Recipe By Chef John
Published Feb 27th
Old-Fashioned Pancakes
Prep 5m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 12 pancakes Calories 317.8

Anybody can add water to a boxed pancake mix, but you’re better than that! These pancakes are not too thick, not too thin, but tender, light, buttery, and delicious.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • cooking spray

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. 2 Whisk in melted butter, egg, and milk until combined. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  3. 3 Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour batter into the hot skillet, about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake. Flip and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 317.8
  • Carbohydrate 43.7 g
  • Cholesterol 75.5 mg
  • Fat 11.9 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.9 g
  • Sodium 1119.1 mg
  • Sugar 6.9 g


  1. This is no joke, I have tried almost every pancake recipe on here and this is the BEST! I tried it exactly as written, delicious. But we like really sweet stuff so I added in a total of 3 tablespoons of sugar, reduced the baking powder to 2 1/2 teaspoons, increased butter to four tablespoons - Read more ...
  2. I used lactose-free milk which I soured with two tablespoons of vinegar and I also used melted margerine instead of butter. The reason I made those substitutions was because I have a son with a dairy sensitivity. Even with the substitutions these turned out exactly as they should--light, fluffy and absolutely perfect. The recipe says - Read more ...
  3. I was really looking forward to these pancakes, I questioned the amount of baking powder, but decided to follow the recipe to a T. The batter in itself was so thick, thicker than cake batter, but they looked so so good on the griddle and thought I hit a homerun. But unfortunately they were completely - Read more ...
  4. Perfect pancakes light and fluffy. I used half the amount of salt (my usual habit) and added blueberries (another habit) for a great morning breakfast.
  5. I've tried numerous pancake recipes over the years, but this is the first recipe I've found that truly matches the flavor, fluffy texture, appearance and convenience of a box mix. I'd just about given up on making pancakes from scratch, but this recipe looked a little different - yet easy - so I decided to - Read more ...
  6. I followed this recipe exactly and found the pancakes to be salty. I checked and rechecked to make sure it was not a mistake on my part. Maybe unsalted butter next time?
  7. These are really nice a fluffy. They puff up so beautifully. So easy to make too. I made the recipe as written but next time I might add a teaspoon of vanilla. Enjoy!
  8. These were pretty tasty, but I was a little surprised at how much like the box mix they turned out to be. That's not necessarily bad, but I think I was expecting a little bit more from them. I did make a couple of changes in adding a little cinnamon and some vanilla, and I - Read more ...
  9. Was using boxed mix but ran out. Pulled up AllRecipes and this was on the front page, so we decided to try the recipe. Followed the recipe as is. They were the best pancakes I've ever had!! Light and fluffy with great flavor!!!