How to cook the perfect pancake in a cast iron skillet

Learning how to cook the perfect pancake in a cast iron skillet is really quite simple. It just takes some practice before you will have it down. We have a few tips and tricks that have worked well for us in making the perfect pancake.

First thing is first, you must start with a cast iron skillet. We prefer to use a 12-inch skillet. This allows for your pancake batter to have enough room to expand in the skillet. The skillet we own is made by Lodge.

The second important piece is for your skillet to be seasoned. This is the cast iron way of saying the skillet is “broke in.” Having a well-seasoned skillet is the second most important part about cooking in a cast iron skillet.

The third important thing about cooking with a cast iron skillet is that the skillet must be hot. If you try to pour pancake batter into a pan that is not adequately heated, you will not gain the desired effect of cooking with cast iron. Cast iron skillets are known to cook hotter and more evenly than other types of pans.

The fourth most important thing about cooking a pancake in a cast iron skillet is to ensure that your skillet is adequately oiled or buttered. This will ensure that your pancake develops the amazing crispy outside and doesn’t stick to the pan.

The fifth most important thing about cooking a pancake in a cast iron skillet is to not attempt to flip your pancake prematurely. Do not try to flip your pancake too soon as this could result in it not developing the crisp in needs on the first side. Flip your pancake once it has cooked for a couple of minutes on the first side and has developed visible bubbles.

We thought it couldn’t be anymore perfect to share our directions of how to cook the perfect pancake in a cast iron skillet after sharing our homemade pancake batter recipe Simply whip up this pancake batter recipe or your favorite pancake batter recipe and follow the instructions below to cook the perfect pancake in a cast iron skillet.


Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

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Add butter and oil to the pan.

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Pour ¼ cup of batter into the hot skillet for each pancake.

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Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake.

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Flip and cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on the opposite side.

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Then enjoy your pancakes with whatever toppings and sides and you choose!

Learning to make the perfect pancake is an essential cooking skill. Pancakes make a great breakfast but can also be served for other meals. They are both inexpensive and easy to make. While you can cook pancakes in other types of skillets. The cast iron skillet is really the only way in our opinion to cook a pancake. It gives your pancakes the most amazing texture and flavor. Your pancakes will have the perfect crust or crisp on the outside while being fluffy and tender inside.

Below you will find a link to the cast iron skillet we typically use for pancakes. It is a 12-inch skillet made by Lodge. We would highly recommend this skillet due to its versatility. We use this skillet and its counterparts on a daily basis.

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Be sure to try making a pancake in your cast iron skillet today. Be patient with yourself and you will have it down in no time. We would love to hear what you think about this recipe and whether you have any other tips to cooking a pancake in a cast iron skillet. Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown! We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.

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