Buttermilk Pancakes

I’ve got breakfast covered today with these classic Buttermilk Pancakes — made completely from scratch!  This pancake recipe yields thick, fluffy pancakes that can be ready in under 15 minutes!  Try them out for yourself and you’ll never be satisfied with pancakes out of a box again!

Stack of fluffy homemade buttermilk pancakes on white plate

The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

One of the biggest benefits of being homeschooled growing up was that most mornings I could count on having my math lesson interrupted by a giant stack of freshly cooked, completely from scratch, buttermilk pancakes.

My mom always had pretty strict routines in place for the school day, but my sisters and I could usually beg a batch or two of pancakes from her. Sure, there was often syrup smeared on my worksheets, but I’ve never enjoyed math more.

The buttermilk pancakes that my mom made were never, ever, from a box, and so I got a little bit spoiled. That is, until Zach and I got married and he brought pancake mix home from the grocery store.  I didn’t think anything of it until I bit into my first “pancake” and couldn’t even finish my plate (I might be a pancake diva).

Stack of buttermilk pancakes on white plate

I’m pretty sure that box is still buried back in the pantry somewhere (over four years later), because it’s only been from-scratch buttermilk pancakes in our house since then.

Honestly, the box mix is so unnecessary once you realize how simple pancakes are to make from scratch (and the improved taste is definitely worth the minimal extra effort!).  Today, I want to share my favorite recipe for easy buttermilk pancakes.  They’re incredibly simple to make and I even have instructions on how to make them if you don’t actually have real buttermilk on hand.

These pancakes are fat, fluffy, and despite many similarities in how they are made they are quite different from the paper-thin crepes recipe that I shared not too long ago, so grab your (nonstick) skillet and read on for my tips for fool-proof buttermilk pancakes.

Two fluffy buttermilk pancakes on white plate

What Does Buttermilk Do in Pancakes?

When combined with the baking soda, it gives the pancakes a nice lift, making them thick and fluffy.  The buttermilk also gives these pancakes a great flavor, a very subtle tang that’s typical of a classic buttermilk pancake!

Can You Substitute Regular Milk for Buttermilk in Pancakes? (Can I Make Buttermilk Pancakes Without Buttermilk?)

Yes  — IF you also have lemon juice or white vinegar on hand.  Use my buttermilk substitute recipe and you’ll be good to go with regular milk!  This will react with the baking soda/baking powder the same way that buttermilk would, giving you the fluffiest buttermilk pancakes!

Can I Add Blueberries/Chocolate Chips/Etc. to My Buttermilk Pancakes?

Absolutely!  You can add up to a cup of add-ins to your buttermilk pancake batter, but keep in mind that because you want to avoid over-mixing your batter, it is best to fold them in when your flour is halfway incorporated rather than waiting until you’ve already mostly combined your wet and dry ingredients.

You can also skip the mix-ins and instead top off your pancakes with whipped cream or blueberry sauce, instead. Or do mix-ins and fancy toppings, I don’t judge!

How to make Buttermilk Pancakes: Use a gentle hand when stirring the batter

Tips for Making Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes from Scratch

  • Room temperature ingredients are best!  Sure, you can make this recipe with milk and eggs out of the fridge, but as with many of my baked goods (I know we talked about this with my vanilla cake) room temperature ingredients yield the best results. It helps everything to combine evenly for perfect pancakes.
  • Do not over-mix your pancake batter — I can not overstate how important this is.  The best way to make these pancakes is to thoroughly whisk your dry ingredients in one bowl and your liquid ones in another and then gently combine the two until just combined.  A few flour streaks remaining in the batter is actually a good thing!
  • I recommend using a non-stick skillet, if you have one, just because they are so easy.  If you don’t have one, a stainless or even cast iron pan will absolutely work, just be sure to spray or grease the pan between batches so they don’t stick.
  • Stay with a medium-low heat while cooking.  I usually recommend doing a single test pancake first, just to make sure you have your heat right.  A heat that is too high will yield pancakes with burnt exteriors and raw centers, and that’s just sad ☹️
  • Buttermilk pancakes are best served while still warm. I have found that these just don’t keep very well once they’ve cooled, so enjoy your pancakes hot out of the skillet for best results ☺️
  • This recipe makes 8 pancakes, but you can easily cut it in half to make buttermilk pancakes for two! Zach and I often make a half batch on the weekends for breakfast.
Stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with butter and syrup

Alright, I think that pretty much covers it! I hope you’ll try these out and let me know what you think!!

Enjoy!

Other Breakfast Recipes You Might Like:

  • French Toast or French Toast Casserole
  • Blueberry Muffins or Banana Muffins
  • Scones
  • Cinnamon Rolls

I hope you’ll check out my Buttermilk Pancake video at the bottom of the recipe! If you enjoy watching, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I’ve already uploaded over 100 recipe videos that you can watch for free!

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Classic fluffy Buttermilk pancakes that you can make in under 15 minutes! Easy and delicious. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best buttermilk pancake recipe, buttermilk pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 8" pancakes
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Samantha Merritt || SugarSpunRun.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk¹ (530ml)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten, room temperature preferred
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled (57g)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, until well-combined.  
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together buttermilk,, eggs, and vanilla extract.  
  • Take your melted butter and slowly drizzle it into your wet ingredients while whisking, stirring until well-combined (the butter may separate and curdle if your other ingredients are cold, this is OK, just whisk to combine).  
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir until just combined -- do not overmix your pancake batter or your pancakes will be flat.  Use a light hand when stirring, and a few flour streaks in the batter are fine.
  • Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray or lightly brush with canola oil and place on burner on medium-low heat.  
  • Allow skillet to preheat before adding batter (about 5 minutes, it's good for your pancake batter to sit several minutes as well, which is why you prepared that before preheating your pan), and once skillet is heated (I usually test this by hovering my hand several inches above the pan and making sure I can feel the heat radiating from it) scoop pancake batter into pan (I use about 1/2-2/3 cup of batter per pancake).  
  • Allow pancake to cook until edges begin to appear cooked and bubbles in batter begin to burst.  Using a pancake spatula, carefully flip pancake and continue to cook several more minutes until pancake is golden brown.  
  • Repeat until all batter is used -- I recommend spraying or brushing the pan between each batch of pancakes.
  • Serve warm topped with salted butter and maple syrup! 

Video

Notes

¹If you don't have buttermilk on hand, try my easy buttermilk substitute instead. You just need milk and either lemon juice or vinegar!  

Nutrition

Serving: 18" pancake | Calories: 240kcal

Buttermilk Pancake recipe originally published 01/29/2018, updated 03/04/2019, just in time for Fat Tuesday 😉

Recipe is unchanged but additional tips have been added and a video is now included! 

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