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Fried pancakes. That’s right, fried pancakes. They are like a heavenly mix of a donut and a pancake.

Three fried pancakes on a white plate topped with whipped cream and berries.

Fried pancakes. That’s right, fried pancakes. They are like a heavenly mix of a donut and a pancake. Are you ready for a crazy good recipe? You may look at the ingredients and say to yourself, “hey, that looks just like a buttermilk pancake.” I thought the same thing. Let me tell you, these are a far cry from a buttermilk pancake. These babies are fried, crispy on the outside, light and airy on the inside. It’s like some kind of donut pancake and it is pure deliciousness.

Fun fact: this recipe is based on a classic Russian breakfast called Oladi. Our Russian friends apparently eat these with jam and sour cream. We enjoyed ours with fresh berries and sour cream. Now, you may be a bit skeptical about the sour cream. Just trust me on this one. Russian sour cream is a bit different than the American kind (higher fat content), but it’s served with practically everything. They are on to something here because the sour cream was a tasty touch. You really must try it with sour cream. For reals.

Fried pancakes on a white plate with blackberries and strawberries.
Fried pancakes on a white plate with blackberries and strawberries.
Fried pancakes. That's right, fried pancakes. They are like a heavenly mix of a donut and a pancake.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • oil for frying vegetable or canola
  • sour cream and fresh berries for serving
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Pour in eggs and buttermilk and mix until the batter is mostly smooth.
  • Heat a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Pour in enough oil to just barely cover the bottom of the pan. Let the oil heat up. You may have to adjust and readjust the temperature of your heat source as you cook so make sure those beautiful pancakes stay golden brown.
  • Working in small batches of 3 to 4, ladle in about 1 tablespoon of batter at a time into the hot skillet. Fry until golden brown, flip, and fry the other side until it is also golden brown.
  • Transfer the fried pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot with jam, sour cream, or fresh berries.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 3.2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: russian
Keyword: Fried Pancakes

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Biker Chick

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Tramp McLean

Let me preface this with I CANNOT COOK! This recipe was so easy and SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! ABSOLUTE BOMB! EVERYONE LOVED IT!! Thanks so much for sharing! I am not sure what the RUssian sour cream is, but my husband is French, and we use Creme Fraiche A LOT in our house (which is just like sour cream, but creamier and more tart. It’s so yummy!) I dusted these little gems with powdered sugar, and then I had one with the Creme Fraiche, one with the creme fraiche and a black currant compote and one with a warm syrup drizzle. OMG!!!!… Read more »


These are amazing pancakes just like my mom used to make them all the time when I was young and we ate them with sour cream and yes you are right Russian people do eat a lot of sour cream with lots of different food. I lived there till my teenage years then, and I remember those pancakes with sour cream.


I tried it using buttermilk pancake mix from Costco and used a wok with veggie oil. Then served them with Nutella on top and jam on the side

Same result and sooo good

No convincing necessary here re: sour cream–or re these pancakes! What an awesome recipe!

I am not big on regular pancakes, but these look incredible!

Russians sometimes serve tiny pancakes like these (though without the sugar I think) with sour cream and caviar. Either sweet or savory, they are amazing. Can't wait to try your version.

I hear they serve practically everything with sour cream! Someone who lived there for a few years was telling me that when you ask children what their favorite food is, they often say it is sour cream.

Fried pancakes? Don't have to tell me twice.

I love crispy pancakes- I also have yet to use buttermilk in a stack!

is the sour creme like French Creme Fresh? I love love love that stuff! these look amazing! These are going on our breakfast menu for sure! 😉

Yes, creme fraiche is probably the closest to Russian sour cream (smetana)

These look heavenly light , with such delicious crispiness around the edges.. Not sure what it is about the ingredients that is producing this look. As you say, it looks like a standard buttermilk pancake recipe. Must try.

The batter is thinner than your standard buttermilk pancake. I think the result comes from the baking powder and the frying process.

So fun. Sounds like I better try it.

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