Introduction: Easy 5-Minute Crepe Recipe

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Saturday morning is crepe time at our house. We enjoy them because they are easier to make and healthier than pancakes. Even flipping them in the air is a cinch with a little practice!

The ingredients are very simple and the finished product can be treated like pancakes or loaded with fillings like bananas, strawberries, eggs, or cheese, and then eaten like a burrito.

This recipe makes 7-8 sweet crepes. I included a video that walks you through the steps as well as a number of still pictures.

Step 1: The Recipe

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This is the recipe. I recommend that you add the ingredients together in this order:

1 Tbsp. butter
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk

Step 2: The Video

This is a video that shows how the crepes are made:


Step 3: Melt the Butter

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Put the 1 Tbsp butter in the (non-metallic) mixing bowl and microwave on high for 20-40 seconds. Try to make sure that the butter is not totally melted when it leaves the microwave. Use the whisk or a spoon to mix up the butter until it is melted.

Step 4: Add the Rest of the Ingredients

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Add in the rest of the ingredients: Eggs, flour, sugar, salt, and milk.

Mix up the crepe batter with the whisk or a spoon until it's smooth with minimal "chunks" visible. Don't go crazy here or use an electric mixer.

Step 5: Cook the Crepes

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With the flame set to medium, heat your pan for a minute or so. If you don't have a non-stick pan, you may need to add some butter or vegetable oil spray.

With a spoon or ladle, add the crepe batter to the pan. Check out the pictures and video here for the right amount. I use 2 spoonfuls with my spoon/ladle.

Rotate the pan around until the crepe batter you spooned evenly coats the pan.

Step 6: Flip Your Crepes!

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When the first side of the crepe is cooked, you'll notice the edges are starting to brown. It's time to flip it over! You can do this with a soft thin spatula or... you can do the FLIP.

To do a dramatic and awe inspiring crepe flip, loosen the bottom of the crepe from the pan by either just shaking it or, using a thin spatula to loosen it.

Next, while holding the pan in one hand, shake the pan gently so the crepe is hanging slightly over the edge away from your hand.

Give the pan a quick shake forward and up. The crepe will fly in the air and flip over!

Now cook the other side. Check it after 30 seconds. If you see browning, it's probably done and you can slide it onto a plate.

Step 7: Fill Your Crepe

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The finished Crepes can be eaten plain, you could use maple syrup or you can stuff them with stuff. These are some alternatives we like:

  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Sugar and cinnamon
  • Yogurt, granola and berries
  • Savory with avocado, cheese and turkey (scrambled eggs would also be great)

Try out your own ideas.

Step 8: Conclusion

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I think crepes are a better alternative than pancakes for breakfast. They are lower carbohydrate and higher protein. Many people (other than my kids) tend to stuff them with healthy fillings.

Enjoy and post some pics of your creations here if you try these out.


MarieC79 (author)2017-05-13

I will be trying these Monday morning for my school kids and let them fill with their favorite ingredients. I will let everyone know how it turns out.

mscooking (author)2016-03-22

Hi! Just some tips before you make these: make sure that the eggs are not too cold and that the butter is not too hot. If the eggs are too cold, they will condense the butter and it will be no longer melted. If the butter is too hot, you will have scrambled egg crepes, and I'm sure no one wants that! Just helpful tips! :) good luck all!

ihart (author)mscooking2016-03-23

Thanks for commenting. My wife does the same type of thing for baking. She leaves eggs and butter on the counter to warm to room temperature. She also sifts flour for many recipes.

NONE of these things are necessary for this recipe. The eggs can be cold. The butter should be melted in the microwave as the recipe says. The butter will not scramble the eggs. There is too little butter and too many eggs for this to possibly happen. The eggs will not condense the butter...

Fathimah29 (author)ihart2016-11-07

What flour shall I use all purpose flour or just normal flour

ihart (author)Fathimah292016-11-07

All purpose flour.

TarryK (author)2016-04-18

I'm making them for our crepes Suzette tonight.

IHaveAQuestion (author)2016-02-15

Does anyone know about how many crepes this recipe makes?

I am making crepes for my class, and I wanted to make sure I would have enough, and whether I would have to double it.

Thank you in advance!

ihart (author)IHaveAQuestion2016-03-23

This recipe makes 7-8 sweet crepes.

IHaveAQuestion (author)ihart2016-04-10

Thank you!

SmitaO1 (author)2016-03-24

thank you so much - trying them out tomorrow!

mscooking (author)2016-03-22

Oh, and I almost forgot! An amazing filling is a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Heavenly!

PitcherandPlate (author)2016-02-25

Perfect! Thank you for this recipe. I followed your recipe exactly,
used a touch of butter in my medium (8"?) cast iron skillet and a gravy
ladle for pouring the batter into the pan. Very easy to flip :) You
made our morning special. Oh, and it made at least 10-12 crepes...maybe more. I lost count!

ArunaA4 (author)2016-01-01

Looks awesome, thanks for this. I am gonna try this tomorrow.

FERGUSSCOT (author)2015-08-21

I have a very similar recipe I got from a sister in law way back in the 60's; always called German Pancakes.

I usually add enough cold water to make the batter like table cream.

And there is no fat in my recipe.

Celeste84 (author)FERGUSSCOT2015-10-17

Well that claim to fame is incorrect. If there is no fat in your recipe why are there eggs and milk?

More importantly , why post on another person's recipe with no feedback other than "my recipe is better"? Manners are still important, even online.

AlexB138 (author)Celeste842015-11-14

Ditto what Celeste said.
Doncha just love the "i changed xyz ingredients and it came out sooo much better" feedbacks?
Good grief.

AlexB138 (author)FERGUSSCOT2015-11-14

How incredibly rude of you. I guess we need to post a recipe for common decency (also called "good manners' by some)
1 Cup of Respect for others
1 cup of Ogre-less demeanor
1 cup of common sense.

Mix ingredients, take a swig of this concoction daily.

JohnK11 (author)2015-09-02

Made them this morning. Accidently overcooked most of them, but the rest were great!

amberharding82 (author)2015-07-13


overcomer8 (author)2015-07-08

So awesome can't wait to try some!

Bunnyofhope (author)2015-06-27

I haven't tried them yet but I'm sure I will like them

MaggieMooi (author)2015-06-03

My (French) husband caught me using your recipe instead of his (French) recipe.... He reluctantly tasted.... and then asked me for the recipe...;-)
Perfect texture!

ihart (author)MaggieMooi2015-06-04

Hi Maggie,
That is a great compliment coming from a French man! I'm glad you enjoy the crepes. We still make them all the time.

vinderoed (author)2015-02-01

hi ihart have you tried with a little vanilla and a fresh squished orange it makes

the crepes extra delicious.

kind regards

Tom Jensen

ihart (author)vinderoed2015-02-03

I added a little vanilla to the crepes once while making them. My family hated them and I had to eat them all myself... ;-)

MattJ6 (author)ihart2015-02-21


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