Blini (Russian Pancakes)


This blinchiki or blini recipe is a popular Russian dish widely consumed during the Maslenitsa festival. All kinds of sweet and savory fillings are possible. Don't worry if the first few don't turn out right; you'll get the hang of it.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
20 blinis


  • 4 ¼ cups milk

  • 5 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon citric acid powder

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • cup butter, divided


  1. Beat together milk and eggs in a large bowl until combined. Beat in sugar and salt. Mix in baking soda and citric acid until incorporated. Blend in flour, a little at a time, until combined. Beat in oil. Pour in boiling water, stirring constantly, until batter is thin and watery. Let rest for about 20 minutes.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Pick the pan up off the heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter while you rotate your wrist, tilting the pan, so batter forms a circle and coats the bottom. The blini should be very thin.

  3. Return the pan to the heat. Cook blini for 90 seconds. Carefully lift up edge of blini to see if it's fully cooked: edges will be golden and bottom surface should have brown spots. Flip blini over and cook for 1 minute more.

  4. Transfer blini to a plate lined with a clean kitchen towel. Continue cooking remaining batter, adding 1 tablespoon butter to the pan for every 4 blinis. Stack blinis and cover with another kitchen towel to keep warm.

  5. Spread desired filling in the center of each blini. Fold 3 times to make a triangle shape or fold up all 4 sides, like a small burrito.


You can fill the blinis with berries, chocolate sauce, cooked ground meat, or mashed potatoes with onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

525 Calories
26g Fat
57g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 525
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 303mg 6%

* 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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