In a large bowl, stir to combine pancake mix and water.
Coat griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add oil or cooking spray and spoon batter onto the griddle or pan, using 1/4 cup batter for each pancake.
Cook until bubbles form on top of the pancakes and the batter is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Then use a spatula to flip the pancakes and cook them until golden brown on the other side, about 2 minutes. Continue with all of the batter. Top with butter and maple syrup if desired and enjoy!