The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

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The best and only Buttermilk Pancake recipe that you will ever need! Perfectly fluffy every single time! Soft and pillowy with a tender crumb, these are going to be a hit at the breakfast table.

Serve these delicate pancakes with a pat of butter and this To Die For Buttermilk Syrup or Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam. Add some Scrambled Eggs and Perfectly Baked Bacon for a breakfast that will surely satisfy any hunger.

Fluffy Buttermilk pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup.

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

I have been in search of the perfect buttermilk pancake recipe for my family. After trying several I found the best one. It is from the Martha Stewart Cookbook and they claimed it was the best one too! I had to put it to the test. They said that the secret to fluffy pancakes is to not over mix the batter. Leave small lumps in the pancakes to ensure fluffy and flavorful pancakes every time. They are fluffy thick clouds of joy!

With a golden crisp outside and a fluffy inside these are a welcome sight on the table first thing in the morning! They’ll be worth getting up for!  This will be the only buttermilk pancake recipe that you will need! It truly is the best! It is easy to whip up in a matter of minutes and I know that your family is going to love it too!

Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Ingredients

These perfect pancakes are made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, so you will be able to whip them up anytime you want. Don’t have buttermilk? Don’t worry I’ll tell you how to make your own below. Now there is no excuse, you can have these amazing pancakes anytime your heart desires!

  • Flour: All purpose flour works best
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar
  • Baking Powder: This is the rising agent
  • Baking Soda: Using baking soda along with the buttermilk is what creates those bubbles for ultimate fluffiness
  • Salt: Balances out the flavor
  • Eggs: Make sure to use Large eggs and slightly beat them before adding them in to the batter.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter melted
  • Buttermilk: The star of the pancakes, it adds that classic tang that we all love

Making Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Ok, I’ll say it again the secret to making perfect fluffy pancakes every time is not over mix. Remember it should have small lumps in it. That’s going to be ok. Don’t panic. This is what makes them so yummy.

  1. Whisk: In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  2. Mix: Slightly beat the eggs and add to the mixture along with the buttermilk, and melted butter. Mix until just incorporated.
  3. Cook: On a preheated griddle to 375 degrees spray cooking spray or melt butter. Add about ⅓ cup to ½ cup to the griddle. Once the edges harden and the bubbles form on top, about 2 min, flip to cook on the other side. Cook till the bottom is golden brown, about another 2 min. Repeat with remaining batter. Makes about 9 pancakes

Mixing the dry ingredients, then wet ingredients and cooking buttermilk pancakes.

Buttermilk Hints

Buttermilk is such an incredible ingredient to cook with. It’s not very good to drink by itself, it’s thick and sour, but add it to a recipe and it becomes magical. It creates the most tender, moist, flavorful breads and cakes. It adds flavor and richness to dressings and marinades. And when mixed with a base such as baking soda, it creates lightness to your baked goods including these pancakes. The other thing I love about buttermilk is that if I don’t have any I can make it in a matter of minutes. That being said, using the real stuff is best, hands down. It will create that thick, rich, creamy batter that equals dynamite pancakes. Only use the substitute in a pinch.

  • Making Buttermilk: Mix 1 cup of milk (whole or 2%) with 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for about 10 min. Once it starts to curdle stir it up and use it as you would buttermilk. This is a 1:1 ratio substitution for buttermilk.
  • Why Buttermilk Makes Everything so LIght and Fluffy: Buttermilk is very acidic. That’s what creates the tangy sometimes sour and bitter flavor. When you add the baking soda or another base, a wonderful chemical reaction occurs. This reaction creates the byproduct of carbon dioxide which forms air bubbles, these bubbles are what create the light and fluffy baked goods.
  • Don’t Over-mix and Use Immediately: This is why you don’t want to over mix it. It will kills the bubbles and the reaction. Also you want to wait to add the base to the batter till right before baking, if you allow it to sit too long before baking the bubbles will dissipate on their own before it can help your pancakes, or biscuits or cakes rise.

Buttermilk syrup being poured over buttermilk pancakes.

Variations to Your Perfect Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are like a blank slate you can add flavors and textures too. It’s a mild flavor on it’s own so it’ll easily adapt to the variations. You can really get creative with what you add. My only suggestion is that if you add fruit, nuts, or chocolate mix it into the batter before you cook it. By incorporating them into your mix instead of just adding it on top will prevent burning of your add Ins. You may need to put batter in separate bowls to add mix-Ins if you want to make several different kinds at once. Again don’t over-mix, gently fold in your mix-Ins

  • Fruits: Anything goes here basically. Berries, bananas, apples, peaches, are all good. If you use frozen fruit, let it thaw slightly before adding it so it will finish thawing as it cooks. Zesting citrus adds a nice zing. Don’t forget you can top these pancakes with fresh fruit as well.
  • Nuts: Chopped nuts add a nice crunch, I recommend not overdoing it, however. A little bit of nuts goes a long way.
  • Other: If you think it’ll go good in pancakes you can add it. Think chocolate, flaked coconut, and dried fruit.
  • Flavorings: Add a teaspoon of your favorite flavoring to give your pancakes a different taste. Almond, vanilla and coconut extracts are favorites. Spices also add incredible flavors, cinnamon nutmeg, or even pumpkin spice. The possibilities are endless.

Freezing Leftovers

One of my favorite things to do is make a double or triple batch of pancakes and cook them all at once. I’ll freeze the leftovers for those mornings that I need breakfast on the table fast.

  • Completely cool the pancakes on a wire rack. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze for 1-2 hours. Just long enough to start to freeze them. Transfer them to a freezer safe bag. These will keep for up to 2 months.
  • When ready to use, remove from the freezer and either pop them into the toaster or microwave. No need to thaw before reheating.

Soft pillowy buttermilk pancakes ready to eat.

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The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

5 from 2 votes
The best and only Buttermilk Pancake recipe that you will need! Perfectly fluffy every single time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 9 Pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the griddle to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar together. Add the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. Mix until incorporated but leave small lumps in the batter.
  • Spray the griddle with non stick cooking spray. Add about ½ cup of the batter to the hot griddle. Once the edges start to harden and small bubbles form, about 2 minutes, flip to the other side. Cook until golden at the bottom.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with buttermilk syrup or fresh fruit. Makes about 9 pancakes.

Notes

Updated on December 12, 2020
Originally Posted on November 4, 2014

Nutrition

Serves: 9

Calories228kcal (11%)Carbohydrates30g (10%)Protein7g (14%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol64mg (21%)Sodium353mg (15%)Potassium243mg (7%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar8g (9%)Vitamin A347IU (7%)Calcium142mg (14%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best buttermilk pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, Buttermilk pancakes recipe, homemade buttermilk pancakes, pancakes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hands down, the best pancake recipe! I have been searching for a great pancake recipe and this one is AWESOME! I made these this morning with bacon and my family loved them! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to make them again next weekend!! Jen A

  2. Hello, happy new year!
    Could you make this mixture the night before and refrigerate to use the next morning?

  3. Not really sure where I went wrong but my batter came out very very thin like water. I tried adding more flour thinking that might help but it didn’t really make a difference. They came out more like crepes.

    1. Kim, try using 2 cups buttermilk to start. Then add a tablespoon or so until you get the consistency you desire. I did and it worked better than adding more flour.

  4. These are in fact, the best pancakes ever! So much so , they have dethrowned my staple recipe that I’ve used for years. I did only use about 1.5 cups of buttermilk, perhaps a tad more, as I go by the consistencty (I prefer a thick batter). These have that diner-esque flavor and texture to them without the heaviness. Another recipe to find itself in my Favorites Folder!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. The pancakes were almost perfect. My family was asking me to make more. Prior to using your recipe, I was never good at making pancakes, but now I can do it. Thanks so much!!

  6. DELICIOUS! I made these with Swan Cake Flour. They were more of a crepe consistency, but by far the best. Next time I’ll use All-Purpose flour to get a fluffier thicker pancake. Never buying pre-mix ever again! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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