How to Make Crepes

These homemade crepes are ultra thin and delicate with the most buttery crisp edges. Easy to make with just a blender and regular skillet, they’re ready for your choice of sweet or savory fillings and toppings. No special pans required for these French-style pancakes. And, best part of all, you only need 8 basic ingredients!

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Have you ever made these before? Though it may seem complicated, making restaurant-quality crepes at home isn’t very difficult. Today I’m walking you through the entire process including crucial success tips, the best 8 ingredients to use, why I use a blender, and a multitude of filling ideas.

I began making these a few years ago, have eaten my fair share at cafes, restaurants, and catered events, and have learned A LOT along the way. My recipe hasn’t changed, but my method has improved. Consider this your Ultimate Guide to Crepes!


What Are Crepes?

Crepes are thin and delicate French-style pancakes made without any leavener. When made correctly, they’re as thin as lace with irresistible buttery crisp edges. Crepes are popular at restaurants and catered events and I’ve even seen crepe stations at wedding receptions, too! Though they’re usually a breakfast or brunch option, crepes are welcome any time of day including dinner or dessert. Filled with anything from whipped cream and berries to meats, sauce, and vegetables, crepes aren’t picky about when you enjoy them. 😉

Crepe recipes vary, but most include flour, liquid (milk and/or water), and salt. Restaurants usually make them with a specialty pan, but a regular skillet works in any home kitchen.

Why are they a favorite? Crepes are popular because their versatility makes them FUN to eat. Rolled up or folded, you can stuff and top them with virtually anything. Nutella, whipped cream, and berries is a common choice, but savory fillings work just as well. Fold or roll them up and enjoy trying a variety of fillings and flavors. You’re definitely not limited!

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Crepes Video Tutorial


Overview: How to Make Crepes

  1. Melt the butter: Melt some butter in the microwave or on the stove. Let it cool for a few minutes before using in the batter. (Otherwise you could scramble the eggs.)
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender: Add the cooled melted butter and all the remaining ingredients into a blender. A blender works WONDERFULLY to smooth out the batter because it cuts that flour perfectly into all the wet ingredients. If you don’t have a blender, just use a mixing bowl and whisk. I use my Ninja blender. (affiliate link*)
  3. Chill the batter: Chill the crepe batter for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking it. This time in the refrigerator is crucial to the taste, texture, and success of your crepes. Use this time to clean up and get your skillet ready. You can even chill the batter overnight so it’s ready to cook the next day.
  4. Butter & heat a small skillet: Generously butter the pan and keep butter nearby for greasing the pan between each crepe too. Though professional chefs may use a specialty crepe pan, I find a small 8-inch skillet (affiliate link*) works perfectly at home. If you don’t have a small skillet, use a larger one but make sure you keep the crepes THIN.
  5. Cook crepes one at a time: The longest part of this recipe is standing over the stove and cooking them one at a time over medium heat. Use only 3-4 Tablespoons of batter per crepe. (I usually use 3 Tablespoons.) The less you use and the larger you stretch the crepe, the thinner they’ll be. As you can see in my video tutorial above, I twirl the pan so the batter stretches as far as it can go. If you don’t do this, your crepes will be pretty thick and taste like tortillas. Still delicious, but very different. Flip the crepe over and cook the other side, too.
  6. Serve with favorite fillings: I love serving them warm with cold whipped cream and fresh berries. Keep scrolling because I have lots of filling ideas listed for you below.

How to Make Crepes Ahead of Time

You can make the crepe batter up to 1 day in advance. Seal tightly in your blender or pour into a mixing bowl and cover tightly, then prepare crepes the next day. Crepes are best enjoyed right away, but you can make a batch and store in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. Reheat in the microwave or arrange on a lined baking sheet (they can overlap). Cover with aluminum foil and warm in a 275°F (135°C) degree oven for 10 minutes. You can also freeze crepes– see instructions below.

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Key Ingredients

The recipe is written out below, but it’s important you understand why each ingredient is used. This is a delicate batter, so substitutions aren’t recommended.

  • Unsalted Butter: Butter is a key ingredient. Have extra butter handy for the skillet.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Flour is another key ingredient, providing the overall structure. I haven’t tried any successful gluten free alternatives, but let me know if you do!
  • Granulated Sugar: These are lightly sweetened– you only need 1 Tablespoon.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt adds flavor.
  • Whole Milk & Water: Crepe batter needs liquid. Using all water created a limp and lacking crepe, while using all milk created a heavy crepe. For the best texture, use a mix of both. Trust me.
  • Eggs: As they do in pancake batter, eggs provide structure and bind all the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds flavor– you’ll definitely smell the vanilla as you cook these on the stove! Feel free to leave it out if you make savory style crepes.

By themselves, crepes aren’t heavily flavored at all. That’s why the texture is crucial (keep them thin!).

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Crepes Success Tips

  1. Chill the batter: I mentioned this above and include it in the written recipe below, but it’s definitely worth repeating. One secret to the BEST crepes is to chill the crepe batter for at least 30-60 minutes and up to 1 day. This time in the refrigerator enhances the batter’s flavor and, more importantly, gives the flour a chance to fully hydrate.
  2. Butter the pan between each crepe: The best part of crepes is the thin, delicate, and buttery crisp edges. To achieve this, butter the pan between EACH crepe. Sounds like a pain, but just grab a stick of butter and coat the pan before adding more batter. You won’t regret it.
  3. Twirl the pan: Pour the batter into the center of the hot and buttered pan. Lift the pan up and twirl it so the batter stretches as far out as it can go. (The thinner the crepe, the better texture it has– trust me.) This crucial technique is much easier than it sounds and you can watch me do it in the video tutorial above.

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Crepe Fillings & Toppings

Crepes are a blank canvas for many different fillings and toppings. Though I’m all about going overboard with toppings like Nutella & bananas or apple pie filling & melted peanut butter, sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple! Pictured is my favorite whipped cream flavored with fresh orange juice. Throw in a splash of orange liqueur if you have some lying around, too. Whip into medium peaks before filling or topping your crepes. I also serve these with tons of fresh berries. Lightly sweetened, the burst of fruit and citrus is a welcome refresher! With such a simple accompaniment, the crepes themselves truly shine.

Plenty more crepe filling inspiration for you:

  1. Strawberry Sauce
  2. Lemon Curd & Fresh Berries
  3. Blueberry Sauce from Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake
  4. Whipped Cream
  5. Peanut Butter or Nutella & Sliced Banana
  6. Chocolate Ganache
  7. Pastry Cream from Boston Cream Pie
  8. Salted Caramel
  9. Cheesecake Batter from No Bake Cheesecake Jars
  10. Homemade Pesto & Sautéed Veggies (mushrooms, spinach, peppers)
  11. Ricotta, Chive, & Smoked Salmon
  12. Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, & Sliced Tomato
  13. Scrambled Eggs, Cooked Ham, and a drizzle of hollandaise
  14. Cooked Chicken, Broccoli, & Cheddar

Or try the always delicious Crepes Suzette! Let me know what you try first.

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Homemade Crepes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 14 crepes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: French

Description

This basic crepe recipe is perfect for your favorite crepe fillings and toppings. Before beginning, watch the helpful video tutorial above and read the instructions and recipe notes below.


Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, plus 3-4 more Tablespoons for the pan
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk, at room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) room temperature water
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Review my success tips and watch my video above before beginning.
  2. Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in the microwave or on the stove. Cool for about 5 minutes before using in the next step. The remaining butter is for the skillet.
  3. Combine the cooled melted butter, flour, sugar, salt, milk, water, eggs, and vanilla to a blender or large food processor.  If you don’t have a blender or food processor, use a large mixing bowl and whisk by hand. Blend on medium-high speed for 20-30 seconds until everything is combined. The mixture will be silky smooth and the consistency of cream. Cover the blender tightly or pour into a medium bowl, cover tightly, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes and up to 1 day.
  4. Cook the crepes: Use the remaining butter for greasing the pan between each crepe. Place an 8-inch skillet over medium heat and generously grease it with some of the reserved butter. If you don’t have a skillet this size, use a larger one but make sure you keep the crepes thin. Once the skillet is hot, pour 3-4 Tablespoons (closer to 3 is best) of batter into the center of the pan. Tilt/twirl the pan so the batter stretches as far as it will go. The thinner the crepe, the better the texture. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip as soon as the bottom is set. Don’t wait too long to flip crepes or else they will taste rubbery. Cook the other side for 30 seconds until set. Transfer the cooked crepe to a large plate and repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to butter the pan between each crepe. If desired, separate each crepe with parchment paper so they do not stick together. Though, if using enough butter in your pan, the crepes won’t stick.
  5. Fill the crepes. I love serving them warm, but they’re excellent at room temperature too. See my filling suggestions above this recipe or my recipe notes below. Place a few spoonfuls of your filling ingredient(s) in the center of the crepe. Fold both sides over the filling. Crepes are delicious with toppings, too, such as a drizzle of melted chocolate, melted peanut butter, or a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Or a savory sauce like pesto or hollandaise.
  6. Leftover unfilled crepes remain fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day or in the freezer for 1 month. Freeze each between small sheets of parchment paper so they don’t stick. (I usually layer them with parchment and freeze in a large zipped-top bag.) Thaw at room temperature before filling/enjoying. See reheating instructions in my Make Ahead Instructions recipe note below.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Batter can be made the night before. Seal tightly in your blender or pour into a mixing bowl and cover tightly, then prepare crepes the next day. Crepes are best enjoyed right away, but you can make a batch and store in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. Reheat in the microwave or arrange on a lined baking sheet (they can overlap). Cover with aluminum foil and warm in a 275°F (135°C) degree oven for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Keep Warm As You Cook: The radiant heat from each crepe piled on top of one another keeps them all warm as you cook the remaining batter. If the crepes have gotten cold, place a water-moistened damp paper towel over the plate of crepes and microwave for 30 seconds. I find keeping them in a warm oven the entire time you’re cooking the rest quickly dries them out.
  3. Special Tools (affiliate links): I recommend a blender or food processor for the batter. I use my Ninja blender. Though professional chefs may use a specialty crepe pan, I find a small 8 inch skillet works perfectly. If you don’t have a skillet this size, use a larger one but make sure you keep the crepes thin with close to 1/4 cup of batter per crepe. For a spatula, I prefer using a silicone spatula. The thinner the spatula, the easier the crepes flip.
  4. Crepe Fillings: My pictured crepes are filled with lightly sweetened orange whipped cream. To make the whipped cream, add 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice and, if desired, 1 Tablespoon orange liqueur (alcohol is optional) to my whipped cream recipe. Whipped cream recipe instructions remain the same. Serve with fresh berries, orange zest, and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top. Or use any fillings/toppings you desire. See a list of suggestions above this recipe.
  5. Milk: I prefer whole milk in the crepe batter. For a richer tasting crepe, half-and-half or heavy cream work too. 2% is OK, but I wouldn’t use lower fat milks. Any low fat or full fat nondairy milk works too.
  6. Savory Crepes: The recipe as written will work for savory crepes, but I usually leave out the vanilla extract and add a pinch of ground black pepper. Feel free to add a Tablespoon of your favorite dried herb to the batter, too.
  7. Adapted from Kraft

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333 Comments

  1. This looks so easy and delicious. Can’t wait to try it on my own! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  2. Hey Sally!

    Have you tried flipping your crepes by throwing them in the air (gently) and letting them land on the other side? In France, everyone making crepes in a pan uses that method. It’s very easy and never fail even for a completely clumsy person like me.

    1. I have never tried it for the sole reason of FEAR! I’m always scared I would completely ruin the crepe! But if it’s a no fail for you, I think I should give it a try Elizabeth!

      1. If the crepe is perfectly cooked on one side (it doesn’t stick to the pan at all), you should have no problem flipping it by throwing it. Three things can happen :
        – you do not throw the crepe high enough and it lands on the same side: you just have to start over
        – you throw it just right and it lands on the other side
        – you throw it too high and it will rotate several times in the air before landing in the pan (some of my friends have fun doing that!)

        The only way you could ruin the crepe if it landed on the floor instead of in the pan but it only happens if you’re really careless.

    2. Theresa Windsperger says:

      These are so good & so easy to make – MUCH easier than I expected! I filled mine with peanut butter mousse & drizzled them with chocolate ganache.. #OhMyYum

      1. Oh my yum is right! So happy you enjoyed these, Theresa!

  3. Do you recommend the crepe with nutella instead of the cream?

    1. Anything you like, really! Both are delicious.

    2. Melissa Downie says:

      Thank you for a wonderful recipe, Sally! I made these tonight for dessert with a lightly sweetened whipped cream, banana slices and some drizzled caramel for hubby and I. My family and I loved them so much. They were light and had an amazing flavour and texture.
      I did flip them which I found easy once it started to get a bit crisp on the outside. Can’t wait to try other variations.

      1. What a delicious combination, Melissa! Thrilled they were a hit with your family 🙂

  4. Hi, Sally!
    After reading through a bunch of your recipes and trying out a few at home, it didn’t take me very long to become a huge fan! I admire your true commitment to testing out your recipes until you have them just right, and then sharing it once it’s perfected for everyone to try! (<- I’m sure you might have heard that countless times. But, hey, it’s the truth!) You're amazing for that! And everything you share looks absolutely delicious! I’m excited to try some more of your recipes and share what I make with the family.
    I shared your website with my sister too and she’s also excited to try more recipes. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve slept over at her house just so we could bake up a storm together! I’ve never baked so much in my entire life and I love it! Thank you for sharing all of your awesomeness!!

    Also, I think it’s hilarious how I’ll mention you as if you’re a friend that I just met up with (e.g. someone will ask me where I got the recipe and I’ll say “I got it from Sally again! ” or in the middle of baking with my sister, I’ll say “Sally said to/not to do it this way because so and so and what not and so forth.”) LOL

    But, with all of that being said (goodness, I was not expecting to write that much), I have a question for your crepe recipe. Is there a possibility that I could use salted butter instead of unsalted butter for this? Or would that completely throw things off?

    1. Carissa, thanks for reading my blog and loving my recipes! And coming back for more. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know about it! Salted butter would be just fine here! I personally never detect a taste difference at all.

  5. Hi Sally! If I melt a chocolate bar, can I use it as filling, or will it be too liquid-y? If so, what do you suggest?

    Thanks!

    1. A melted chocolate bar inside would be delicious, Ellie! Go for it.

  6. Hi Sally
    I want to male crepes for my mom for after her surgery. I was wondering if instead of using whole milk could I use 2% milk? Also have you ever made nutella crepes? If you have do you know whether you put the nutella in while the crepes are cooking or after? Thanks!

    1. Hi Rachel! So sweet of you 🙂 You can use 2% in these. Yes, I’ve made nutella crepes before. I just spread Nutella on the crepes once they are done cooking, then fold up.

  7. Yum! Can’t wait to give these a try; they look delicious! 🙂

  8. Hi Sally…I always look forward each month to your new challenges and have tons of fun trying each one. I am really excited about trying these crepes and surprising my family with a new brunch item. Thanks, as always, for the awesome recipes!

  9. Hi Sally, crepes were my father’s favorite breakfast, always served with elderberry jam we had to go to the local farm stand to buy! My dad passed away when I was a teenager and I haven’t had crepes in ages. I was always too intimidated to try making them on my own, but you make it seem so easy I’m going to have to do this! Hopefully my teenage boys and husband will love them as much as my dad did, and I can carry on the tradition. Thank you for this recipe!

    1. What sweet memories, Catherine- that elderberry jam sounds incredible. I hope you’ll give them a try!

  10. Loved this recipe! Once my pan got nice and hot they were perfect

    1. Thanks for your positive feedback, Kelsey!

  11. Chelsy Millsaps says:

    So fantastic, the whole family loved it!! I use the mascarpone filling from Sally’s fruit tart and topped it with strawberries and Nutella!!

    1. What a delicious combination, Chelsy! Thrilled your family loved these 🙂

  12. Denise Henderson says:

    Very easy and delicious. The smell of vanilla saturates the air as you fry them! Looking forward to trying a savory side as well. I made these just whisking in a bowl.

    1. So happy you loved these, Denise!

  13. Lee Rosenthal says:

    Whole wheat crepes? What would you adjust if you used white whole wheat flour?

    1. Hi Lee! You can use white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour with no other substitutions or changes.

  14. Thank you.

  15. Betsy In The Kitchen says:

    Amazing…that’s how my crepes turned out. This was my first time making crepes and Sally’s recipe and directions were so helpful! I watched the video first which helped me create the perfect crepe! I had left over custard and filled the crepes with custard, strawberries and blueberries. Yum!

    1. I’m so happy you were able to try something new, Betsy! Thrilled you had great success making crepes for the first time!!

  16. Do you need a non-stick skillet? I only have stainless steel skillets.

    1. You really don’t need a non-stick skillet. You’ll butter it between each crepe.

  17. Just made these!! Amazing!! So excited to enter the challenge.

    1. Thank you for participating this month, Abby! Thrilled you loved these 🙂

  18. Do you think these would turn out with almond milk? It’s the only milk we ever have in our fridge, lol. I’m thinking my 2 and a half year old little girl is going to love these one night for dinner!

    1. Oh! Also, I need to make something for my sister’s daughter’s baptism party next month. We’re going to be godparents but we live about an hour away from them. Do you think this would be something I could make the day before and reheat the next day after church for brunch for their party? I always make creme brûlée french toast (so good but I’m so sick of it because we all now make it for every type of holiday and shower and brunch thing) but I’m thinking a crepes bar where everyone can assemble their own would be so fun!

      1. Hi Holly, you can use almond milk if needed, yes. Though they definitely taste best freshly made, you can make the crepes ahead. See my make ahead instructions. You can also prep the batter ahead, too!

  19. Sheila Calnan says:

    Made these for dinner last night. So good and so easy. Had a little bit of cream cheese and ricotta left so mixed them together with a spoon of sour cream and some honey. Topped with some homemade jam. Next time something savory.

    1. What a delicious filling combination! Thanks for your positive feedback, Sheila!

  20. We were in France and they fill crepes with Nutella and a sliced banana then top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate. Delicious! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  21. Excited to try this recipe…it’s been years since I’ve made them. I love all your filling suggestions! Thanks for another great challenge;)

  22. These were delicious! It took me a couple times to get the hang of it but then it was super easy! I filled mine with cherry pie filling and apple pie filling (from the can, just heated it up) as well as a whipped cream cheese mousse. This will def be added to my rotation for meals!

    1. So happy you enjoyed this recipe, Brittany! Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  23. My great grandmother and my Mom called them norwegian pancakes. To this day our favorite fillings is still bacon and sausage links. On occasion, homemade strawberry jam too. Yours look delicious! Tempted to try some of your fillings!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Jill

  24. Kessa Thomas says:

    Another winning recipe! This was so easy to follow and resulted in delicious crepes! I did replace 1 tsp of the vanilla extract with almond, but that’s just because we really love almond flavor in my household. I made a strawberries and cream crepe, but look forward to trying different variations!

    1. Delicious!! So happy they were a hit 🙂

  25. Carrie Schimelpfenig says:

    These were so easy to make and delicious! We made the orange whipped cream and had fresh berries and had some with nutella, so good!

    1. What a delicious combination, Carrie! YUM!

  26. Pat Carroll Weidknecht says:

    Yay!! Crepes are a favorite (both sweet and savory). Favorite dessert is fill with ice cream, roll up, then pour warm bananas foster over the top. Question though: You chill your batter and I was taught to leave it out, covered, for two hours. I will try your way this weekend, but wondering why the different procedures.

    1. Hi Pat! I’ve never made crepes that way before, so I can’t comment on the difference but I know that cold batter doesn’t (1) brown as quickly or unevenly and (2) yield quite as greasy crepes. I would love to test out your method sometime though!

  27. Your crepes look so delicious, Sally! But mine didn’t turn out that great – I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong! I used every ingredient you did (minus the vanilla because I want it to be savoury), blended it, chilled it for 40 minutes, put in butter to grease the pan, and tried to cook them. But they just didn’t work – I tried a 9-inch pan, and swirled it, but my crepes look pretty bad. How much butter do I use to grease the pan? And how do I determine when my pan is hot enough/too hot? Also, what do you use to flip your crepes? Sorry for so many questions, I just really want to get them right – at the moment they taste great but the texture is really rubbery.

    1. Hi Gemma! I’m happy to help. If they taste rubbery, it’s likely the cooking process and that the crepes are too thick. Make sure you’re using very little batter per crepe. Butter the pan until it’s fully coated. I use a silicone spatula to flip the crepes and you can see how I do that in the video tutorial. (Very easy once the bottom has set!) Avoid over-cooking the crepes, too. They really don’t need long!

  28. Hi Sally ! I’m french and I have tried this recipe : your crepes are good, they taste like crepes (ofcourse!) and they are really pretty. The flaky edges are really good, and the taste is perfect. I want to join your challenge and I will soon post my picture. Hope you will see it !

    1. I’m so happy you loved them, Emilie! Thrilled you’re going to participate in the challenge this month 🙂

  29. If you want to try a British favourite, sprinkle the crepe with some granulated sugar and splash liberally with lemon juice!

  30. I made these for my fiance’s birthday and they were DEEEEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS!!! Probably the best crepe recipe I’ve ever made. I only make crepes for special occasions and this recipe made it even more special. It will now be my go-to recipe. I did use almond milk as my fiancé is lactose-intolerant and he said they were the best he’s ever had. Thank you for the amazing recipe Sally. You really are the best!

    1. What a delicious birthday treat! I’m so glad you both enjoyed these 🙂

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