No other recipe stacks up: A guide to effortless Japanese soufflé pancakes

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Have you seen those Instagram videos of tall, jiggly pancakes that are nothing but light and airy when cut open? These soufflé pancake videos make it seem like you have to travel to Japan just to try them. We at the Clog have you covered with a simple recipe to make these fluffy pancakes all by yourself.


  • 2 large eggs (egg whites and egg yolks separated)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1⁄3 cup of cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • Unsalted butter or oil (for greasing purposes)


  1. Gently whisk the egg yolks by hand, along with the milk, vanilla extract and cake flour, as you would while making normal pancakes.
  2. Now comes the most crucial part of this recipe, which gives you the fluffy texture! In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites using an electric mixer, slowly adding the sugar at regular intervals, until you get stiff peaks.
  3. Using a spatula, gently fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the batter. Take special care to avoid overmixing, as this can lead to deflation of the air pockets and you might not get the desired result. Your pancake batter is now ready!
  4. Grease your nonstick pan with some oil or butter and ensure that your stovetop is at low heat at all times. Using a large ice cream scoop or a ladle, stack some batter in the pan and cover it with a lid. Unlike regular pancakes, for soufflé pancakes, you get the best results by cooking it at a low heat so that the insides are evenly cooked.
  5. After five to seven minutes, once the top seems firm enough, flip the pancakes and allow another five to seven minutes for the pancake to cook completely.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, and voila! Your light and fluffy soufflé pancakes are ready to be devoured. These are best eaten immediately so that they don’t deflate. Feel free to add some syrup, whipped cream and strawberries to take it to the next level.

Granted, these pancakes take longer to make than regular pancakes, but they make up for it in taste. So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to treat yourself to some Japanese soufflé pancakes.

Contact Nandita Radhakrishnan at [email protected].