How to Make Homemade Crepes

February 14, 2024

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make homemade crepes, this is such an easy recipe to follow! Once they’re made, fill the crepes with an endless amount of sweet and savory fillings!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  What better day to publish a romantic, French recipe than on Valentine’s Day!  So today I’m sharing a super simple recipe for homemade crepes.  About a month or so ago, I rediscovered a griddle style cast iron pan shoved in the back of our cabinet.  I cleaned it up, reseasoned it, and immediately decided to make crepes.

I had never made crepes before.  In fact, I always found them to be intimidating.  In actuality, the only intimidating part about making crepes is that they cook quickly.  But they’re incredibly easy to make and kind of fun!  And when you’re done, you’re left with a plate of delicious crepes that can be filled with all sorts of yummy things!

After I had shared my first run with crepe making on social media, my sister mentioned that she’d like to make them.  So she came over last week and we whipped up a fresh batch of homemade crepes.

Then, we filled them with all sorts of delicious sweet and savory fillings.  Not only was it a great excuse to hang out with my sister and baby nephew, but we had a delicious lunch, too!

How to Make Homemade Crepes

All you need to make homemade crepes are a handful of ingredients – flour, eggs, milk, water, butter, and salt.  Work quickly to spread the batter and flip the crepes.  Then, serve warm with a variety of fillings.

Crepe batter in a metal mixing bowl with a metal whisk in bowl.

First, we need to whip up our batter.  We are going to whisk the flour and eggs together in a mixing bowl.  The mixture will be thick to start, but then we’re going to gradually whisk in the milk and water until combined.

Now, add the salt and gradually pour in the melted butter.  Once everything is combined you’ll be left with a thin batter.

Cast iron griddle pan with crepe batter being spooned on with a small metal ladle. Plate of cooked crepes sits in background.

Lightly oil a griddle pan (you can also use a large skillet) and heat over medium-high heat.  When the pan is nice and hot, spoon the batter with a small ladle onto the center of the pan.  Carefully and quickly spread it out into a thin layer.

Once the top of the crepe starts to cook, flip the crepe and cook the other side completely.  Each side should only take 1-2 minutes to lightly brown.

Serve the crepes warm with a variety of your favorite fillings.

How to Make Homemade Crepes

How to Make Homemade Crepes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsps. butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour and eggs in a mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add the milk and water.
  3. Then, add the salt and gradually whisk in the melted butter.
  4. Once batter is combined, lightly oil a griddle pan or skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Spoon a thin layer of batter onto the griddle. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and lightly browned.
  6. Serve crepes warm with your choice of sweet and savory fillings.
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If you need a bit of inspiration when it comes to fillings, I’ve created a list of some of my favorite sweet and savory fillings + a few I totally need to try!

Sweet Crepe Filling Ideas

  • Nutella and strawberries
  • Nutella and bananas
  • Peanut butter and bananas
  • Whipped cream and berries
  • Salted caramel and bananas
  • Apple pie filling and cinnamon
  • Sweetened cream cheese and blueberries
  • Marshmallow spread and chocolate sauce
  • Cottage cheese and fresh fruit

Savory Crepe Filling Ideas

  • Spinach, mushrooms, and cheese
  • Spinach, prosciutto, Swiss cheese, and balsamic glaze
  • Strawberries, spinach, prosciutto, and balsamic glaze
  • Ham and Swiss or cheddar cheese
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and everything seasoning
  • Bacon, arugula, and mushrooms
  • Tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze
  • Grilled vegetables

How to Store Leftover Crepes

How good do those combos sound?  And if you’re left with leftover crepes, let them cool completely.  Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge up to 5 days.  Reheat in a skillet to warm.

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