fold a handful of fresh fruit, like blueberries or strawberries, into the batter.
  • Mix some chocolate chips into your pancake batter to make S’mores Pancakes.
  • Slice a ripe banana and add on the pancake batter before flipping. The heat will caramelize the bananas, adding natural sweetness.
  • Mix the batter with cocoa powder to make chocolate pancakes.
  •  Add a handful of nuts, like pecans or walnuts, to the batter for a satisfying crunch.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few serving suggestions to enhance your pancake experience:

  • Serve your pancakes with butter and maple syrup. The combination of sweet syrup and buttery richness is a timeless favorite.
  • Top your pancakes with a handful of fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
  • Instead of traditional toppings, try serving your pancakes with a spoonful of creamy vanilla yogurt. 
  • Add a side of bacon or sausage to make it savory.
pancake with yogurt and red fruit

If you’re looking for more easy and delicious breakfast ideas, be sure to try my air fryer French toast or my French toast roll ups with Nutella.

Both are quick to prepare and perfect for a delicious morning meal.

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Pancake recipe for one

pancake recipe for one

This pancake recipe for one is the perfect way to treat yourself to a tasty morning meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Batter rest time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • A pinch Salt
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • Non-stick spray


  1. Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a separate medium bowl.
  3. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle and grease lightly with a non-stick spray.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the heated surface.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles form, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Serve with your preferred toppings, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 828Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 257mgSodium: 1421mgCarbohydrates: 113gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 23g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Store the leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to  2 days.

For more extended storage, freezing is an excellent option.

Let cooked pancakes cool completely, then lay them out on a baking sheet in a single layer, not touching, and flash freeze.

Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or plastic wrap. They’ll be good for up to two months.

Thaw in the refrigerator or reheat directly in a 350-degree F oven until they’re warm.


How do I make sure my pancakes are fluffy?

To achieve fluffy pancakes, ensure not to overmix the batter and let it rest for a few minutes before cooking.

This allows the gluten to relax and results in lighter pancakes.

My pancakes are coming out dense; what did I do wrong?

Only mix the batter until the dry ingredients are moistened.

For fluffier pancakes, consider using buttermilk instead of regular milk.

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Monday 29th of January 2024

Finally, a recipe I can make just for myself without having to offer any to anyone else. Thank you for this simple and approachable recipe!


Wednesday 24th of January 2024

I was hungry for pancakes for dinner and I was the only one home. I made your pancake recipe for one on my Blackstone Griddle. They turned out perfect and tasted amazing!!

Sage Scott

Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

I love pancakes, but don't have any recipes for one. While I'm happy to make a big batch and freeze the extras, sometimes I just want a quick, fresh batch for one. This is my new go-to recipe!


Monday 22nd of January 2024

My daughter loves pancakes but she always makes a full batch of batter, makes a few pancakes and then leaves the jug of remaining batter in the fridge and I end up having to throw it out several days later when she has forgotten about it (TEENAGERS!!!) Anyway this recipe has saved me (and her!) she loves being able to make a single batch and I certainly love the lack of waste!

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