Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Light and airy, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will make your mornings shine even on rainy days! Fresh lemon and ricotta cheese make these pancakes stand out from the ordinary.

These lemon ricotta pancakes are like the ones you get at Sarabeth's in NYC!

I first had lemon ricotta pancakes while enjoying brunch at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, Sarabeth's. So light and delicious with a delicate lemon flavor. At Sarabeth's you'll find these tasty morning treats are most often served with blackberries as a garnish and with butter and real maple syrup.  They are just delightful! 

When Sunday Supper Movement decided on "Citrus Recipes to Make You Smile" as a theme this week, I knew exactly what citrus recipe made me smile...these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes! While this isn't the exact recipe from Sarabeth's (it must be a secret, because I wasn't able to find it anywhere!), it is a delicious copycat. 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are easy to make! 

There's no oil or butter in the batter.  You could add a TBS or so of either if you like. I've done that before and it does decrease the rise a little. They really are perfectly fine without added fat though.

You can also substitute lower fat dairy products (milk, cheese) for the full fat ones and still have a good outcome! It's your choice.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes make a great addition to a lazy Sunday breakfast or a fabulous weekend brunch!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Renee Paj
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Light and fluffy pancakes made with fresh lemon and ricotta cheese, similar to the ones served at Sarabeth's in NYC for breakfast and brunch! 


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • zest from 1 - 2 lemons
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (full fat or low-fat)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from 2 lemons)
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. In large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, salt, lemon zest, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a large 4 cup glass measure or bowl, whisk together egg yolks, ricotta cheese, milk, and lemon juice. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients then, gently fold in the whipped egg whites in thirds.
  4. Heat nonstick griddle or pan sprayed with cooking spray. Drop batter by 1/4th cups to make pancakes. Batter is a bit thick, so drop in a circular motion and spread around to make pancake. Flip when underside is done (pancakes won't bubble on the surface). Keep warm in oven and repeat process with remainder of batter.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup!
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.

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Adapted from Food Network

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  1. Oh my goodness, Renee. I want to visit Sarabeth in NYC =) And your (almost) copycat recipe is on my want-to-make list. P.s. Pinned your fabulous photo!

    1. Thanks Kim! Sarabeth's is a must stop when in NYC! I hope you get there sometime!

  2. I think you're right Renee, there is plenty of fat from the ricotta cheese so you don't need to add any more. Great photos, my mouth is watering.

    1. Thanks Wendy! Yes, the ricotta does seem to contain enough oil for the batter without having to add additional.

  3. Oh my yumminess! Your photos are stunning Renee. I love lemon and your pancakes look so fluffy and delish! I would absolutely eat these blackberries, or blueberries, or any berry! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. These lemon ricotta pancakes sound like delicious breakfast! I bet they would be amazing with some blueberry syrup :) Great recipe!

    1. Yes! I bet they would!! Lemons and blueberries are so good together! Thanks so much Marcelle!

  5. There is a restaurant here in Scottsdale, Wildflower bread co and they make these pancakes, they are my favorite. Now I can make them, thank you!

    1. Oh that's good to know! If I'm ever in that area, I'll have to check them out! Thanks Cheri!

  6. Those are some seriously fabulous looking pancakes, Renee!

  7. I've made cake with these flavours before and it was killer - so why not pancakes? Yum!

    1. Yes! Lemon and Ricotta cheese are such great partners! Thanks so much Sarah!

  8. WOW! These sound incredible--my mom used to make similar pancakes when I was growing up but she lost the recipe at some point. I'll have to try yours!

    1. I hope this one is as good as your mom's was! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes this brings a vision of breakfast on the Amalfi Coast! We were in NYC a few months ago but regretfully missed Sarabeth’s. I’m always on the lookout for something different and will be making this recipe soon. Will let you know how good it was.


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