How To Make Nigerian Pancakes

Although Nigerian pancakes share their name with the internationally popular breakfast food, the pancakes in Nigeria are different from what you see on foreign TV shows. The biggest difference is that the Nigerian pancakes recipe produces thin, large pancakes instead of fluffy.

Making pancakes won’t take too much of your time and effort, so you can easily turn it into a nutritious and quick breakfast your whole family will love. Find out how to make pancakes right now!


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1. Ingredients for Nigerian pancakes

The first thing to do while learning how to make pancakes in Nigeria is to study the ingredient list and see which products are already in your kitchen and which are missing. Here is what you’ll need for a batch of sweet pancakes.

  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – to taste
  • Oil for frying

Nigerian pancakes recipe

2. How to make Nigerian pancakes

Now that all of your ingredients are ready, you can move on to the cooking process. Follow these steps of the most authentic and delicious Nigerian pancake recipe.

  1. Soften the butter by heating it on a low setting in a microwave oven. In case you don’t have a microwave oven or want to do it the old-fashioned way, you can melt the butter using a water bath on a regular stove top.
  2. Cool the butter in case it’s too hot and add the eggs. Whisk the mixture to make it homogeneous. Once the mixture looks even, add the water and whisk again.
  3. Sift the flour and slowly add to the egg mix. Continue whisking the batter until you don’t see any lumps, as pieces of raw flour in the pancakes may ruin everyone’s impression from the breakfast.
  4. Add the milk and sugar, giving the mixture one good mix before it’s ready for frying.
  5. Heat a medium-sized pan with oil on low to medium heat. Don’t take a pan that is too large – it may be much harder to flip big pancakes. Moreover, don’t use large amounts of oil, since it will make your pancakes too greasy.
  6. When the oil has the right temperature, take a deep spoon or a ladel and pour your first portion of the pancake batter, tilting the pan around to let the batter cover the whole pan.
  7. Wait for the bottom of the pancake to become golden brown. Another way to confirm that the pancake is ready to be flipped is to gently lift its outer edge and see if it lifts easily. Flip the pancake over and wait for the other side to be cooked.
  8. Take the ready pancake out of the pan and pour in another portion of the batter. Continue doing it until you run out of batter.
  9. That’s it – your batch of freshly prepared pancakes is ready for the family to feast over. Now you can serve in your favorite way.

3. How to serve Nigerian pancakes

Although sweet Nigerian pancakes taste great on their own, we couldn’t finish our pancake recipe without some serving suggestions. Here are the foods that  are perfect for serving with your pancakes:

  • Honey
  • Whipped cream
  • Jam
  • Berries and fruits
  • Nuts
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate spread
  • Custard

Nigerian pancakes

4. Savory Nigerian pancakes

When you know the basic way of how to make pancakes with flour, you can use it for various experiments. For example, a very popular variety of Nigerian pancakes are savory pancakes, which are awesome as breakfast, takeaway lunch for work or school, or a snack.

To make savory pancakes, use the recipe described above, but don’t add the sugar – instead add a pinch of salt and finely chopped vegetables – for example, onions and peppers. As for the serving, you can add whatever savory ingredient you can think of: meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, savory condiments, and anything your family is fond of.

Savory Nigerian pancakes


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My name is Inna. I am a content writer with an English and literature background. As a mother of a 2-year old son, I love learning about children’s health and development, as well as finding new interesting toys and activities for my little one. I am also in love with all things tech and always keep my finger on the pulse of new smartphone and gadget releases. Another big passion of mine is beauty and makeup – every day I read about new trends in skin care and makeup and always look forward to trying them. Plus, I love pop culture, travelling, crafts, and anything that can make our daily life more thrilling!