Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes

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Add a creative spin on a breakfast classic with a quick and easy recipe for Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes.

A white plate containing a stack of ricotta pancakes topped with syrup

There are more than a dozen takes on pancakes on Just a Taste, ranging from the classic buttermilk stack to the summertime favorite corn-filled flapjacks. And who can forget the savory king of them all, cheesy potato pancakes!

While I am a fan of all things sweet and savory when it comes to carb towers, there’s just something about the addition of creamy ricotta cheese in this latest creation that has this recipe heading to the top of my breakfast list.

A clear bowl with pancake batter and milk being poured in

The pancakes start off like any traditional batter, with the usual suspects of flour, eggs and milk making their appearances.

But then an extra step takes these bad boys from flat to fluffy.

A glass bowl with whipped egg whites on electric beaters
While the step of whipping the egg whites to stiff peaks adds a few minutes to your prep time, it works wonders in the texture and consistency departments. Much like my beloved buttermilk waffle recipe, whipped egg whites give the batter an airy texture, which translates to major fluff.

A griddle with ricotta pancakes on top
All that airiness counterbalances the density of the ricotta cheese, which adds a creamy texture but also a touch of heftiness.


Unlike ordinary pancakes, which puff up and cook through in 2 to 3 minutes, ricotta pancakes usually take a bit longer to fully cook. So embrace the longer cook time with a mimosa (or two) while you prepare your toppings. I’ve opted for warm maple syrup and the season’s best-looking berries, but any type of fruit compote, chopped nuts or a dollop of whipped cream would be welcome additions. (Especially if it’s my Secret Ingredient Whipped Cream!)

A stack of ricotta pancakes with fruit and syrup on top
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Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes

Add an updated twist to a breakfast favorite with a quick and easy recipe for Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 5 votes
A white plate containing a stack of ricotta pancakes topped with syrup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Maple syrup, for serving


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Separate the egg yolks and egg whites into two bowls.
  • To the bowl with the egg yolks, add the ricotta cheese and sugar and whisk until combined. Add the mixture to the bowl with the flour and stir until smooth, then stir in the milk.
  • Beat the egg whites using a handheld electric mixer (or stand mixer) until stuff peaks form.
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter just until combined. (Do not overmix.)
  • Preheat a griddle or grill pan over medium heat then add ¼ cup batter per pancakes. Once bubbles form across the surface of each pancake, flip them once and continue cooking an additional 1 to 2 minutes. (See Kelly’s Note.) Serve with maple syrup. 

Kelly's Note:

  • Ricotta pancakes generally take longer to cook than traditional pancakes, so it’s important to wait to flip them until there are bubbles across the entire surface of each pancake. 
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Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 196mg, Sodium: 413mg, Potassium: 364mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 535IU, Calcium: 256mg, Iron: 1.9mg


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Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.

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  1. 5 stars
    Congratulations, I really like your and I am more inspired by you for my own creativity. I wanted to thank you for a number of useful and tasty recipes. Most recently, I used this recipe to make breakfast for my family. Ohhhh. Husband and children are delighted. Thanks for the help. After changing a couple of categories in the recipe, I also created my own, I hope you will appreciate and understand what has become my muse and passion in cooking! Thanks for this to the author and the team that cares about this page! I love it!

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