Lemon Ricotta Pancakes


These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are some of the best pancakes you’ll ever eat! Just imagine your favorite pancake recipe, now add an Italian flair to it with creamy ricotta and fresh lemon. They’ve got to be good right?

These pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth soft and tender, they’re perfectly fluffy, and you’ll love that bit of brightness and tang from the lemon. These are the perfect pancakes for spring or summer and they’re likely to become a new family favorite!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta Cheese in Pancakes?

Some of you may be thinking, really, cheese in pancakes? If you are, it’s not a savory cheesy taste like you might be imagining. You don’t taste the ricotta here, it just adds so much moisture, it makes these seem like really buttery pancakes when really there’s only 1 Tbsp of butter.

It isn’t like having a lasagna filling mixed into a pancake batter. Ewwwww. Think more of on the sweets side of what ricotta can create like my:

Ricotta is one of the few cheeses that can be mixed into something that isn’t savory and it works wonders. Similar to the idea of cream cheese (but ricotta isn’t tangy and it has a thinner texture).

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

How To Make Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Like other pancake recipes these are so easy to whip up. The ingredients you need include staples like flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, vanilla and butter then you’ll also need a couple of lemons and some ricotta cheese (I’ve used both whole and low-fat, whole makes them a little richer but use what you’d like).

  • First preheat your electric griddle or a a non-stick skillet or griddle over a stove top work as well (they just don’t need to preheat quite as long).
  • Then in one bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and make a well (or big bowl shape) in the center using your hands.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and ricotta.
  • Then to the milk mixture pour in melted butter, lemon zest and lemon juice and whisk just to blend.
  • Immediately pour that wet mixture into the flour mixture and whisk it with a large whisk just to combined (remember lumps are good in pancake batter, it means the batter isn’t over-mixed and equals fluffier pancakes).

bowl of pancake flour mixture egg milk ricotta mixture being poured in

  • Then butter the griddle just before you are going to pour the batter on otherwise it burns (or vegetable oil works as well).
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter onto griddle at a time and leave plenty of space between them, then let the griddle work it’s magic and cook them until the bottom is golden brown.
  • Flip using a large spatula and cook opposite side until golden brown.
  • And of course, serve immediately drizzled with syrup.

pancakes being cooked on a electric griddle

Variations on These Pancakes

You can also add blueberries or raspberries to these pancakes. I like to add the berries to individual pancakes after I’ve ladled out the batter onto the griddle. This way you get the same amount in each pancake and they are evenly spaced.

You could also add in chocolate chips and swap the lemon zest for orange zest because who doesn’t love that chocolate orange combo. And while you’re at it, if going that route why not add a bit of cinnamon to give it that cannoli flair. Doesn’t that sound dreamy??

stack of lemon ricotta pancakes swirled around on a large plate garnished with lemon slices and strawberries

What Should I Serve Over These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes?

stack of lemon ricotta pancakes swirled around on a large plate garnished with lemon slices and strawberries

Best Weekend Breakfast!

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will quickly become the highlight to your weekend breakfast menu!

Anyone else have a Saturday or Sunday breakfast tradition every week that the whole family looks forward too? We do at my house and these are one of those recipes we’ve had again and again because everyone absolutely loves them.

They’ll get you through that hectic work week when you’ve got these to look forward to on Saturday morning!

stack of eight lemon ricotta pancakes topped with fresh blueberries and mint maple syrup poured over pancakes lemon slices added on plate for garnish

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

4.91 from 21 votes

The most moist and delicious lemony pancakes! You don't taste the ricotta it just lends richness and moisture. These have been one of my favorites for years, everyone who tries these loves them! My favorite way to serve them is with fresh strawberry or blueberry syrup (see links in notes). Yields about 13 pancakes.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups (214g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp (46g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (236ml) milk
  • 3/4 cup (180g) ricotta (low-fat or whole)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp lemon zest (depending on how lemony you want them)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) butter, melted


  1. Preheat an electric griddle to moderately-high heat (or us a non-stick skillet set over medium heat).

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds.

  3. Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside. 
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, ricotta, eggs and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Add butter, lemon zest and lemon juice to milk mixture and blend until combined (it will curdle a little, that's fine).

  6. Immediately pour milk mixture into flour mixture and whisk just to combined (batter should be slightly lumpy). 

  7. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto buttered griddle or skillet and cook until bubbles begin to appear on surface and bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown. 
  8. Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar if desired and drizzled with maple or berry syrup.
  9. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

Strawberry Syrup Recipe HERE.

Blueberry Syrup Recipe HERE.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 341mg15%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Yvonne Margaret Dias: Made these for breakfast this morning and they were DELICIOUS! Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing this recipe! June 23, 2019 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Silvi Pimentel: The recipe is great!! My pancakes came out delicious and great! Thank you! March 23, 2019 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Katie: Absolutely delicious. Light and fluffy with just the perfect hint of lemon. Added blueberries to one when I was cooking it and it the sweetness from the berries offset the tang from the lemon. No need for syrup. I suggest you leave them rest for about 20 minutes to allow the baking powder and soda to activate and they will be even lighter. March 3, 2019 at 3:58pm Reply

  • Joseph Decicco: Do I need to strain the ricotta January 16, 2019 at 6:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No, unless it’s really watery. January 30, 2019 at 11:56pm Reply

  • Julio: Awesome pancakes, great taste. Can the left batter be refrigerated or frozen for another time ???? January 13, 2019 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend cooking the batter right away for fluffy pancakes. You can mix dry ingredients ahead of time though. Glad you liked them! January 13, 2019 at 3:23pm Reply

    • Julianne: I have refrigerated my leftovers! Tasted just the same! 💕 January 31, 2019 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Nancy R: Very moist pancakes. My family loved them. I didn’t have any lemon zest and I think it really needs that extra shot of lemon. Making them again this weekend. January 12, 2019 at 9:53am Reply

  • MC: Can someone confirm the sugar and flour amounts? I followed the recipe and the batter was watery and they were more like crepes. The edges burned before the middle was cooked. Not sure what I did wrong December 31, 2018 at 1:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It sounds to me like an ingredient may have accidentally been left out such as the leavening (baking powder/baking soda) or possibly the flour was mis-measured. So sorry that happened! December 31, 2018 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Joanna: BEST PANCAKES EVER! I love these and so does my 14 year old son. So happy to have the recipe. We stayed at a hotel who had these (similar) and I immediately came to the internet to find a recipe. There were many, but so glad I tried this one. I have made them many times and have to say I am obsessed. We eat them for dessert. I take some of the lemon zest and lemon and add it to some ricotta and mix it with some powder sugar for a ricotta lemon cream topping. Yum! thank you for the photos too. Awesomeness. November 12, 2018 at 4:42pm Reply

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