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Easy Air Fryer Pancakes

Busy mornings just got a whole lot better, thanks to these easy air fryer pancakes!

These soft and fluffy flapjacks melt in your mouth. In only 20 minutes, you can whip up a hot batch for the family.

Thick fluffy pancakes topped with blueberry jam on a white plate.
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They’re so simple, you can make every day feel like a Sunday morning.

Get ready to be impressed by these incredible homemade pancakes!

Fluffy Air Fryer Pancakes

If you haven’t made pancakes in the air fryer yet, it’s time to start! They require minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients.

There’s no need to babysit them, either. Just mix, pour, and air fry.

As the hot air circulates, it creates super fluffy pancakes. You get a stack of picture-perfect flapjacks made from scratch.

Plus, they’re freezer-friendly. You can have hot pancakes any day of the week!

Ingredients

Pancakes are best when they’re made with love from scratch! Skip the boxed mix and gather these ingredients:

  • Flour – I use all-purpose flour for the flavor and fluffy consistency. You can also use gluten-free flour, but the results will vary.
  • Sugar – A couple of spoonfuls of granulated sugar make them perfectly sweet.
  • Baking Powder – The secret to achieving super fluffy pancakes.
  • Salt – A pinch to enhance the flavor.
  • Milk – For melding the ingredients along with adding flavor. You can also use buttermilk for extra tasty pancakes.
  • Egg – An egg helps bind the ingredients and give the pancakes structure.
  • Butter – Melted butter mixes better. You can also swap it with oil.
  • Vanilla Extract (optional) – It’s optional, but I love adding a splash of vanilla extract to my pancakes. The flavor enhances the batter, making it even more delicious.
Pancake batter in a glass bowl.

How to Make Air Fryer Pancakes

Why hover over a hot stove? Thanks to the air fryer, you only have to flip the pancakes. It takes care of the rest for you.

Here are the general steps:

1. Prep the air fryer. Preheat to 375°Fahrenheit.

2. Mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

3. Mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together the egg, milk, butter, and optional vanilla in a separate bowl.

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Whisk until just combined.

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5. Air fry. Spray an air fryer-safe pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into each pan. Cook it for 5-10 minutes, flipping it halfway through.

6. Serve. Enjoy with your toppings of choice!

Tips and Tricks

This air fryer pancake recipe is very beginner-friendly. Still, I have a few tips and tricks so you get the fluffiest pancakes ever!

  • Make ‘em thick. For thicker pancakes, use 1/3 cup of batter per pancake.
  • Give them a quick peek. Some air fryer models may cook these pancakes faster than others. Check the pancakes around the 5-minute mark.
  • Don’t get ahead of yourself. Mixing the batter too much will yield denser pancakes. So mix just until combined for fluffy pancakes.
  • Do a butter swap. All out of butter? You can use canola oil or olive oil instead.
  • Go au naturel. Instead of granulated sugar, you can sweeten these pancakes with honey or maple syrup.
Pancake in a molder inside an air fryer

Topping Ideas

Looking to go beyond the dab of butter and maple syrup? I have some yummy topping ideas to try!

Try sauces, fresh berries, whipped cream, jam, take your pick. Here are my favorite toppings for pancakes:

Can You Freeze Air Fryer Pancakes?

Yes! Not only can you freeze air fryer pancakes, but you should. They’re a fantastic make-ahead meal for a quick breakfast, snack, or even dinner.

Just let them cool completely, then place them in a freezer-friendly bag or container. Layer the pancakes with wax or parchment paper if you’re stacking them.

Frozen pancakes will last for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to eat, just reheat them in the air fryer. Oh, and don’t forget your favorite toppings!

Stack of fluffy pancakes on a plate topped with blueberry jam.

Can You Air Fry Pancakes With Parchment Paper?

Absolutely not! It may have gone viral on TikTok, but don’t trust the video.

Air frying with parchment paper is messy. Plus, the pancakes can stick to it, and they’re much harder to shape.

So skip the parchment paper and stick with an air fryer safe pan.

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Easy Air Fryer Pancakes

Course: BreakfastCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

These air fryer pancakes are such a game-changer! Skip the griddle and whip up homemade hotcakes in 20 minutes or less.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°Fahrenheit (190°Celsius).
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter. Add the vanilla if using.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  • Spray an air fryer-safe pan (disposable mini pie tins, silicone molds, etc.) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto/into the pan/tin/mold for each pancake.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the pancakes are golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through.
  • Serve them immediately with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • You can use an oil like light olive oil or canola oil if you don’t have any butter.
  • For thicker pancakes, use ⅓ cup of batter per pancake.
  • You CANNOT use a pan with a non-stick coating.
  • Cook times may vary depending on the model of the air fryer. Start checking after the 5-minute mark.
  • You can use this recipe for regular stovetop pancakes, too.
  • Topping ideas: berries and cream, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, caramel, etc.
Air fryer pancakes

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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