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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe always trumps a box mix. Homemade batter with sugar, butter, and buttermilk provides the perfect combination of sweetness and tenderness.

This has been my go-to pancake recipe for years and comes from our local Junior League Cookbook, Winners.  It makes the Best Buttermilk Pancakes time after time!

A stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with a pat of butter and served with sliced berries

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes 

30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast bread, sandwiches,  and salads – there is something for everyone. I’m sharing the perfect pancake recipe—you’ll never want that boxed mix version again after making this buttermilk pancakes recipe!

If you’re looking for a healthier pancake, check out these perfect whole wheat pancakes.

Overhead view of 3 buttermilk pancakes topped with butter and garnished with berries and mint

Homemade Pancake Recipe

These homemade buttermilk pancakes are worth the extra couple minutes it takes to whip up a batch. Tender, flavorful with a touch of sweetness, they will be the best pancakes you’ve ever created.

Move over box mix, we’re heading back to basics with this terrific from scratch recipe. Can you melt butter? Measure ingredients? Whisk a batter? Then you can make a memorable breakfast! Better yet, treat your mom to a stack of these Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes for Mother’s Day.

    How do you make buttermilk pancakes?

This is a very basic recipe that even new cooks can master. It takes a few bowls, but the results are worth it. First, the eggs, buttermilk, salt, and sugar are mixed together. In another bowl, the remaining dry ingredients are whisked together and added to the buttermilk mixture. Then melted butter is stirred in before cooking on a greased griddle or pan.

    How to make buttermilk pancakes without buttermilk?

A reliable buttermilk substitute is easy to make at home with ingredients that are found in most kitchens. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or neutral-flavored vinegar, like white or apple cider, to a 1 cup liquid measuring cup. Then add milk to the 1 cup mark. Let rest a few minutes, stir, and use as needed.

    How do you cook pancakes?

Lightly grease a griddle or skillet with butter. Heat over medium-low, then place about 1/4 cup of batter in rounds over the surface leaving enough room for them to expand.

Cook until bubbles appear and open on the surface, 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat until all batter is used.

    How do you make blueberry pancakes?

Any pancake batter can be made into blueberry or even chocolate chip pancakes. As the first side of the pancake is cooking, drop berries or chocolate chips over the surface of the top or uncooked side. Once the bubbles appear and open, flip, and finish cooking.

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes stacked on a white plate and garnished with sliced strawberries


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This recipe was first shared in May 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Overhead view of 3 butteermillk pancakes topped with butter and garnished with berries and mint

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

These homemade buttermilk pancakes trump a box mix every time. Recipe adapted from Winners, Winning Recipes from the Junior League of Indianapolis

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 3 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 rounded teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In one bowl, whisk together egg, salt and sugar. Mix in buttermilk and set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together baking soda, baking powder and flour. Add to buttermilk mixture, then stir in butter till incorporated.
  3. Heat griddle and grease lightly. Pour rounds of batter onto hot griddle. Flip when bubbles on surface start to break, adjusting temperature of griddle as needed.
  4. Serve with butter, maple syrup, and berries if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 914mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 9g


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33 comments on “Classic Buttermilk Pancakes”

  1. Love your annual brunch week, I’m so jalous, I would like participated to same thing here! It seems like you have a lot of fun ! These pancakes looks delicious ! pancakes are one of my favourite’s meal for breakfast 🙂 Have a lovely day Liz !

  2. These pancakes look amazingly delicious, a go to in my household, even at dinner time.

  3. What a delicious coincidence! I just blogged about buttermilk pancakes 2 days back. Now after reading yours, I have the temptation to try it again!

  4. Yep that settles it, I have to pick up some syrup this weekend:@)

  5. Those look lovely! Nothing like classic pancakes 🙂

  6. I think I have mentioned already 100 times that I love pancakes..but I want to say again. I love pancakes and these look delicious!

  7. I haven’t perfected pancakes, so I’m in love with these!!!

  8. I am pretty picky about my pancakes. Boxed is no good. The thicker the better. These fit the bill.

  9. Happy Mother’s Day a little early to you Liz! Your pancakes look so fluffy and delicious. Maybe I can put in my request to my family and little early for Sunday morning. Take care. BAM

  10. YAY! These look SO amazing! WOW. I love some buttermilk pancakes! Gorgeous!

  11. Buttermilk pancakes…yum!

  12. The perfect pancakes, they look amazing!

  13. These pancakes look so soft and fluffy! There’s no better breakfast than pancakes- especially when they’re made from scratch!

  14. I am soooooo sold! Your pancakes look delicious! Perfect breakfast for tomorrow! Thanks a lot!

  15. You always need a classic pancake at brunch. These look picture-perfect!

  16. Your panaceas are absolute perfection, Liz! Mine never quite turn out so fluffy — always a bit flat. Hehe:)

  17. Classic buttermilk pancakes are always a huge hit at my house!!! This stack is beyond gorgeous!!! Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day, Liz!!!

  18. Those look like the PERFECT fluffy buttermilk pancakes – YUMM!!

  19. These pancakes are definitely enough to fill my stomach for brunch! More strawberries please! xoxo

  20. Lizzy,
    I haven’t had pancakes in a long time and can’t wait to try this recipe.
    Have a peaceful Mother’s Day. I’ll be thinking of you.

  21. Homemade pancakes especially buttermilk ones do indeed trump the box. Bravo to the height on these gorgeous breakfast babies =) Maybe you should open a cooking school, Liz. Seriously =)

  22. I adore fluffy pancakes and these look simply perfect!

  23. Your pancakes look perfect, Liz! Love these classic buttermilk pancakes! I wish I had a stack right now! Hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day, Liz! xo

  24. These pancakes are SO gorgeous! Fluffy and perfect

  25. Oh those buttermilk pancakes look wonderful, so fluffy and nice. I have never once made pancakes from a box mix as they are so easy to make just from scratch. I will file this one away as I love the rise on these. What could go better with pancakes than strawberries??? YUM!

  26. These are a classic for reason. They turn out perfect and fluffy every time <3

  27. Liz, we haven’t made pancakes in a long time and they are overdue! Can’t wait to try your buttermilk ones! They look amazing!

  28. Shall I just print the recipe and leave it for the boys as a hint? Maybe a breakfast for Mother’s Day in Bed hint? These look so fluffy and delicious.

  29. My grandkids would love these and I could eat them every day and twice on Sunday!

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