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How to make crepes in a regular skillet

Step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make French-style crepes from scratch in a regular frying pan.  This easy crepe recipe has everything you need:  ingredients on how to make crepe batter, step-by-step photos, and detailed instructions for how to flip crepes, how to make sure they don't stick to the pan, etc. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 118 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for crepe batter in a large bowl and whisk the mixture until lumps dissolve.

  2. Heat frying pan until very hot (on high heat on stove top), spray it with oil spray and, using a soup ladle, pour small amount of batter into the frying pan as you roll the pan from side to side just enough to cover the bottom of the pan evenly with a thin layer of crepe batter. Depending on the size of your soup ladle, you could use a whole ladle-ful, or less. It also depends on the diameter of your skillet. The key is to cover the bottom of the pan with just a slightly thick layer of batter, don’t coat it too thickly, do it slowly. 

  3. Let this thin layer of crepe batter cook for 1, 2 or 3 minutes, depending on your pan. The subsequent crepes will require much less time to cook than the first crepe, as the pan heats up even more with each crepe. 

  4. After cooking the crepe batter on one side for 1 to 3 minutes, flip the crepe to the other side, using the metal spatula, and let it cook for another minute on the other side. This way, you cook each crepe 1-2 minutes on each side. 

  5. To flip the crepe, use the metal spatula and pick up the sides of the crepe around its circumference, gradually reaching towards the center of the crepe from all sides, until the crepe separates from the pan. 

  6. How to know when it’s time to flip the crepe? When you first pour the crepe batter, it will be wet in the frying pan but gradually bubbles will be forming and the crepe batter will start to get dry. When it’s all bubbles on top and no liquid crepe batter – it’s time to flip! You can see it on my photos above.

  7. Your subsequent crepes might require much less time to cook, and the more of them you have to make, the faster you will have to flip the crepes, because the frying pan will get more and more heated up. When you cook crepes, your stainless steel skillet is always on high heat. This will minimize sticking.  If you use non-stick, you can keep it on medium heat.

  8. As each crepe gets done, transfer it to the plate and add each new crepe on top of previous crepe in the stack. Sometimes I like to brush each crepe with softened butter and then top it with the next one.  It tastes really good, and also helps crepes not stick to one another. 

Nutrition Facts
How to make crepes in a regular skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.