Ricotta Pancakes

These pancakes remind me of Russian sirniki (pancakes made from farmer’s cheese), only better, in my humble opinion. They are so much easier to make and taste absolutely delightful. The ricotta gives these pancakes a creamy texture and the whipped egg whites give it a lift and prevent them from being dense. These melt-in-your-mouth little cakes are a great way to celebrate the weekend.

Whip the egg whites on medium speed with a whisk attachment until airy, increase speed to high, beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside in another bowl, using the first bowl to combine the ricotta cheese, egg yolks, milk, vanilla and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and then add to the ricotta batter, and mix just until the flour is incorporated. Gently fold in egg whites. If there are a few streaks of egg whites left, that ‘s ok. You want to keep as much volume as possible to have light and fluffy pancakes. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour the batter onto a lightly buttered skillet or griddle. Cook on medium heat until golden on each side.


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Ricotta Pancakes

  • Author: adapted from Bill Granger
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: about 24 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Whip the egg whites on medium speed with a whisk attachment until airy, increase speed to high, beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. Set aside in another bowl, using the first bowl to combine the ricotta cheese, egg yolks, milk, vanilla and sugar.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and then add to the ricotta batter, and mix just until the flour is incorporated.
  4. Gently fold in egg whites. If there are a few streaks of egg whites left, that ‘s ok. You want to keep as much volume as possible to have light and fluffy pancakes.
  5. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour the batter onto a lightly buttered skillet or griddle.
  6. Cook on medium heat until golden on each side.



  • Lilia

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Made these for the first time for my family this morning and they all loved them. My daughter even said they are the tastiest pancakes in the whole world 🙂

  • Inna

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Since I found this recipe I’ve made it countless times. It’s the one food my 2 year old will always eat. This pancakes are amazing!!

  • Tanya

    Olya, Today, I made these Ricotta Pancakes and they were really good! I served them with a cream cheese frosting that I had left over from the carrot cupcakes. This cream cheese frosting is the best I’ve tried. The recipe is as follows: 8 oz cream cheese, about 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 TBsp sour cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract.
    Olya, I love reading your blog! You are so experienced and so knowledgeable. You know exactly what to make for your guests. My family is expecting a lot of guests this summer and I will be doing all of the cooking. I am planning to serve these pancakes for one of the breakfasts and your goulash for one of the dinners. Olya, may I ask you which recipes would you recommend for me try and serve the guests? I will be so grateful for your suggestions. I am so grateful that you put so much time and effort into this blog. I have become more confident in the kitchen. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and talent with us. May God bless you and your husband with His richest blessings.

  • Marina

    These look delicious! My question is: can you make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it? I like to do most of the prep work the night before, that way mornings before school are less hectic (and I get an extra ten minutes of sleep;))

    • olgak7

      Hi Marina, I don’t recommend making the batter ahead of time. The fluffiness of the pancakes depends on the whipped egg whites, and they need to be cooked right away. If you make it ahead of time, the whipped eggs will deflate and the pancakes will be flat and dense.

  • Lena S.

    I made these pancakes this morning and let me tell you that these are the BEST pancakes ever. They are so fluffy and melt in your mouth yummy! 5 years ago I quit my job to be a stay at home mom and at the same time my husband started working from home, so I have to cook breakfast everyday and I have tried many many pancake recipes from different food blogs. Simply the BEST, thanks Olga for your awesome recipes.

    • olgak7

      I wouldn’t recommend freezing them, Alla. The pancakes are really tender and fluffy. If you freeze them, they will no longer feel light and fluffy, but dense.

  • Oksana

    Those pancakes are amazing, and don’t take much time to make either. We all loved them, either with jam or I like mine just plain with the powdered sugar on top. Yummy. Will be making them again soon.

  • Julia

    Made these today and they were super yummy 🙂 my husband and 3 kids agreed it’s a keeper. Yum!! Thanks for the recipe.. the ricotta definitely does something magical in these!

  • jenny

    Thank you for the recipe. Its a keeper. Love how fluffy and yummy this is. Not difficult to make and so good even without syrup or jam. I’m sharing this recipe with my mom 🙂

  • Yulia

    First of all thank you for this website Olga!
    You are a real inspiration! Keep it coming:)
    I have one year old and trying to make food healthier, so just wondering if you tried this with spelt flour?

  • Z-S

    lol it sounds maybe too funny but I will be making this recipe in an hour (which is 7-8 pm) what? yes, this is going to be our dinner 🙂 we like to make something breakfast style on Sunday after evening church service. This is fast and will keep this evening sweet and parent with children time…

    thanks for sharing. By the way I have tried this recipe long time ago when my sister in law made them and they were extremely delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Z-S

    ok here is an update … my kids loved them. asked for additional pancakes… My husband loved too and he approved them…
    and as I said previously they are delicious

    • olgak7

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear that you all enjoyed it.
      Breakfast for dinner is so much fun. We like to do that too:). Thank you for taking the time to write.

  • Lily

    Made these today and they were soooooooo good! The kids who are very picky eaters kept after for more. So fluffy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Nina

    Thank you for the yummy recipe! Made those pancakes a few days ago, and my hubby and i loved it! He kept on steeling them as soon as i moved them from the skillet to the plate lol This recipe is keeper! =)Thank you! The only thing is i am not sure why it happened to me, but when for the first batch i used a little of unsalted butter, and it browned my pancakes so quickly (the heat was not high, but i had it on low to med) so wiped the skillet with the dry paper towel and used coconut oil instead of butter and the color was perfect! =) maybe its the skillet, but i often use organic coconut oil for blinchiki and pancakes and for me i found out it works the best =)

  • Inna k

    Wow! these pancakes, are literally the best pancakes I’ve ever had. I recently decided I don’t like pancakes anymore, i don’t feel good after eating pancakes I always feel like I ate junk. But I had ricotta cheese at home was looking around what can I make with ricotta cheese and found these pancakes decided to give pancakes another chance and I was amazed of how light and fluffy my new favorite pancakes recipe thank u so much

  • Marina

    I made these pancakes already twice. And they can be reheated the follow day. Very tasty! Thank you!
    Question: do you have the weight measurement of the 1 and 1/3 cup ricotta?

  • Inna

    I had ricotta left over for a while and came across this recipe. My nephew who doesn’t eat anything it seems like gobbled them up, and my children also loves loved them. Definitely will be making them again. Thank you! 😋

  • Ilona

    Wow! These are the fluffiest tastiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten! I was blown away by how good they tasted!

  • Natasha

    Thank you for the recipe, Olga. These were delicious and easy to make. My 3 year old asked for seconds and thirds😅

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