How Do You Know When Pancakes Are Done?

Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by Lauren Beck

If you’ve ever flipped a stack of pancakes, you know how hard it can be to tell when they’re done and ready to come off the griddle. If you take them off too soon, they’ll be doughy and undercooked in the middle. If you leave them on too long, then they will become tough and burnt. Here are some tips to help you recognize the signs that your pancakes are cooked and ready to be served:

Ways To Know When Pancakes Are Done

  1. Look for bubbles– Bubbles on the surface of the pancake usually indicate that they’re done cooking. These small bubbles will form in the batter as it cooks and start to pop as it’s flipped, leaving small holes in the pancake.
  2. Check the color– The edges of a pancake should be golden brown and the middle should be mostly white or light golden when they’re done cooking. If it’s still pale, then it needs to cook longer.
  3. Test for doneness– To test for doneness, press down on the pancake with a spatula. If it springs back quickly, then it’s done. If the indent stays and doesn’t spring back, then you need to let it cook longer.

Following these tips will help you determine when your pancakes are perfectly cooked each time you make them. Enjoy!

How to Know When Pancakes are Ready to Flip?

The most important part of making pancakes is flipping them correctly. You’ll know it’s time to flip when you see bubbles forming on the surface of the pancake and its edges appear dry and golden brown. If they don’t look ready, give them a few more minutes to cook before flipping them. Be sure not to overcook them, as this will result in tough, dry pancakes. For help flipping pancakes, check out our guide on how to flip pancakes like a pro!

Once your pancakes have been flipped, use the tips above to know when they’re done cooking and ready to be served.

How to Cook Pancakes?

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk until combined.
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined (don’t overmix). The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  4. Heat a greased skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, drop 1/4 cup scoops of batter onto the griddle and spread it out slightly with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  6. Cook until bubbles start to form on the surface and then flip each pancake over with a spatula to cook on the other side.
  7. Once both sides are golden brown, the pancakes are done and can be served with butter and syrup or your favorite toppings!

Best Temperature for Cooking Pancakes

For perfectly golden brown pancakes, it’s important to cook them at the right temperature. Too low and they’ll take too long to cook, leaving you with soggy pancakes. Too high and they’ll burn before they’re cooked through. The ideal temperature for cooking pancakes is 375°F (190°C). This will ensure that the pancakes are cooked through and lightly golden brown on the outside.

How Long to Cook Pancakes?

It should take about 2-3 minutes for each side of the pancake to cook. To test if they’re done, press down on them with a spatula. If it springs back quickly, then the pancakes are ready!

How Long to Cook Pancakes on Stove?

The cooking time will depend on how hot your stove is, but it should take about two to three minutes for each side of the pancake to cook. Be sure not to leave them on too long or they will burn!

Best Pan for Pancakes?

Here are the top pans for making pancakes:

  • Nonstick skillet or griddle – A nonstick pan is ideal for making pancakes as it ensures that the batter won’t stick to the surface.
  • Cast iron skillet – If you don’t have a nonstick pan, a cast iron skillet will work just fine. It may take a bit longer to heat up, but it will still yield delicious pancakes.
  • Electric griddle [1]- An electric griddle is great if you’re making a large batch of pancakes as it can cook several at once.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pancakes

  • Not preheating the pan. The pan needs to be hot before you put the batter on it, or else the pancakes won’t cook properly.
  • Using too much oil or butter. Too much oil or butter can cause your pancakes to become greasy and soggy. Add just enough for a light coating of the pan.
  • Overmixing the batter. The more you mix the batter, the tougher your pancakes will be and they’ll also lose their fluffy texture. Mix just enough to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Not flipping soon enough. Make sure to flip the pancakes before they start to brown too much or else they’ll become overcooked and dry.
  • Not cooking the pancakes long enough. If you don’t cook them for long enough, they will be undercooked in the middle. Give them a few more minutes on each side before serving.

With these tips, you can now confidently answer how do you know when pancakes are done. The pancakes are ready when they’re lightly golden brown on both sides and spring back quickly when touched with a spatula. Enjoy your delicious pancakes!


Making pancakes doesn’t have to be hard. With a few simple tips, you can make perfect pancakes every time. Preheat the pan properly, use just enough oil or butter for a light coating of the pan, mix the batter until just combined and don’t overmix it, flip them when bubbles start to form on the surface, and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. And don’t forget to serve them with butter and syrup or your favorite toppings!


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