Japanese Fluffy Pancakes

Japanese fluffy pancakes, also known as souffle pancakes, are light, airy, and incredibly delicious. They have a unique texture that is soft and fluffy, making them a delightful breakfast or brunch treat. Here’s a recipe to make Japanese fluffy pancakes at home:


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter or oil, for greasing the pan

Optional toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh berries
  • Whipped cream


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and whisk until smooth and well combined.
  4. In another clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter using a spatula. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  6. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over low to medium heat. Grease the pan with butter or oil.
  7. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan for each pancake. You can use a round cookie cutter or a metal ring to help maintain the pancake’s shape.
  8. Cook the pancakes for about 2-3 minutes on one side, until bubbles form on the surface.
  9. Carefully flip the pancakes using a spatula and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side, until golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Remove the pancakes from the pan and stack them on a plate.
  11. Serve the Japanese fluffy pancakes warm, topped with maple syrup, fresh berries, and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.