Syrniki, or Russian pancakes based on dry cottage cheese – are a popular dish of Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian cuisine. Name of pancakes is coming from Russian “syr”, which meant “cottage cheese” in the old times and nowadays means “cheese”. Syrniki are traditionally served with sour cream. However, sometimes it is also served with honey or jam, preferably homemade. A perfect and fast dish for breakfast.

So lets get cracking and make this delicious dish right away!

Syrniki (Russian pancakes based on cottage cheese)
Syrniki by CRAVEmonkey


  • 500g of dry cottage cheese – we prefer Italian type of dry cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tbs of flour
  • 1,5 tbs of Sugar
  • Vanilla sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Serve with: honey / jam / sour cream / fresh strawberries or blueberries


  1. Place cottage cheese in a bowl.
  2. Crush the cheese with a fork at but leave small clumps. It is important to leave the original cottage cheese structure.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla sugar (we suggest trying the mixture to make sure it is sweet enough for you if not add more sugar).
  4. Pour in the eggs, then add salt and flour. It is important that after adding the flour the dough still has the structure (little cottage cheese lumps). When adding flour, do not knead the dough, just join the ingredients with a fork or spoon.
  5. Heat the pan. Add coconut oil (we like to use coconut oil, cause it has no taste or smell).
  6. Make small fritters without kneading the dough.
  7. Fry them until golden.

Serve with honey or jam or fruit. Originally it often is served with sour cream. Enjoy!