Buttermilk Pancakes

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Once you make these buttermilk pancakes from scratch, you’ll never make them any other way! Homemade buttermilk pancakes always turn out so light and fluffy – they’re impossible to resist!

Buttermilk Pancakes

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

I think it’s safe to say that one of my favorite breakfast dishes is pancakes – more specifically today’s butter-y, syrup-covered Buttermilk Pancake recipe! I’ve loved pancakes for as long as I can remember but had never really made a homemade-from-scratch recipe until recently. Making them from scratch is nearly as simple as using a store bought mix, but the little extra effort is SO worth it because the pancakes end up being much more fluffy and flavorful.

We’ve been on a pancake kick lately trying all kinds of flavors, like Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes, Apple Pancakes, even Bacon Pancakes! I have always wanted to try a classic buttermilk version and I’m glad we finally did. The result was amazing and the kids ended up eating all of them in about .2 seconds (Seriously!). Since we always have breakfast for dinner on Wednesday nights, we will definitely be adding this recipe to the rotation.

Best Buttermilk Pancakes Batter

How to make buttermilk pancakes:

After making buttermilk pancakes from scratch, you’ll never go back to the store-bought mixes!

Begin by mixing together all the wet ingredients – buttermilk, eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Also mix together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until well blended. Pour the batter, 1/2 cup at a tim, onto a headed griddle.

Cook until browned on each side. Serve warm and enjoy the best buttermilk pancakes you’ve ever tried! Top with syrup and your favorite berries, and get ready to fall in love. 😉

tips for making the best buttermilk pancakes

  • Use real buttermilk. I know it’s not common to have buttermilk on hand, but trust me, in this recipe the real thing is better than any milk+vinegar substitute!
  • If you can, start with the eggs, milk, and buttermilk at room temperature.
  • Try not to over-mix the batter. There might be a few lumps which is totally fine!
  • Let the batter sit for a few minutes after mixing to let the leavening ingredients work their magic and make the batter light and fluffy.
  • Lightly grease the pan with oil or cooking spray instead of butter. Regular butter will burn.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes on plate

What to do with leftover pancake batter?

You can always cook all the batter, and freeze the pancakes you don’t eat (see instructions below). Or, if you want to save the extra batter and make pancakes for breakfast again tomorrow, you can easily put the batter in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap, or store in an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge for up to two days.

Can buttermilk pancakes be frozen?

Pancakes are one of the best make-ahead-and-freeze food items! You can make a bunch at once, and then place in a freezer safe bag once they cool to room temperature. Make sure you separate each pancake with wax paper so they don’t stick together when they freeze. They keep well for 1-2 months.

How to reheat buttermilk pancakes:

  • Microwave – This is good for small batches of pancakes. Stack 1-5 cakes on a microwave safe plate and heat for 20 seconds for one pancake, adding 10 seconds for each additional one.
  • Oven – If you’re reheating a large amount of cakes, this is your best option. Put several pancakes flat on a sheet pan and cover with tinfoil. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (it may be less time if your pancakes are not frozen).
  • Toaster – If you’re reheating pancakes for one person, this will suffice. Although, you have to watch it like a hawk to make sure your pancakes don’t burn to a crisp!

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe from Scratch

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Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes

Once you make these buttermilk pancakes from scratch, you'll never make them any other way! Homemade buttermilk pancakes always turn out so light and fluffy.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 pancakes
Calories 154 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 TB sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 

  2. In a separate bowl, beat buttermilk, milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla together.

  3. Using a wooden spoon, mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Don't overmix! There will probably be flour lumps, which is okay. 

  4. Pour 1/2 cup of batter at a time onto a lightly greased, heated griddle.

  5. Brown pancakes on both side and serve warm. ENJOY!


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I tried your meatballs. I decided that I needed more sauce than called for in your recipe. The sauce was great – just needed enough to cover.

  2. Hi, I tried to make bread for the first time,it raised up fine, I punched it and it didn’t raise the second time????. Any suggestions.

  3. This is a great recipe. What I have discovered from other recipes for pancakes is after you mix everything together is let the batter sit for 30 minutes. This lets the soda and baking powder along with the buttermilk do its thing and makes the pancakes rise more. Try it!

  4. Another option for leftover batter is to make pancake cupcakes with fruit added in and baked in a muffin tin. Maple Buttercream is a good addition or just reheat and dip in maple syrup!

  5. 5 stars
    Aunt Jemima will no longer be visiting my home. Just as easy to make, but 10 times better! We devoured breakfast today, it must have been a sight to see. Thank you for this recipe, it is absolutely perfect!

  6. 5 stars
    Best homemade pancakes evEr! Do not be worried about the lumpiness of thr batter. They will tuen ouT super delish. And i loved that the edges were rustic and not perfectly ciRcular like bOx mix. You gotta try these. A happy Way to satrt the weekend.