Fluffy Japanese Pancakes: A Recipe for Light and Airy Breakfast Delights

Ingredients for Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Main Ingredients:

  • Eggs: 3
  • Sugar: 80 grams
  • Flour (00 type): 50 grams
  • Milk: 20 grams
  • Baking Soda: 2 grams

For Decoration:

  • Maple Syrup: as needed
  • Strawberries: as needed

Japanese pancakes, known for their soufflé-like fluffiness, are a delightful twist on the classic American pancake.

These pancakes are made taller and softer by folding sugar-whipped egg whites into a mixture of yolks, flour, and baking soda or powder.

The key to their soft texture is the method of cooking them slowly at a low temperature in a covered pan to steam them gently.

Once cooked, they rise to impressive heights and are typically served with maple syrup, icing sugar, and fresh fruit, or other sweet toppings of your choice. Perfect for breakfast or a snack, they’re a hit across all ages.

How to Prepare Japanese Pancakes

Step 1: Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Place the yolks in a bowl.

Step 2: To the yolks, add the milk, baking soda, and flour. Mix these ingredients together until smooth.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the egg whites with sugar. Heat this mixture to 60°C using a water bath.

Step 4: Once the egg whites reach the required temperature, whip them using a stand mixer or electric beaters until they form stiff peaks.

Step 5: Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the yolk mixture, taking care to add them gradually and mix slowly to keep the mixture fluffy.

Step 6: Continue folding with careful bottom-up movements to avoid deflating the mixture.

Step 7: Preheat a non-stick pot with high edges. Add a small amount of water to create steam.

Step 8: Grease the pot lightly with oil and pour in the pancake batter.

Step 9: Cook the pancakes for 6 minutes on the first side, adding a few drops of water occasionally to maintain steam, and cover with a lid.

Step 10: Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side.

Step 11: Once cooked, serve the pancakes with toppings like maple syrup and strawberries.

Step 12: Garnish with icing sugar and enjoy your fluffy Japanese pancakes.

Advice for Making Japanese Pancakes

Enhance the flavor of your Japanese pancakes by adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence to the batter.

This subtle addition can elevate the taste, making the pancakes even more delightful. It’s best to enjoy these pancakes fresh right after they are prepared.

Due to their delicate, fluffy structure, they tend to lose their height and softness over time.

To experience them at their best, serve and consume them immediately while they’re still tall and airy.


  • Ashleigh Bandimere

    Ashleigh Bandimere is a Freelance Foodie & Travel Writer who loves all things travel! She takes advantage of every opportunity to get away, Ashleigh is always ready for her next adventure.

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