Learn how to make the popular Japanese Pancakes – Incredibly fluffy and light, these soufflé-like pancakes are super fun and easy to recreate at home!
Weekends were made for pancakes in bed, am I right? So let's talk about my all-time favourite weekend breakfast: super delicious fluffy Japanese Pancakes.
The first time I tasted Japanese Pancakes was on my trip to Japan last year, and I've been wanting to remake them at home ever since.
They're quite similar to American Pancakes in terms of ingredients, but very much different in terms of texture.
They're way taller and softer, with a soufflé-like texture, almost like the famous jiggly Japanese cheesecake.
Why Japanese Pancakes are so fluffy?
There are two main ingredients that make these Japanese pancakes SO fluffy.
The first ingredient is plain and simple buttermilk.
I know it's easily available in-store, but I make my own buttermilk every single time.
It's such an easy thing to prepare, and you can make just the right amount you need for your recipes.
All you have to do is mix the milk with a spoonful of lemon juice or white vinegar.
The second and a little special ingredient is Japanese mayonnaise. I know what you're thinking – WHAT?! Mayo in my pancakes? NO, THANKS! But trust me on this.
Adding a little mayo into your batter will ensure extra fluffy Japanese Pancakes every single time. And I promise you won't taste it at all.
I usually use the Kewpie brand for the Japanese mayonnaise, but you can use any Japanese brand really.
You can also simply omit the mayo completely ( but you will end up with a denser and less fluffy pancake, although still delicious).
Once you got all the ingredients, making these Japanese Pancakes is not a difficult task, but you need to put a little more effort than you would usually do with regular pancakes.
The most important step is beating the egg whites.
To achieve that amazing jiggly, airy texture, you need to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and then gently fold them into your batter, just like you would do with a soufflé.
Don't let this extra step put you off, because the result is totally worth it!
The extra few minutes involved will make sure you get the most amazing, fluffy Japanese Pancakes.
Once your pancakes are ready, top them up with all your favourite toppings! Here are some of my favourites:
- all sort of fruits
- dark/white/milk chocolate
- almond butter
- homemade hazelnut chocolate spread
- a spoonful of maple syrup
All the above would work wonderfully with these lovely jiggly Japanese Pancakes.
More Pancake Recipes:
If you're looking for more ideas for a delicious weekend breakfast, check out these other pancake recipes:
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Easy Fluffy Japanese Pancakes
- 2 large free-range egg yolks
- 200 ml buttermilk, see notes for homemade buttermilk*
- 4 tablespoon white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon Japanese mayonnaise, optional
- 210 g all-purpose flour
- 1+½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 egg whites, chilled
- vegetable oil, for cooking
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, and mayonnaise. Sift in flour and baking powder. Gently mix with a whisk until batter is creamy and smooth.
- Beat the chilled egg whites in another large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.
- Scoop out one third of the beaten egg whites and add to your batter. Gently fold from the bottom the beaten egg whites into the batter. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites and carefully mix until you have a foamy smooth batter.
- Cut 4 strips of parchment paper the same size of four 3-inch (about 2 ½-inch-high) ring moulds. Lightly grease the inside of the rings with cooking oil spray. Line the inside of each ring with the prepared strip of parchment paper, so that the pancake won't stick to the ring.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray it lightly with cooking oil. Arrange the prepared moulds on to the pan, leaving enough space between them.
- Fill each ring mould about ⅔ full with batter. Cover with a lid and cook until the batter rises to the top of the ring moulds and is cooked on the bottom, about 4 minutes.
- Using a spatula and an oven glove, carefully place the spatula under the pancake and, whilst holding the ring, gently flip it on the other side.
- Cover and cook for a further 4 minutes until the pancakes are completely cooked and golden on both sides.
- Carefully push the pancakes out of the moulds onto a serving plate.
- Top the pancakes with your favourite toppings and serve immediately.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Looks awesome! Is the measure for flour correct?
Thank you 🙂 Yes, the amount is correct! let me know if you need any help or advice!
sarah keller says
Would baking these in muffin tins in the oven work too?
Ok, I see the instructions on the rings. Pardon previous comment....
No worries Kathy! Let me know how they turn out 🙂 and don't be discouraged if the first batch doesn't turn out perfect, it's just a matter of practice.
You mention prepared rings and molds. Did I miss something, or could you please elaborate?
Leslie Haasch says
Ahhh they're so fluffy! They're almost too cute to eat 🙂
Anita Bhalla says
These Japanese pancakes look amazing! I'm sure they are as delicious as they look. I can't wait to try them !
Thank you so much Anita! They were totally delicious and such a delicate flavour, highly recommended! Let me know how you liked them 🙂
Richa Gupta says
Wow these Japanese pancakes looks incredibly delicious!
Thank you so much Richa!
Jiggly Japanese pancakes? Who knew. I'm intrigued, especially by the mayonnaise. I guess I'm just going to have to try them.
Definitely give them a try! For me it was love at first bite 🙂
What beautiful looking pancakes. I have never seen pancakes that fluffy before. Definitely one to try.
Andre I Bestreviewofproduct says
I love the light and fluffy look! I'm a fan of pancakes so this is a good addition to my list. Good recommendation on a2 Milk for sensitive stomachs and Kewpie (one of the best brands I've tried that makes food tastier).
Garlic + Zest says
I've never heard of japanese pancakes before, but I love how light and fluffy they look -- and I'm a big fan of souffle, so this is right up my alley!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Okay, now I definitely want to eat some pancakes! 🙂 These look amazing!
I am so jealous you've been to Japan. I am obsessed with their food, their culture. But alas I'm always watching from afar. I'll give these a go and hopefully get to compare them to the real deal for myself at some point in the future 😀
Jane Sarchet says
These look awesome Andrea, although I'm kind of sad I never got to find them on my time in Japan!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
I have never had Japanese pancakes but they look so fluffy. Interesting idea to add mayo and I wonder how that would work on American pancakes. I may have to give that a try! Love your topping ideas!