These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are a delicious and refreshing twist on a classic breakfast! They’re extra moist and fluffy thanks to the ricotta, then infused with tart lemon flavor.
Easy Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon
Pancakes are the perfect vessel for so many different flavors. And we are absolutely loving them with a lemon and ricotta twist.
Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese that has a light and airy texture. It adds moisture and body to the pancake while keeping it light and fluffy.
The lemon elevates the flavor and takes these pancakes over the top. They’re melt-in-your-mouth soft, perfectly fluffy, and have deliciously crispy edges.
What Toppings Taste Best on Lemon Ricotta Pancakes?
The toppings that taste best on fluffy lemon and ricotta pancakes complement the flavor of the pancakes without overwhelming their flavor. Some of our favorite toppings are:
- Blueberry Sauce.
- Blueberry Syrup.
- Traditional Maple Syrup.
- Lemon Curd.
- Fresh Berries.
What Type of Ricotta Do You Use for the Best Results?
For the best results, we use a ricotta with some fat. So, a low-fat or whole milk ricotta cheese works best.
You'll want some fat in the ricotta to give the pancakes some moisture so they aren't dry.
How Do You Make Fluffy Pancakes with Crispy Edges?
To make fluffy pancakes, make sure not to overmix the batter. Combine the ingredients just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Overmixing promotes gluten formation and makes the pancakes dense and heavy.
For pancakes with crispy edges, swap the cooking spray for butter.
Melt a little butter in the pan or on the hot griddle then add the pancake batter. You'll have golden brown, fluffy pancakes with crispy edges in no time!
Keeping Pancakes Warm:
If you aren't serving these delicious pancakes as soon as they come out of the pan, you'll want to keep them warm.
Place the cooked pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep them in a warm oven until ready to serve.
These pancakes are excellent topped with honey butter, maple syrup, fresh lemon zest, powdered sugar, fresh blueberries, or any combination of toppings you love!
Ingredients You'll Need:
For the Pancakes:
- Flour: All-purpose flour.
- Leavening Agents: Baking powder and baking soda.
- Eggs: Large eggs (both egg yolks and whites).
- Milk: Any variety.
- Ricotta: Low-fat or whole milk ricotta cheese.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar.
- Fat: Vegetable oil, canola oil or melted butter.
- Flavoring: Vanilla extract.
- Lemon: Juice and zest.
- Garnish: Fresh blueberries and powdered sugar.
For the Honey Butter:
- Butter: Unsalted butter.
- Sweeteners: Honey and powdered sugar.
How to Make Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
You’ll find the exact measurements and full instructions in the recipe card near the bottom of the page.
This lemon ricotta pancake recipe creates the most decadent meal in just a few minutes! It makes the perfect weekend breakfast or special occasion breakfast.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, ricotta, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
- Pour in the fresh lemon juice and zest, whisk again, then let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
- Next up, combine butter and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
- Use a hand mixer to cream together for 30 seconds, then add in the honey and powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, lightly grease the cooking surface, then use a ¼-cup of batter to portion the pancakes out onto the hot surface.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, then serve as desired.
Tips and Notes
- Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing will create a dense texture as opposed to the fluffy texture we’re going for. Mix only until just combined!
- Let the batter rest. Allowing the batter to sit for a few minutes allows the baking soda and baking powder to react with the acidic ingredients to create a lighter, fluffier texture.
- Grease the skillet. A light layer of cooking spray helps to prevent the pancakes from sticking to the pan. You can also grease with butter for a more buttery flavor and crispier edges.
- Add mix-ins. Try adding blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, or even shredded coconut right into the batter.
Refrigerator: Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezer: To freeze the pancakes, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap, then store in a freezer-safe bag or container. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
When you’re ready to serve again, thaw the pancakes overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Alternatively, place on a plate and microwave to thaw for 30-60 seconds.
Reheating: To reheat leftover pancakes, warm in the microwave, on the stove, or in the oven until heated through.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
For the Pancakes:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- ½ teaspoon(s) baking soda
- ½ teaspoon(s) kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 3 large lemons)
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh, rinsed (for garnish)
- powdered sugar, for garnish
For the Honey Butter
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon(s) kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon(s) baking powder½ teaspoon(s) baking soda½ teaspoon(s) kosher salt
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, ricotta cheese, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.2 large eggs1 cup milk1 cup ricotta cheese3 tablespoons granulated sugar1 tablespoon vegetable oil2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. Pour in the lemon juice and lemon zest and whisk again. Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes.3 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon lemon zest
- While the batter rests, make the honey butter. Place the butter and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and salt together for 30 seconds. Add the honey and powdered sugar and continue to beat together for another 30 seconds. Set aside.½ cup unsalted butter¼ teaspoon(s) kosher salt3 tablespoons honey3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Once the pancake batter has had time to rest, heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat. Spray the surface lightly with cooking spray to keep the pancakes from sticking.
- Use a ¼ cup to measure the batter and pour onto a hot skillet to make 4 ½-inch pancakes. Cook each pancake for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Top pancakes with a dollop of honey butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Add fresh blueberries for garnish.1 cup blueberriespowdered sugar
- Serve immediately. See post for storage options.