Learn how to make these thin, crepe-like pancakes with step-by-step instructions. It’s our go-to blini recipe.
What is Blini?
Blini or blinchiki are thin pan-sized Russian pancakes. They are much thinner and wider than American-style pancakes but not as thin and wide as crepes.
They are tasty and versatile. Often served with sour cream and jam. Or stuffed with a sweet or a savory filling.
Today, I’m sharing a family-favorite sweet blini recipe. These are lightly sweetened, soft, and very delicate. We often enjoy them with maple syrup, fresh fruit, or a dollop of sour cream.
What Are Blinis Made Of?
Blinis are made of very basic ingredients. For this Russian blini recipe you will need the following ingredients:
- Milk, whole or 2%
- Cane sugar, or honey
- Kosher salt
- Baking soda
- Light olive oil, or refined coconut oil
- All-purpose flour
- Vanilla extract
You will also need a 10-inch non-stick skillet or a crepe pan and a flexible rubber turner. It makes flipping blini so easy!
How to Make Blinis
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and then add in the milk.
- Add sugar, salt, baking soda, olive oil, and butter. Whisk to combine. Gradually whisk in the flour.
- Continue to whisk until the flour is fully incorporated and no lumps are visible. Lastly, add in the vanilla extract. The batter should feel heavy and thick, similar to heavy cream.
- Heat a 10-inch non-stick skillet or a crepe pan over medium heat. Spray the pan lightly with non-stick oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the pan and swirl the pan to spread evenly.
- Cook for 30 seconds or until the edges are visible golden and lacy looking. Gently flip and cook for another 20 seconds or until the batter is set. Remove to a platter and repeat.
Blini are normally served immediately or at room temperature.
In our household, we enjoy them like American pancakes — with maple syrup and fresh fruit. But you can also enjoy blini with a variety of toppings, such as:
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Sour cream
- Whipped cream
- Drizzle of chocolate
- Nut butter
Leftover blini without any toppings will last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Keep them covered.
Reheat the blini, covered with foil, in a 325°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are warm. Or reheat in a microwave for a few minutes until warmed through.
Tips for Making Russian Blini
- Cook the blini on medium heat and adjust as needed later. If the heat is too high the blini will burn around the edges before they set on top. If the heat is too low then they are more prone to sticking.
- When you first pour the blini batter, it will be wet in the skillet but gradually the edges will set and bubbles will be forming in the middle and the blini will start to get dry. When no liquid batter is visible – it’s time to flip. If you flip too early, the blini will break.
- To flip the blini without breaking, loosen the edges with a rubber turner. Lift an edge with your finger as you glide the turner towards the center. Gently flip in one swift motion.
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- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Russian
These Russian crepes are so delicious and delicate! Learn how to master this family favorite recipe step by step.
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk, microwaved for 1 minute (you want the milk to be lukewarm)
- 1 Tbsp. cane sugar or honey
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. light olive oil or refined coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Non-stick cooking spray
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and then add milk.
- Add sugar, salt, baking soda, oil, and butter. Whisk to combine.
- Gradually whisk in the flour, and then the vanilla extract. The batter should be smooth without any visible lumps. It will feel heavy and thick, close to the consistency of heavy cream.
- Heat a crepe pan or a 10-inch non-stick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with a non-stick spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the pan and quickly swirl to spread evenly.
- Cook for 30 seconds or until the edges are visibly golden and lacy looking. The top will be dry without any visible liquid batter. Flip and cook for another 2o seconds or until just set. Remove to a platter. Continue making blini with the rest of the batter, adding more non-stick spray to the pan as needed to keep the blini from sticking. If the edges begin to brown too quickly, reduce the heat. Don’t worry, if the first blin is not the prettiest –it happens to all of us. You should get around 14 blinis.
- Oil: Make sure to use a neutral-tasting oil, such as light olive oil (not extra-virgin) or refined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has no distinct coconut taste or aroma, whereas, virgin or unrefined does.
- Leftovers: Leftover blini without any toppings will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Enjoy them cold, at room temperature, or lightly warmed in a microwave. You can also warm the blini in the oven at low temperature, which is a great option if you have a lot of leftovers.
- Serving Size: 2-3
- Calories: 225
- Sugar: 7.3 g
- Sodium: 224.9 mg
- Fat: 11.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Protein: 7.5 g
- Cholesterol: 82.3 mg
Keywords: russian pancakes, russian crepes
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Thank you so much for the Blini recipe. I love to eat them with sour cream. Luba
I use gluten-free flour and make no other adjustments and these turn out perfectly. Thank you!
That’s great to know! Thanks for the feedback.
Please let me know the brend of GF flours.
I tried so many GF.. none works for crepes ..
This is a recipe for blinchiki, not blini. Blini is a yeast-based dough, blinchiki have no yeast. Blini are traditionally made for Maslenitsa before Russian Orthodox Great Lent.
Makes perfect Blini! Almost fool proof! Thank you for this amazing recipe and the tricks and tips. I enjoyed eating blini when I lived in Estonia and Latvia and when I visited Russia. We had ours with Mornay sauce flavored with Gruyere, garlic, mined white onion, nutmeg and dill. (Next time we’re going to put a little smoke salmon on top of that one!) Then we made homemade apple cider syrup with whipped topping and blackberries for the sweet ones. Absolute heaven! Thank you again.
Loved this recipe easy and tastes amazing
Can they be made without eggs?
You need eggs for these to work.
My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
Thank you for sharing the recipe. The crepes taste yummy but I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to flip the crepes because I am struggling with it and when I flip they break. Also – do you spray cooking oil before each crepe?
A really thin spatula works the best for flipping.
Hi there, how much milk is in the recipe? 2 or 2,5 cups of milk? Also hard to understand for the 2 and 3 times the recipe.
There’s 2 1/2 cups of milk
This was absolutely delicious, and super easy! Russian boyfriend requested blini, and it’s now going into our Sunday morning breakfast rotation as a staple. He got sweetened condensed milk and lingonberry jam to go with it 🙂
Awesome! Sweetened condensed milk is definitely a Russian thing 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it!
Love this recipe
Oh my goodness, these were so good! Once we got the hang of making them, they looked beautiful and tasted amazing! Thank you for sharing!
Can you put fruit on them before folding so they are sort of “stuffed”?
You certainly can.
wow. I am 60+, raised in Moscow, American for 40 years, and had never dared making it myself, not being an accomplished cook. Each recipe looked harder the one before, but this – a miracle! Thank you!
My batter looks liquadey! Should I add more flower??
It should be pretty liquidy. What type of milk did you use?
Im a sucker for crepes and this is a wonderful recipe!
I follow this recipe all the time. However I have stopped eating this because I’m diagnosed with diabetes and don’t know the nutrition facts for your recipe. What’s the calorie/carb content of this one crepe?
Thank you so much Sandra! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂
the recipe does not say whether you flip them over? unless I missed something
In step #5 you’ll want to flip the crepes.
that looks sooo good!! you make me hungry!
Olga you will enjoy these! I promise. We have them almost every weekend 🙂