How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Self-Rising Flour
Self-Rising Flour. Alberto Guglielmi/Blend Images/Getty Images
  • Prep Time
    2 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    2 min
  • Yield

Lots of southern recipes call for self-rising flour -- biscuits, fried chicken, pancakes, cakes ... and the list goes on. If you're out of self-rising flour, or you're not able to find it in your area, you can make it yourself in two minutes or less. Just grab some all-purpose flour and a couple other ingredients from your pantry, and you'll be half way there.

Here's how easy it is to make self-rising flour.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


1. Combine all of the ingredients. Then, use a whisk or flour sifter to mix them thoroughly.

2. Use right away, or store in an air-tight container for later use. Your homemade self-rising flour will keep for months. Be sure to label the container, so you don't mix it up with another flour.

Want to Make a Bigger Batch?

Just double, triple or quadruple the recipe to create as much self-rising flour as you need.

Here are some measurements to get you started:

For two cups flour - add 1 Tbsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt
For three cups flour - add 1-1/2 Tbsp baking powder and 1-1/2 tsp salt
For four cups flour - add 2 Tbsp baking powder and 2 tsp salt
For five cups flour - add 2-1/2 Tbsp baking powder and 2-1/2 tsp salt
For six cups flour - add 3 Tbsp baking powder and 3 tsp salt

Good to Know

The self-rising flour you buy at the store tends to be made with soft wheat, which has a lower protein than the hard wheat used to make all-purpose flour. Self-rising flour is usually 8.5%-10.5% protein, while all-purpose flour tends to fall in the 10-12% range. This means your homemade self-rising flour (made with all-purpose flour) will probably have a slightly higher protein content than you're used to. What does this mean for your baked goods? Not much. You may notice that your biscuits and other baked goods come out a bit less tender than usual, but most people will find the difference undetectable.

You Can Make Self-Rising Cornmeal, Too

It's just as easy to make, and like the self-rising flour recipe, only requires three ingredients.

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