Basic Crêpes


This simple but delicious crêpe recipe can be made in minutes from ingredients that everyone has on hand.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 crêpes

Are you intimidated by the thought of making crêpes at home? Don't be! This crêpe recipe yields perfectly delicate, tender results every time.

What Is a Crêpe?

Crêpes are very thin pancakes. They can be served with a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings and toppings. The breakfast staple dates back to at least 13th-century France.

plates of Basic Crepes topped with whipped cream and berries
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How to Make Crêpes

Making homemade crêpes is easier than you think. You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What Are Crêpes Made Of?

Crêpes are easy to make with basic ingredients you likely already have on hand:

· Flour: These basic French crêpes start with a cup of all-purpose flour.
· Eggs: Eggs act as a binder, which means they help hold the batter together.
· Milk: Milk adds moisture and keeps the crêpes tender.
· Water: Water helps thin the batter.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor.
· Butter: Butter lends richness and moisture to the crêpes.

How to Make Crêpes At Home

Here's a very brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade crêpes:

1. Whisk the flour and eggs.
2. Gradually add the milk and water.
3. Scoop the batter onto a hot griddle.
4. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom.
5. Flip and continue cooking until done on both sides.

Crêpe Filling Ideas

You can fill and top your crêpes with whatever you like! Popular choices include whipped cream, fresh fruit, fruit sauce, cream cheese, and chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella). You can also make savory crepes with cheese, meats, and veggies.

a plate of four crepes folded into quarters, dusted with powdered sugar with sliced strawberries on the side

How to Serve Crêpes

A fun way to serve crêpes: Set up a crêpe bar where everyone can assemble their own creations with whatever toppings and fillings they want!

How to Store Crêpes

Stack the crepes with wax paper in between each layer. Place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag, then store in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can freeze the crêpes for up to two months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This by far is the best crêpes recipe I tried," raves one Allrecipes community member. "I love crêpes, I am used to the real deal and this is it. I strongly recommend not to make them thick, just remember that you are making crêpes not pancakes."

"Such an easy recipe that you can doctor up any way you want," according to Sarah "Wilson" Arnold. "I followed the recipe, only added a bit of sugar and vanilla and they are perfect!"

"Love these and so easy," says Kimberly Kays. "I served them with Greek yogurt, honey, and blueberries."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Whisk flour and eggs together in a large mixing bowl; gradually add in milk and water, stirring to combine. Add salt and melted butter; beat until smooth.

  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crêpe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

  3. Cook until the top of the crêpe is no longer wet and the bottom has turned light brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Run a spatula around the edge of the skillet to loosen the crêpe; flip and cook until the other side has turned light brown, about 1 minute more. Serve hot.

    an overhead view of two plates of Basic Crepes topped with fresh creams and mixed berries
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Once you've mastered this basic recipe, try your hand at a crêpe cake!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 115mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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