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.

Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Buttermilk Pie is a classic, traditional pie in the south. Buttermilk Pie is a custardy pie that comes together quickly and easily.
4.88 from 31 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool prior to slicing.
  • 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.

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  1. OHHH MY!!
    Finally, the Buttermilk pie recipe I have been looking for! Thank You! Thank You!
    I really LOVE Buttermilk pie. It’s my all-time favorite. Simple deliciousness. The one thing I don’t care for in many recipes I have made ..is when the sugar overpowers the buttermilk flavor, just making it a sweet pie. This recipe was complimented straight away for being able to actually taste the Buttermilk. Perfect perfectness. Definitely a keeper and I Thank You So Much for it.🥰

  2. Made this tonight…easy as pie 🙄. Mixed all ingredients in a blender, usd 5/8 cup a Truvia Sugar Blend in lieu of sugar, but all else the same. Baked it in a deep dish crust for 45 minutes. It was set perfectly and golden on much of the top. After it cooled sufficiently I took a small wedge to taste. So delicious!

  3. I am making the pie but don’t know if it’s done! It is very wobbly but it has been almost an hour. Is it supposed to be wobbly? It is golden brown.

  4. I’ve looked at other recipes and yours has good reviews.. but with lemon juice and added lemon zest, does it make it taste lemony.? Is it noticable? Or does it make it better? Just curious it it takes away from the buttery taste.

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