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Easy Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

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This is hands down my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe! They are super fluffy, and thanks to buttermilk, have the most deliciously tangy flavor. If you don’t have buttermilk, I’ve got you covered with an easy substitute in the recipe.

In our house, these are called fancy pancakes. Buttermilk isn’t usually in my fridge, so when it is, we jump at the chance to make this buttermilk pancake recipe!

Thanks to the buttermilk, these pancakes are tangy, super fluffy, and tender in the middle. For more pancake recipes, take a look at these buttermilk banana pancakes or my favorite blueberry pancakes!

Key Ingredients

Buttermilk: This adds a lovely tangy flavor to our pancakes, which is incredibly delicious, especially when combined with something sweet (like maple syrup). If you don’t have buttermilk, you can still make these pancakes. See my tips for an easy buttermilk substitute below the recipe (it’s a mixture of milk and vinegar or lemon juice).

Flour: I use all-purpose flour for these pancakes, but whole wheat, spelt, or even your favorite gluten-free flour blend will work in this recipe.

Baking Soda and Baking Powder: I use both for these easy pancakes. The baking soda reacts with the acid in the buttermilk, and the baking powder adds a little extra lift for fluffiness.

Sugar, Vanilla, and Salt: These make our pancakes taste amazing. I don’t like super sweet pancakes (and leave the extra sweetness to maple syrup later), so the little sugar I add balances the buttermilk and flour taste.

Butter: I love buttery pancakes, so I’m generous with butter. I also cook my buttermilk pancakes in melted butter for crispy edges.

What to Serve with Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes truly make one of the best breakfasts! I love topping mine with sliced strawberries or berries, butter, and maple syrup. The butter pecan syrup I make for these pumpkin pancakes is also amazing.

Add whipped cream or whipped coconut cream (delicious!), nuts, honey apple butter, or some of our maple pumpkin butter for something a little different.

Also, don’t forget a side of crispy baked bacon, scrambled eggs, or sausage. See more of our breakfast recipes.

Easy Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes




This recipe makes buttermilk pancakes that are super fluffy and buttery, with the most tender texture in the middle. Buttermilk adds a lovely tangy flavor to the pancakes. If you do not have buttermilk, we have provided a note below sharing how to make buttermilk at home (all you need is dairy or non-dairy milk and an acid like white vinegar or lemon juice).
Buttermilk tends to vary in thickness, so you might need more to achieve the right batter consistency. Our recipe below shares a visual cue to get it just right.

Makes 10 pancakes

You Will Need 1 ¼ cups (295ml) buttermilk, see tip for substitute
4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, plus more for skillet
1 ½ cups (195g) all-purpose flour, see tips below for how to measure flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1If you do not have buttermilk and need to make a buttermilk substitute, do it now and set it aside.
2Melt 4 tablespoons of butter, and then set aside.
3In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until well blended.
4In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. (Don’t worry if the butter solidifies slightly).
5Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, and then pour in the buttermilk and egg mixture.
6Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and stir gently with a fork until the flour is just incorporated. A few small lumps are okay.
7When you lift the whisk or fork out from the batter, it should slowly run down back into the bowl. If this does not happen and the batter is too thick, add an extra splash of buttermilk.
8Place a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Sprinkle in a few drops of water to test if it’s ready. You want them to dance around a bit and evaporate.
9Brush the skillet with melted butter (this creates crispy edges, but you can skip it if using a quality nonstick pan).
10Scoop the batter onto the skillet using a 1/4 cup measure or large cookie scoop, and spread each pancake into a 4-inch circle.
11After 1 to 2 minutes, the edges will look dry, and bubbles will form and pop on the surface. Flip the pancakes and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.
12Serve immediately with warm syrup, butter, and berries.

Storing 1Store buttermilk pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze them for up to 2 months. If freezing, line the pancakes on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag with parchment paper between each pancake to prevent sticking.
2To reheat them, place them on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 20 seconds per pancake (add more time for multiple pancakes). Or wrap the pancakes in foil and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

Buttermilk substitute: Combine 1 ½ cups of milk (dairy or non-dairy) with 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Set aside for 10 minutes before using the recipe above.
Measuring flour: Fluff the flour in its container, then gently scoop it into your measuring cup until slightly mounded. Level off the top with a knife for accurate measuring. For even more accuracy, use a scale and measure the flour by weight (in grams).
Optional add-ins: Add berries, chopped strawberries, nuts, cooked bacon, or chocolate chips to the batter. Use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup.
The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.

Nutrition Per Serving
Serving Size
1 pancake (10 total)
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Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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