Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (VIDEO)

Super light and fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with lemon are sure to become a new family favorite breakfast! These puff up beautifully and have wonderful flavor with the zest of an entire lemon.

Ricotta Pancakes stacked on plate with fruit and drizzled with maple syrup

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Why We Love these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes:

These breakfast pancakes are satisfying and keep you full because they are high in protein – there’s a surprising amount of ricotta cheese in this recipe and you get to use the entire 15 oz container without wondering what to do with the rest of it.

Most ricotta pancakes that I’ve come across have about half the amount of ricotta which is basically a pancake with a little ricotta mixed in, but not these! Just like our Cottage Cheese Pancakes, the main ingredient here is Ricotta which keeps them super light and they go down easy in a melt-in-your-mouth kind of way.

Ingredients for ricotta pancakes with ricotta cheese, buttermilk, flour, eggs, sugar, lemon, salt, sugar, and baking powder

Watch Ricotta Cheese Pancakes Video:

Watch how to make these EASY Ricotta Pancakes. The pancake batter is quick and easy to make and comes together in one bowl. All you need is a bowl and a whisk. You’ll feel so good about what’s in this recipe.

Process of making pancake batter in bowl

When to Flip Ricotta Cheese Pancakes:

Pancakes are ready to flip when you see bubbles pop and remain open on the surface. This is true for these Ricotta Pancakes and ALL pancakes.

Keep pancakes over medium heat so they don’t brown too quickly before they have a chance to cook through. We set to medium heat on the skillet or 325˚F on the griddle.

Bubbles on pancake indicating it's time to flip

The Best Oil for Cooking Pancakes:

  • Coconut Oil – We love coconut oil because it’s slightly healthier fat and if using unrefined coconut oil it is good for high heat cooking and adds a pleasant coconut sweetness.
  • Cooking Oils – A flavorless high heat cooking oil like light olive oil or canola oil will work.
  • Butter – If using butter that isn’t clarified, wipe the pan clean between every 2 batches to get rid of any browned butter. You can also do a combination of butter and oil which will increase your smoke point so the butter doesn’t burn as quickly.

Cooked lemon ricotta pancakes on a serving platter

Our Favorite Toppings for Ricotta Pancakes:

My personal go-to toppings for pancakes are sour cream, honey, and fresh berries. I find the combination of sweet and tangy irresistible. For company and special mornings, we love to elevate pancakes with these toppings:

  • Raspberry Maple Syrup – a blended combination of real maple syrup with raspberries for the ultimate breakfast syrup
  • Strawberry Sauce – our homemade topping is quick and easy to whip up and can’t be beaten.
  • Cherry Sauce – filled with juicy plump cherries; this tastes like cherry pie filling.
  • Fresh Fruit – we love a variety of berries and stone fruit depending on what is in season.
  • Real Maple Syrup (from Vermont) – REAL maple syrup makes all the difference.
  • Jams and Jellies – our homemade plum jam is a must-try – no pectin needed!
  • Fruit Preserves – we love homemade peach preserves where you can see the texture of the fruit

Fluffy Ricotta Cheese pancakes topped with berries and maple syrup

Brilliant Ways to Reheat Pancakes:

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers of these pancakes, you can cover and refrigerate them for up to 3 days then reheat when you’re ready for pancakes again.

  • Toaster – put pancakes individually into the slots of a toaster and toast as you would a slice of bread until they are heated through.
  • Air Fryer – put cold pancakes into the air fryer basket and air fry at 350˚F for about 3 minutes or just until heated through.
  • Frying Pan – set the burner to medium heat. Brush skillet with a little butter if desired and flip pancakes until warm.

Pancake slices on a fork

More Pancake Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over:

These Ricotta Pancakes will make a breakfast person out of you! Below are our top-rated pancake recipes (all tested and approved by our family). You can explore all of our breakfast recipes here.

Here’s my sweet girl making these ricotta pancakes. This is one of those easy recipes the whole family can help with.

girl making pancake batter

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (VIDEO)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ricotta Pancakes stacked on plate with fruit and drizzled with maple syrup

Light and fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are sure to become a new family favorite breakfast! These puff up beautifully and have wonderful lemon zest flavor. This recipe makes 18 (4-inch) pancakes.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

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Calories: 245 kcal

Servings: 6 people

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until well blended.

  2. Mix in ricotta cheese, buttermilk and salt and whisk until blended.

  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder then whisk the flour mixture into the cheese mixture.

  4. Stir in the zest of 1 lemon. If you let the batter rest for 10-30 minutes, the pancakes will be even fluffier.

  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and melt in your oil. Spoon batter into the pan (about 2 Tbsp per pancake) and sautee 2-3 min per side. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.

Nutrition Facts

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (VIDEO)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 245
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Cholesterol 109mg36%

Sodium 205mg9%

Potassium 359mg10%

Carbohydrates 28g9%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 361IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 244mg24%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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