Recipe For Japanese Pancakes

These pancakes are so airy, delicious and have a beautiful dark hew that makes them simply irresistible. Traditionally, they are served with Anko paste (a very common red or black bean spread in Japan); but you can fill them with the matcha pastry cream, to keep them Japanese, only with a twist.


  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp. Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk + 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsps. Melted Butter
  • 1 /2 cup + 4 tbsps. Buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tbsps. Sugar (to add to the egg whites)
  • Zest of 1/4 of a Lemon (add lemon zest or 1 tsp vanilla).
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar or 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice


1) So, like most other pancakes, the Japanese pancake recipe starts with buttermilk and eggs yellow.

2) Add a little bit of lemon. It’s optional but highly recommend you to add it. Because it’ll give some extra flavor to your pancake.

3) Add some melted butter to give these wet ingredients a good mix. So, they’re combined.

4) And then add the dry ingredients mix, but do not over mix them. Otherwise, your pancake will be very tough. And obviously that’s not how you would like your pancake to be.

5) Put the whole mixture aside. And in another bowl, add 3 large egg whites, lemon juice, some cream of tartar if you prefer as well and Whip these up, and slowly keep incorporating the sugar. This is what will give your pancake that big rise, and make it really fluffy, and give it that classic jiggle you want.

6) Keep whisking the egg’s white, until they reach stiff peaks. And then fold these into the pancake batter.

7) Mix about 2 to 3 tablespoons at first just to line the mixture, so it’ll be easier to fold in the rest of the egg whites.

8) Once you add the rest of the egg whites, gently fold them in, and be careful to not deflate them. Your pancake batter should be very light, airy, but at the same time it needs to keep its shape.

9) Pre-heat your nonstick pan. Don’t have one…? Here are our recommended pans, if you want to invest a few bucks on it.

10) Use a ring to get a perfectly rounded Japanese pancake, or just put the ice cream scoop directly onto the pan. Then go ahead and cook these for about three minutes on each side. And make sure that the inside is fully cooked through.


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