This Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe always trumps a box mix. Buttermilk works its magic by making tender, delicious pancakes!

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! Homemade batter with sugar, butter, and buttermilk provides the perfect combination of sweetness and tenderness.

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

Why You Should Make Buttermilk Pancakes 

This is the perfect pancake recipe—you’ll never want that boxed mix version again after making these buttermilk pancakes!

  • Homemade pancakes are so much better than the box mix!!
  • Making pancakes from scratch is EASY!
  • The acid in the buttermilk makes tender pancakes by weakening the gluten. It actually breaks the molecular bonds and unwinds the proteins!

If you’re looking for a healthier pancake, check out these perfect whole wheat pancakes. And this Dutch Baby Pancake is also one of my favorite pancake recipes!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 buttermilk 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.

Tips for Making Pancakes

  • Use real buttermilk if possible, but the substitute listed will work in a pinch.
  • PRO-Tip: Check the expiration date on your baking powder. Baking powder usually expires before you can use it up. If it’s not fresh, it will affect the rise of your pancakes. This recipe uses both baking powder and baking soda.
  • Do not overmix the batter. A few small lumps are OK.
  • Add a bit of sugar for the best flavor.
  • Flip your pancakes once the bubbles on the top of the uncooked side start to pop.
  • Wipe out the pan and add more butter to cook as needed.

More Brunch Recipes You’ll Love!

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Grape Mojito from The Spiffy Cookie

Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee

Egg Dishes:

Croque Madame Breakfast Casserole from Bread Booze Bacon

Baked Denver Omelet

Main Dishes:

Waldorf Quinoa Chicken Salad from Cupcake & Kale Chips.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Sides:

Chilled Strawberry Soup from The Suburban Soapbox

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Desserts:

German Apple Pancake

Mixed Berry Torte

Plus check out all my Best Breakfast Recipes and Brunch Food Recipes

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

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

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Use butter to grease your pan for the best flavor. Wipe out the pan between batches if needed to remove any residue.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

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

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