How to Make Self-Rising Flour

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

The Spruce

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (4 servings)

Self-rising flour is a type of flour often used to make biscuits, cornbread, and quick breads, and is very popular in certain traditional Southern recipes. This kind of flour has salt and a leavening agent already built in, meaning there is no need to add these two ingredients to the recipe. For this reason, many bakers opt for self-rising flour since a single dry ingredient saves prep and cleanup time.

However, not everyone stocks self-rising flour in their pantry. If a recipe calls for self-rising flour and you only have all-purpose flour on hand, it's surprisingly easy to make your own self-rising flour at home. All you need is the addition of baking powder and salt. You can scale up the recipe if needed; just be sure to add the proper amount of baking powder and salt per cup of flour.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Measure the flour into a bowl or container.

  3. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour. 

  4. Use a whisk or spoon to blend the flour mixture thoroughly before you use it in a recipe.

  5. Enjoy.


  • If using this self-rising flour in yeast breads or rolls, omit any salt called for in the recipe.
  • The most accurate way to measure flour is by weight. Count on about 4 1/2 ounces per cup. If you don't have a scale, stir the flour and spoon it into the measuring cup (without compacting it). Level off the flour with a knife or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • If the recipe you're making calls for baking soda, make sure to include it. Baking soda and baking powder have different chemical makeups and cannot simply replace each other.