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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes - The Easiest, Simplest & Greatest

The lemon pancakes are most moist and delicious ever! Ricotta adds richness and moisture in it. These lemon ricotta pancakes have been one of my favorites for years, everyone who tries them for the first time, becomes a fan for them ever! 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 ½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup ricotta
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat an electric griddle over 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And if you are using a non-stick skillet or a heavy cast iron – then set it over medium heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together baking powder, baking soda, flour, granulated sugar and salt for 20 seconds.
  • In another large mixing bowl, whisk together vanilla, ricotta, milk, and eggs until well blended. Now add lemon juice, lemon zest and butter to milk mixture and blend until combined – you may notice a little curdle, that’s fine.
  • Now make well in the flour mixture and pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until combined totally (batter should be slightly lumpy).
  • Before you start cooking, make sure the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Now use a measuring cup to pour 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook for around 3 minutes or until you see small bubbles at the edges of the pancake and the bottom is golden brown. Now flip the pancake and cook for another 90 seconds or until both the sides turn golden brown.
  • Serve the super delicious lemon ricotta pancakes on the table immediately to enjoy the best out it. Or, you can also keep them in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for later. Serve warm with maple or berry syrup and dust with powdered sugar in you desire.


  • If you notice that the griddle is smoking at any point of cooking – which means the griddle is way too hot. Simply whip the skillet clean and you can easily cook the remaining pancakes with the batter. You may need to use oil the surface of the griddle.
  • To preheat the griddle – I basically start my cooking on medium heat and then reduce it to medium-low. And I always get fresh, fluffy and delicious pancakes – so don’t worry!
  • While you are cooking the pancakes – keep them in an oven so that you can serve them hot right after finishing your cooking.