Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta and whipped eggwhites make these lemon ricotta pancakes the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I have ever eaten! Perfect for weekend breakfasts!

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Sunday morning = pancake time. Growing up, my dad made us a big breakfast almost every Sunday.  It was the best. Well, it still is the best because he still cooks breakfast any time I am home in St. Louis. Tons of bacon. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Fried eggs if you want them (cooked in bacon fat and served on rye toast. that is worthy of its own blog post). And of course, my favorite, pancakes.

I still crave pancakes pretty much every weekend. And while I will always love good old fashioned plain pancakes, I love trying out new varieties. Like these lemon ricotta pancakes.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

Over the years I’ve seen lemon ricotta pancakes on a million brunch menus, but I have never ordered them. I always wondered what the big deal was. I don’t really like ricotta. I mean it is fine, but it is nothing special to me. And lemon just doesn’t seem like a breakfast flavor to me. Not sure why I think that, but I just never associate lemon with the morning.

But I had some ricottoa leftover after making this squash toast (ok, I do like ricotta when it is then smothered with kabocha suqash!) and was trying to decide what to do with it. Somehow, lemon ricotta pancakes came to my mind. And so I found a great looking recipe on King Arthur’s website (I love their recipes!) and got to work.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

All I can say is wow.  Now I see what the big deal is about lemon ricotta pancakes. They are SO GOOD! The texture is amazing, thanks to the ricotta and the whipped egg whites. They are so light and airy, it is almost like eating cloud (that’s a good thing). And the taste is absolutely delicious. The lemon flavor is subtle, and it makes these taste so fresh.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

These are delicious plain, but if you want more lemon flavor, then you can whip up some lemon ricotta glaze. Just mix together some ricotta, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Taste it and then adjust the ingredients. If you want it a little thinner add some milk. The glaze is a great topping for these – it really brings out the flavors in the pancakes.  But these are also amazing plain, with butter, syrup, jelly…anyway you serve them, they will be a hit!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | chezcateylou.com


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Yield: 2 dozen pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta and whipped eggwhites make these lemon ricotta pancakes the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I have ever eaten! Perfect for weekend breakfasts!


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (the zest from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat a griddle pan or large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat togehter the egg yolks, buttermilk, sugar and ricotta cheese.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt.
  4. In a third bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients into the buttermilk mixture - do not over mix. A few lumps remaining are ok. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  6. Lightly and carefully grease the hot pan with a very thin layer of canola oil.
  7. Spoon the batter, by quarter-cupfuls, onto the heated pan. Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on the first side, until bubbles rise and burst on the first side. Flip the pancakes and cook for a minute on the second side.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter.


Recipe from King Arthur Flour


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  1. says

    These are drool-worthy photos, Cate! And even though I’ve never met him, I really really like your dad! My hubby makes me wonderful poached eggs with rye bread any time I want them at the weekend, too … he’s a star at it, so maybe I should get him to branch out and make me some of these pancakes, too! I actually love ricotta, and lemon, so I think these would be really up my street!

    • says

      Thanks, Helen! It is so sweet that your hubby cooks breakfast for you on the weekends. I need mine to start that tradition! I love that my dad did it for us growing up.

  2. says

    Oh, yes YUM! These look so heavenly especially since I’m in love with anything lemon! The Mr. declared today that he doesn’t love lemon desserts, to which I replied MORE FOR ME! Unfortunately, seems I would have to share these pancakes – I must make them! I have some lemons at home right now and I want to use them up before they finish so will whip these up :).

    • says

      Thanks, Jessica! I love lemon too, it is so fresh and delicious tasting! Luckily this recipe makes about 2 dozen pancakes, so there will be plenty to share with the Mr.!

  3. says

    These pancakes look absolutely perfect! My dad always make pancakes on Saturday mornings. I’ve never had lemon ricotta pancakes either, but now I think I should add them to the Saturday morning menu. :)

  4. says

    How did I miss that you changed your header??? It looks great! And you are officially the pancake queen. I am almost more impressed with your ability to photo them than the recipe itself … almost 😉 Pancakes are as hard to photograph as they are easy to eat (for me, anyways!) I love the citrus and ricotta combo!

    • says

      Thanks, Chris! The pancakes at Clinton Street are SOOO good. With that maple butter, yum!! I’ve been meaning to buy their cookbook so I can attempt them at home and avoid the line!

    • says

      Thanks, Lily! I was just like you – I thought ricotta in pancakes sounded kind of gross. So glad I got over it because I love these!! Thanks for pinning!

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, how perfect are these pancakes? This is straight up diner level. I’ve been meaning to try ricotta pancakes forever and ever — yours are going on my list.

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