The Best Fluffy Japanese Pancake Recipe

What’s soft, delicious, springy, and perfect for breakfast? Fluffy Japanese pancakes. These delightful pancakes pack in whipped egg whites to create a fun, jiggly breakfast food that’s sure to wow any house guests. A crisp outside yields to the perfect light and puffy inside. 

History of Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Pancakes have been around in Japan since the 1500s. Pancakes were initially created by the same person who created The Japanese Tea Ceremony. These souffle pancakes made an appearance in the 1900s when pancakes started becoming popular again in Japan. Now, the souffle pancakes, or Fuwafuwa Pancakes as they’re called in Japan, have shifted to the US and around the world. Ready to make some for yourself and see what the hype is all about? Check out the recipe below for a great breakfast idea.

Total Cook Time: 40 minutes


4 servings (2 pancakes per)

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbs powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ milk (any type should work)
  • 4 tbs butter plus extra for serving (unsalted butter, melted/room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk + 3 large egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tarter
  • Maple syrup for serving

*Four 3” W x 2.5” H metal ring molds are needed for this recipe

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