I have a lot of pancake and waffle recipes here on the blog. It makes sense, really. Breakfast is my favorite meal, I’m a food blogger who likes to create fun + new recipes, and I like maple syrup a whole lot.

Buttermilk Pancakes

But when I say I have a lot of pancake recipes, I mean a lot. Eight to be exact, and none of them are plain jane.

I’ve got:
(1) Honey Cornbread Pancakes
(2) Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
(3) Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes (the ‘healthy’ version of this recipe!)
(4) Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
(5) Carrot Cake Pancakes
(6) Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Banana Bread Pancakes
(7) Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby Pancakes
(8) German Pancakes with Apples (my current obsession)

And I love them all.

Buttermilk Pancakes

After posting my recipe for classic buttermilk waffles I got a few emails asking about a buttermilk pancake recipe and couldn’t believe that I didn’t have one here on the blog. Especially since we make them ALL THE TIME! And so, here they are! A recipe just for you (well, actually me, but you get the point).

Buttermilk Pancakes

These pancakes are my go-to, my fave and my main squeeze. I like my pancakes fluffy and light, with a buttery crisp brown outside and a middle that I can soak my teeth into (and obviously they need to be able to soak up all that maple syrup goodness).

Buttermilk Pancakes

You can use this base and make pancakes any way you’d like. I sometimes add in some chocolate chips with a hint of orange zest, berries, or just have them as is. Really, they’re pancakes so I’m going to be happy with whatever is inside.

Buttermilk Pancakes


Buttermilk Pancakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8-10 pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • Vegetable oil or butter, for frying
  • Pure Canadian maple syrup, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F if you're going to serve pancakes when they're ALL cooked.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, sour cream and egg. Once cooled, whisk in the melted butter. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix gently just until combined – the batter will be lumpy and it’s fine if there are a few streaks of flour. (Avoid over-mixing or the pancakes won’t be as tender.) Let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes.
  4. To cook the pancakes, heat griddle or a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add a tablespoon of butter (or oil) to the pan. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, when the drops sizzle the pan is ready!
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter into pan. Cook on the first side until bubbles form on top and start to pop. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone, adding more butter to the pan if necessary. If you want to serve all the pancakes together, add the cooked pancakes to the pre-heated oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Serve with the pancakes hot with maple syrup.


Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, ages ago.

*If you aren't going to serve the pancakes until you've cooked them all, preheat oven to 200 F and place pancakes on parchment paper on a baking sheet until you're ready.


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20 Responses to Buttermilk Pancakes

  1. Tori says:

    MMMMM, I know what this Wednesday morning needs now! Yum!

  2. I love how fluffy and gorgeous your pancakes turned out! We are huge fans of breakfast food too, so keep bringing on the breakfast recipes!

  3. Caroline says:

    These could not look any more perfect! So fluffy!!!! Buttermilk pancakes have to be my most favorite weekend breakfast…and yup, I love maple a whole lot too! Pinning so I can make these this weekend!

  4. You always get me excited for the weekend to cook and these pancakes are getting me pumped for some weekend brunch 🙂

  5. Pancakes should be a food group! Your pancakes sound so good! Beautiful photos as always 🙂

  6. Gina says:

    Yes, buttermilk pancakes are amazing! I should check out the healthy version you posted above. But, I might just have to try these first. 🙂 They look so good!

  7. We’re crazy about pancakes in my household. These look lovely and light. <3

  8. Ruth Meaney says:

    Oh my Lordy buttermilk pancakes are the best! I live in Australia but when I was little we lived in Austin Texas. My parents discovered real buttermilk pancakes and our family has enjoyed them ever since. I used to get so disappointed during school when friends mums said they were making pancakes when they were really making some thin excuse of a pancake.
    I bought a cast iron skillet with the main purpose of perfect pancakes.
    Would love to compare your recipe to mums 🙂

    • katrina says:

      Aww yeah, pancake twins!! I used to hate it when I would be visiting someone and they would bring out the Aunt Jemima stuff…what the?

  9. you always have such good looking pancakes or waffles…why dont we live closer?

  10. I love good old plain pancakes with nothing in them but smothered with maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar. Nothing better on a Sunday morning. These ones looks so fluffy and delicious, just might have to give them ago. Do you think they would work with homemade buttermilk and greek yoghurt instead of sour cream? Just trying to think what I normally have on hand 🙂

    • katrina says:

      Homemade buttermilk would definitely work! I did that recently, actually! It should be ok with greek yogurt too, but I haven’t tried! Let me know if you do!

  11. They look delicious and fluffy! I’m a big pancake fanatic, so these are right up my alley 🙂

  12. Ashley says:

    I really need to make pancakes more often! I rarely make them! These sound so classically perfect! And gorgeous photos!

  13. Joanne says:

    You are making all of my weekend breakfast dreams come true!

  14. Fareeha says:

    who would skip breakfast if we had something like this to eat.. yummmmmyyyyyyy… just cant wait to try

  15. Zainab says:

    The simplicity and the perfection is getting to me!! Love it!

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