Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Buttermilk Pie is a classic pie recipe well loved for generations in my family. A custardy pie that comes together quickly and easily with a light texture and a slight tangy flavor.

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Similar in texture to a Chess Pie, the Buttermilk Pie uses simple ingredients found in most southern kitchens.

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I use buttermilk in so many recipes, especially in baking, but it really shines in this delicious, yet oh so easy pie. But, if you aren’t a buttermilk lover, don’t fret, this pie doesn’t taste like buttermilk. Buttermilk pie has a tender, tangy texture that just works perfectly in a good, flaky pie crust.


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Buttermilk pie can have so many variations, add pecans to the top, drizzle with a bit of blackberry syrup when serving. But honestly, there is just nothing better than a slice of buttermilk pie and a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea.



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This pie makes a great addition to the holiday dessert buffet with its light, comforting taste.


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Hey, I’m not calling it a light as in low-calorie pie, I’m just saying it tastes light. It doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve stuffed yourself to the point you look like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons.


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Since it is so easy and quietly elegant, it really makes the perfect pie to serve anytime though. No need to save this baby just for the holidays.

Here’s my Buttermilk Pie recipe. I can’t wait to hear how you love it.

4.4 from 9 reviews
Buttermilk Pie Recipe
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Buttermilk Pie is a classic, traditional pie in the south. Buttermilk Pie is a custardy pie that comes together quickly and easily.
Serves: 8
  • 1 (9-inch) Pie Crust Recipe, unbaked
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Mix together eggs, granulated sugar, flour, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt until well-combined. Pour into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 45-50 minutes until set and golden brown.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool prior to slicing.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.


Love ya!
Robyn xo


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  1. 34

    Claudi says

    Hi, Robyn!
    Last night, I made your buttermilk pie recipe (found on Pinterest). It was sooooooooooooo tasty, but very, very rich.
    So I was wondering – did you mean “1/2 c melted butter” or “1/2 c butter, melted”? Either way, it will remain on my “indulgence recipe list”. Thanks for sharing!

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    Palasha says

    Tried it today. My second time doing a pie. I was bit nervous how it was gonna turn out. I used spiced buttermilk instead of buttermilk and organic coconut oil instead of shortening for pastry. I baked it in aluminium cake tin. It turned gorgeous! <3 Loved the result! Kind of tasted like one of my childhood memories of Portuguese tart 😛

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    Tiffany M. says

    Great recipe. I don’t think I have ever had buttermilk pie before, but this is quite tasty. I like the hint of lemon flavor in this recipe. I followed the pie crust recipe as well, but added a little sugar. I served this with homemade whipped cream and strawberries. Delicious!

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    Mikal says

    I made this pie last week and it was great, it doesn’t taste anything like the name. I just put another one in the oven.

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    Anne M Hughes says

    I love the idea of this recipe. I have the flaky crust stuff in my freezer… is there any idea to make a puffy crust something or other instead of the pie crust? As you can tell I’m not really a baker. :)

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    I grew up in south but I have never made buttermilk pie. When I was visiting Louisville over the winter I had a wonderful chocolate buttermilk pie that I would love to recreate. I would love to try your recipe!

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    Brittani says

    I made the pie and used your crust recipe, it was amazing!!!! Soooo delicious! I’m 7 months pregnant and it definitely helped fulfill my buttermilk pie craving.

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    Gina says

    I was looking for ways to use up the buttermilk I bought for another recipe and stumbled upon this. Well, naturally I had to try it seeing as I am a native Louisianan and have a wicked sweet tooth AND had never had buttermilk pie. Can I just say…I ate the entire pie myself over the course of a week and have been dreaming of making another one ever since! Thanks for this recipe. It might be the perfect dessert!

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    henry says


    a friend passed on her b-pie recipe several years ago and i made it for my wife and me. similar to yours except (a) 2 cups sugar (gagarama sweet!) and (b) no lemon. naturally, it was somewhat overpowering.

    looking for a different approach, i stumbled upon yours. oh, my! perfect in every way. the lemon renders it so elegant and light yet nicely balanced. i’ve now begun to look at your other recipes to see if this nice touch is everywhere. thank you for loving cooking and for bringing creativity to it.

    • 46


      I’m so glad you loved the recipe, Henry, and thank you for your kind comment. I hope you enjoy many of the other recipes just as much.


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    Andrea says

    Hello Robyn. Just as I thought this was a great addition to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. I sprinkled chopped pecans on top of the pie and you know pecans add to so many different things. My mom and sisters said that it was very, very melt in your mouth good. Thanks again.

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    Andrea says

    Hello Robyn.

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving for family. It was so simple because of the way you explained it step by step. It is beautiful. I will let you know how everyone likes it. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving:)

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    I am baking this right now!!!! Looks fabulous! Can’t wait to dig in. Not sure if I can wait until tomorrow =) I am not sure if anyone else in my family will eat it. We are also having pumpkin and apple, so I guess that just means more pie for me!!!! Yum!

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    Vicky says

    Northern girl here, but I’ve been making buttermilk pie for ages from my Indiana Historical cookbook. It calls for butter the size of a walnut. No vanilla, less sugar, and 3 egg yolks baked in a cornmeal pie crust. I have not made the crust. It
    is very good and enjoyed by all. I pinned your recipe to try.


  14. 57

    Joyce says

    Lovely pie and the addition of lemon must make it even better. I have always made the bisquick version where it makes it’s own crust, Impossible Pie recipe. I love it when my strawberries are ripe to add as a topping.

    • 58

      Dee says

      Joyce..I have the Impossible Pie recipe..this reminded me of it….I love it because it makes its own crust….Everybody loves it & its so easy!! I make mine in the blender & just pour into pie plate!!

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    As a Northerner, I was late to the buttermilk pie game, but I am fully on board since being introduced a few years ago. Better late than never? Gorgeous pie, Robyn!

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    My mom used to make this pie all the time and when I was younger I swore up and down that I hated it because of the buttermilk. All those years of wasted freshly baked buttermilk pie! So sad :)

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    Buttermilk is always in our fridge, such a tasty “secret ingredient” in so many of my dishes, cakes, and pies….glad to see it is getting a little more time in the spotlight, especially with “Southern” cuisine being so popular. It’s about time the rest of y’all caught on….haha! Fun Fact: Buttermilk was the name of Dale Evans’ (Mrs. Roy Rogers!) horse…just sign me “showing my age” but still loving buttermilk!

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    My mom and I shared a slice of buttermilk pie with strawberries on top at East Side Cafe in Austin a few years ago. It was unbelievably sweet, rich, gooey, delicious, and the strawberries added a nice tart contrast. It’s never something I’ve tried to make at home, but now that might change!

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    I use my Nana’s recipe – okay, my daughter uses it because they were very close and Nana taught her how to cook. This is also my birthday pie (I don’t have cake) that I have had for the better part of my 50 years on earth. It’s a great dish, isn’t it?

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      Angela says

      It was what my brother always asked for instead of a birthday cake too! Now living in Indiana, people have tried to tell me shoo-fly “is the same,” but noooooo it’s not.

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    Buttermilk is like a family member…it’s always here!! It was a staple in our Frigidaire while growing up. My daddy would drink it and mama used it for baking. Mine doesn’t always get used but when it starts to feel heavy I toss it and buy some more! It’s a visual comfort item…it warms my heart to see that waxy cardboard quart of buttermilk sitting in my “icebox”.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe ~ Buttermilk Pie is a Southern classic and I use my Mama Prestwood’s recipe to make mine. I never got to taste hers but I know that my pie is still carrying on a family tradition.

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