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.


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.


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.

Yield: 8

Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Total Time 55 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Buttermilk Pie is a classic, traditional pie in the south. Buttermilk Pie is a custardy pie that comes together quickly and easily.
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  • 1 (9-inch) Pie Crust Recipe, unbaked
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 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.

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Robyn xo


Southern 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. // addapinch.com


From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published in 2013.

59 comments on “Buttermilk Pie Recipe”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    • 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Oh yeah, buttermilk pie is a southern favorite. This brings back memories of my southern to the core aunt’s fabulous pies. This looks great. Pinning!

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Thanks Robyn for the nice recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    • 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!!

  10. Oh, Robyn! You’re killin’ me with those forkful closeups! This pie looks sensational. Perfect for the holidays!

  11. I think I need to add this classic southern pie to my Thanksgiving menu! Super delicious!

  12. I’ve never had a proper buttermilk pie before! This looks divine!!

  13. 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. I have never heard of buttermilk pie. It looks wonderful like a creme brûlée or a custard. So easy, I think I will make this for thanksgiving!

  15. 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!

  16. 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:)

  17. This recipe was simple and good. I will make it again & try some new twists. Great photos too!

  18. The bottoms of my buttermilk pies were runny, what could have caused the problem?

  19. 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.

  20. robyn,

    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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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. 🙂

  25. 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.

  26. Waaaay too much lemon. It tasted like a lemon custard pie, not a chess pie.

  27. 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!

  28. 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 😛

  29. 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!

  30. Why are my buttermilk pies cracking on top 5 minutes out of oven

  31. I done this exact recipe, word for word. But, my boyfriend says it taste like a lemon pie. Any tips or suggestions to fix that?

    • Leave out the lemon zest for sure and then you can start cutting down on the juice. Some people don’t use any lemon in their buttermilk pie.

  32. what would be a good way to incorporate coconut milk/flavoring?

  33. This is a “keeper” says my husband! He loved the pie! Thank you for the recipe! Best wishes to you!

  34. i remember my mom making a version of this for me when I was a little girl and it was my favorite pie for so long!

  35. My mom makes this for my son.

  36. Robyn – This is so special to me – my youngest son (age 31) loves this pie and I told him just last night I would make one this weekend. My precious mother-in-law, who passed away last year at age 93 always made buttermilk pies. On the way to work this morning I pulled her recipe out of my recipe box to pick up the ingredients. I just saw this email with “Buttermilk Pie” in the subject line from you! Made me smile. Your recipe is like my mother-in-law’s except for no lemon juice or lemon zest. Thanks for always sharing such wonderful recipes.

  37. My house smells divine! I’m waiting on it to cool now!

  38. Just put this in the oven. My pie plate is pretty large, so I doubled the recipe. Not sure if it will take a bit longer to cook, but I set the timer for 55 mins so I can assess it at that point. My great grandma use to make this when I was little. The first go round, I used the lemon and the zest. When I realized that I needed to make more for the size pie plate I have, I didn’t use lemon or zest. Let’s hope it turns out good. If so, it will be one of my additions to my holiday baking.

    • Hi Lee,
      I hope you enjoy the pie – it’s one of our family favorites that I remember eating throughout the years. I’ve not doubled the recipe for one pie plate, so I’m not sure how much longer it should take to bake. Have a wonderful holiday! Thanks!

  39. Can I use splendid instead of the sugar?

  40. Robyn, Can I use the substitute 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to make 1 cup of buttermilk? I waste money buying a carton of of buttermilk.

  41. Too lemony for Buttermilk pie.

  42. It was easy to prepare. My family and friends loved it.

  43. This is soooo good!!  I made it exactly to the recipe, except I didn’t have lemon zest.  We decided we like it best after it has been chilled for a long time.  Definitely a new favorite!  Thanks for sharing!  

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