Fluffy Blini Recipe

Technically speaking, blini is the Russian word for pancakes. In Russia and Ukraine though, the term describes thin, pan-size pancakes — crêpes, essentially — with the word blinchiki (little pancakes), on the other hand, referring to this small, fluffy variety. Here in the U.S., however, blini has come to imply the latter. Most commonly, these are small, two-bite pancakes that are often paired with crème fraîche and caviar or smoked salmon, or sour cream and honey or jam.

This delicious treat can be both sweet (for breakfast), or savory (as an hors d'oeuvre). The recipe below, from Ukrainian-born Alexandra Shytsman of the blog The New Baguette, can be used for both applications. If you plan to serve these as savory, just skip the vanilla. If you do serve them as sweet treats, definitely add the vanilla, and consider opting for honey as a serving side. Whichever way you serve these blini, you're sure to love the light, fluffy, and delicate flavors, whether they be savory or sweet.

Gather the ingredients for this fluffy blini recipe

To get started, you'll need all-purpose flour, eggs, milk (dairy or plant-based), sugar, salt, baking powder, and some neutral oil for frying. The secret to these blini's fluff factor is sour cream. While most of the recipes you'll find use just milk in the batter, the acidity of the sour cream combined with the baking powder helps the batter puff up. The extra fat in sour cream also lends a rich, luxurious taste.

Combine the dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Then whisk to incorporate everything evenly and set aside.

Combine the wet ingredients

Next, in a separate bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, milk, and vanilla (if going the sweet route). Beat the mixture really well to ensure the eggs are completely broken up.

Finish the batter

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the egg mixture into the flour mixture and fold just until there are no large lumps of flour left. Be careful not to overmix! Otherwise, you'll end up with tough, gummy blini.

Cook the blini

Heat up a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Working in batches, portion the batter into small pancakes. Cook until golden on the — 3 to 4 minutes — then flip and cook the other side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined platter to drain excess oil.

Now, you're ready to serve and enjoy the blini. Keep things savory with sour cream, or sweeten it up a bit with applesauce, honey, or jam.

Fluffy Blini Recipe
4.9 from 16 ratings
These fluffy blini are kind of like little pancakes, and you can enjoy them sweet or savory.
Prep Time
Cook Time
blini on oval platter
Total time: 25 minutes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup milk
  • neutral oil, for frying
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, milk, and vanilla, if using.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold with a rubber spatula just until there are no large lumps of flour left; do not overmix.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom. Working in batches, portion the batter into the skillet to make 2- to 3-inch blini. Fry until golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for another 2 minutes.
  5. Serve with sour cream, honey, or jam.
Calories per Serving 134
Total Fat 8.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 41.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Total Sugars 1.8 g
Sodium 101.6 mg
Protein 2.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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