Perfect Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

The perfect buttermilk pancake recipe that rival any restaurant! Made from scratch, this buttermilk pancake recipe will definitely become a favorite!

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe | ©

Pancakes make one of our favorite, go to recipe for lazy weekends or even when we are in a breakfast for dinner sort of mood. I’ve shared my large quantity pancake recipe that makes enough pancakes for a huge crowd or to save and store in the freezer for later, but realized I’ve never shared what I call my perfect buttermilk pancake recipe that is sized just right for four people. Of course you can double the recipe if you are needing to feed a few more than four.


Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe | ©

Ready in just a few minutes, it’s not hard to get everyone to the breakfast table when they know these babies are waiting on them. Light, fluffy, and so delicious, you’ll get requests for these pancakes. I promise!

Here’s my Perfect Buttermilk Pancake Recipe.

Yield: 4

Essential Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Total Time 11 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
The perfect buttermilk pancake recipe that rival any restaurant! Made from scratch, this buttermilk pancake recipe will definitely become a favorite!
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or cooking oil
  • butter for griddle or skillet


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and melted butter or cooking oil in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour buttermilk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring to combine as you pour. Allow to rest for about 3 minutes.
  2. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. Add butter to griddle or skillet to make sure well coated. Scoop pancake batter onto prepared griddle or skillet by about 1/3 cup. Allow to cook until the edges of the pancake have lost their sheen and bubbles have formed in the center of the top of the pancake, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the pancake and allow to cook about 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove from griddle or skillet and serve warm or place on a rimmed sheet pan in a 200º F oven to keep warm for serving.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

52 comments on “Perfect Buttermilk Pancake Recipe”

  1. These look perfect. I love buttermilk pancakes.

  2. Buttermilk pancakes are my faaaaavorite!

  3. So golden and beautiful. I love buttermilk pancakes too, these look perfect 🙂

  4. My mouth is totally watering!!!

  5. You make the best breakfasts!

  6. My husband and I loves waffles. Can your recipe be modified to make buttermilk waffles?

  7. Oh my goodness, if these pancakes taste anything close to how they look, then they will certainly be delicious!

  8. Robyn,
    These pancakes look delicious.

  9. Hi Robyn, just tried a batch, totally awesome. Fluffy just like pancakes should be! I used half the mixture and saved the rest for a great breakfast treat tomorrow! Many thanks

  10. Hi Robyn. Wanted to know if pancakes can be frozen too just like waffles. I tried ur waffle recipe nd froze the extra batches. My son loved them.

  11. Hi I was wondering if this mix sitting in the fridge over night to be used the next day would still work or does it loose some of its fluff that way? Niranj Pather said she saved half of it and I was wondering how that worked out. Thanks looks yummy

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  16. These were great! Made them this morning, just love a pancake that fluffs up so high! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Delicious — pancakes have a special place in my heart without a doubt!!

  18. Just finished making the pancakes, beautiful. My daughter and son in law loved them. My daughter said they tasted like McDonald’s pancakes.

  19. This was the first time ever I tried making pancakes…They were delicious

  20. I made this recipe this mornin. Absolutely delicious. Everybody loved them. Thanks so much.

  21. What can I use in place of the eggs. My son is allergic to eggs.

  22. Made these this morning/afternoon for my honey who LOVES breakfast but more importantly, LOVES these pancakes! I added maple extract to give them a maple boost. What I love is the recipe is easy and whips up quickly. THANKS

  23. When you say, serves 4 – does that mean 4 pancakes ?

  24. HI! My family loves pancakes. But its hard to get buttermilk where I came from. Can I cheat using the homemade Milk+ vinegar/lemon juice combinations as substitute? Would the taste & texture varies?

  25. Hi,

    Could you use whole wheat flour instead?

    Thank you,

  26. Is the batter supposed to be really thick?

  27. The pancakes were delicious with crispy buttery ends. I loved them. I used the powdered buttermilk from a can. It worked out well.

  28. I have now made these babies two times and they are indeed the PERFECT buttermilk pancake. I frequently try new recipes but this one is my favorite. I had two pancakes left over one time and heated them up on low in the toaster the next day and they were still incredibly delicious. From now on if I ever have buttermilk on hand I will absolutely make these. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this great recipe!!

  29. Delicious and fluffy pancakes. I love this recipe, I put freeze dry raspberries and they came out amazing.

  30. I love pancakes and this is the BEST one I’ve tried! I made them yesterday morning and am eating leftovers for dinner. They’re better than recipes from famous celebrity cooks 😉

  31. I love pancakes with everything in me,this is the best batter yet.thanks for sharing.

  32. These are my family’s absolute favourite pancakes, and we’ve tried A LOT of recipes! I premix the dry ingredients into mason jars to make quick delicious pancakes in the mornings. My kids ask for these at least once a week.

    • I’m so glad your family enjoys these pancakes. These are still a favorite at my house! I love your idea of premixing the ingredients to make these even easier on busy mornings. xo

  33. Great recipe, very tasty. My husband and sons loved them. They cooked up light and fluffy.

  34. I realized that I’d never had pancakes that didn’t come from a box mix. So glad I chose this recipe. I was a bit concerned because the batter was thick and lumpy but I proceeded. They turned out so light and fluffy and were soooo good. No more box mix ever !

  35. I ran out of box mix so I did a quick search and found these.I can’t believe how fluffy they were. The whole family loved them!

  36. Absolutely loves this recipe. The best pancakes I’ve had. Thanks!!

  37. Very tasty, found the batter a little too thick so added another 1/3 cup buttermilk to get the consistency I liked. I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe and I found it finally.  

  38. This my go to recipe for pancakes!  These are soooo tasty though……now I have to make them all of the time!

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