Why Your Pancakes Are Sticking To The Pan (And How To Fix It)

  • February 9th, 2018
  • The Pancake God

It’s safe to say that anyone who has made pancakes has dealt with a pancake sticking to the pan. Leading to the painful task of prying a pancake from a pan that just won’t let go. This is one of the most common problems among flapjack lovers.

Use Cooking Spray?

Most people will tell you to use some non-stick cooking spray or to grease the pan with butter or oil to prevent the pan from sticking. While this will work most of the time there are instances where it will result with the same terrible conclusion.


What people don’t realize is that the pan is the problem most of the time. I’ve used many different pans in the years of making pancakes and believe me, I’ve had at least a pancake stick on every one of them.

Time for a New Pan

Most pans have some sort of non-stick texture on the pan. This is what you want. In theory you should be able to make pancakes with no oil and suffer no consequences. The problem is using older pans or skillets where the coating had degraded over time.


In these situations it may be near impossible to stop the pancake from sticking to the griddle. This may lead to someone quitting pancakes because they’re too hard. No one should ever stop making pancakes for any reason. They’re too precious.

Using a non stick pan instead of oil will make a better looking pancake.

Aside from the pancakes sticking older pans will make an uneven pancake. Use a better pan without oil and you will have a beautifully even golden brown pancake.

The Simple Solution

The simple solution to this problem is to make sure you have a nice non-stick frying pan or griddle. They tend to go bad within three to five years so you might be due for a new one anyway. If you’re of the frugal type you can get by with using oil to coat the pan. Just be sure to do this before every flapjack!


For more information on making pancakes visit the Ultimate Pancake Guide.



The Pancake God

  1. Laureen E Williams left a comment on January 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    the secret that has worked for me is 1.a griddle pan that sits over 2 burners no cooking spray no oil on the pan no butter if you make your batter from scratch then add just a tablespoon of vegetable oil
    if you get a complete mix that you don’t have to add milk or eggs still add the tablespoon of oil
    if you get a mix usually you have to add oil
    but do not over beat again do not over beat
    make sure the 2 burners are on low to medium
    wait patience is the key to perfect pancakes

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