Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Tender, delicate pancakes infused with a bright lemon flavor, ricotta cheese and poppy seeds.

Lemon and ricotta are a winning combination that gives these pancakes sweet, creamy middles and a burst of sunshine in every single delicious bite.

Since I discovered fresh ricotta at my farm market for not much more money than the standard stuff I’ve brought home a package every week whether I have a plan for it or not. I can’t resist its wily charms.

Super smooth and creamy with the most incredible flavor similar to mascarpone (they have that fresh too but I don’t dare), I could spoon up the entire package without batting an eye.

The pancakes are so special on their own they don’t really need anything. Bobby Flay recommends eating them with lemon curd and raspberries. I like the idea of blueberries. With neither in my house a little butter and maple syrup turned out to be perfect.

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: about 12 pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Tender, delicate pancakes infused with a bright lemon flavor, ricotta cheese and poppy seeds.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
butter, for greasing the griddle
Options for serving:
fresh berries
lemon curd
confectioners' sugar
butter & maple syrup


  1. Preheat a nonstick griddle over medium-ish heat.
  2. In a small bowl whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar together.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the cheese, eggs, milk, lemon juice, zest, vanilla and poppy seeds.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Butter the griddle and pour 1/4 cups of the batter for each pancake. Cook on first side until edges are slightly dry and bubbles appear. Flip and cook until golden on remaining side. Repeat until all the batter is used.
  6. Serve with maple syrup and butter or warm lemon curd, fresh berries and confectioners' sugar.


Adapted from Bobby Flay


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  1. Faith says

    It’s like you read my mind, Reeni — I’ve been dying for pancakes! But not ordinary pancakes, I wanted something special…definitely making these!

  2. Joanne says

    Fresh ricotta is my weakness also! I’ll just go at it with a spoon. It’s amazing how much better it is than anything packaged in stores!!

    Have I ever told you that lemon poppyseed muffins are my absolute favorite? Well now these are about to be my favorite pancakes!

  3. Mj@cardamomhills says

    lemon and ricotta flavor in a pancake…mmmm…have to have to try this….sadly poppy seeds are illegal our part of the world :-( but nevertheless sans one ingredient ain’t gonna kill the taste :-) Will be back after trying. Thanks for the recipe.

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