Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

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Recipe Details

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 2 to 3 servings
Makes 8 pancakes


  • 1 cup (about 8 ounces) ricotta cheese

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus more for serving

  • Fruit and/or syrup for serving


  1. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until homogenous. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and lemon zest in a separate bowl. Add the ricotta mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Some lumps are ok.

  2. In a separate clean bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter.

  3. Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat until melted. Wipe out with a paper towel. Add four circles of pancake batter using a quarter cup measure. Cook until top side begins to show bubbles, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until second side is golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a large plate and keep warm in a low oven. Repeat with remaining butter and batter.

  4. Serve hot with butter, fruit, and syrup.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
516 Calories
17g Fat
67g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 516
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 283mg 94%
Sodium 731mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 417mg 32%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 327mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)