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Blini - Traditional Russian Pancakes

These traditional Russian pancakes are made both with sweet (strawberry or any other jam) and savory (smoked salmon, caviar, sour cream) toppings!
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 162kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe



  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) milk
  • ¾ cup (100g) all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • butter , for frying


  • sour cream
  • caviar
  • smoked salmon
  • dill
  • fruit preserves I used strawberry jam but you can use any jam you like


  • Beat together the eggs, milk and salt. Add the flour and beat again with a mixer. The batter should be thin.
  • Butter a frying pan over medium-high heat (the size of the pancakes depends on the size of your pan. If you want them smaller, take a smaller pan and so on). Pick the pan up off the heat. Pour in a ladle of batter tilting and rotating the pan to spread it evenly. Return to the heat.
  • Cook until the edges are crisp looking and the center of the pancake looks dry. Carefully flip the pancake over and cook for about 1 minute on the other side.
  • Transfer to a plate. Continue cooking blini, stacking them on top of each other.
  • For the savory version, top with sour cream and caviar, or with the smoked salmon and dill. You can either fold a pancake in half, then in half again (to form a triangle) and put a filling on top, or roll them into a stuffed tube. For the sweet version use any jam you like, or put some honey on top. Enjoy!


Calories: 162kcal