Skip the store-bought pancake mix in favor of this 15-minute recipe for Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes.

Stack of Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup with orange juice and fruit in background

Nothing says “happy weekend” quite like a stack of fluffy flapjacks. Whether they satisfy a carb craving (read: hangover helper) or allow your taste buds to travel back to your childhood breakfast table, one thing is certain: Buttermilk pancakes are the ultimate comfort food no matter which way you stack, slather, syrup’ize or slice ’em.

Glass bowl containing pancake batter and spatula

The most popular pancakes around these parts are actually of the savory variety. If you haven’t sampled my Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes, make a quick stop over there before (or after) you whip up the best buttermilk pancakes to ever flip atop your stove. Just how amazing? Let’s just say that bacon grease is an optional addition to this recipe.

Red spatula flipping flapjacks on griddle

Bacon aside, the real secret to guaranteeing homemade pancakes are just as light and flavorful as those from your local diner (or even your go-to boxed mix), is to not overwork the batter. Lumpy batter is to perfect pancakes as Homemade Samoas are to Naked and Afraid marathons. Critical. Essential. Mandatory.

Armed with this knowledge, now all that separates you from buttermilk pancake bliss is a few pantry items and just 15 minutes of your time.

P.S. No buttermilk? No problem! Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then pour in milk (any variety) up to the “1 cup” mark. Stir the mixture then let it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly, then proceed with the recipe as directed.

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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Skip the store-bought pancake mix in favor of this 15-minute recipe for light and fluffy homemade buttermilk pancakes!
4.94 from 101 votes
Stack of Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup with orange juice and fruit in background
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or buttermilk substitute (See Kelly's Notes)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. (There should be lumps in the batter.)
  • Place a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Grease it with oil. Drop dollops of the batter onto the hot pan. Once bubbles form, flip the pancakes once and continue cooking 1 to 2 more minutes until the pancakes are cooked throughout. Serve immediately with maple syrup or other toppings.

Kelly's Notes:

  • No buttermilk? No problem! Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then pour in milk (any variety) up to the "1 cup" mark. Stir the mixture then let it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly. Proceed with the recipe as directed.
  • Do not overmix the batter or the pancakes will be dense and flat rather than light and fluffy.
  • For an alternative to vegetable oil (and if bacon is on the menu), try cooking the pancakes in bacon grease. The flavor and texture is hard to beat.
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Calories: 305kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 395mg, Potassium: 388mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 385IU, Calcium: 203mg, Iron: 2.5mg

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  1. 4 stars
    We really enjoyed the taste of these pancakes, but they weren’t fluffy at all. They were (pardon the pun) as flat as pancakes. I followed your recipe exactly and can’t figure out what went wrong. I cooked them on an electric griddle between 300 – 325. I was feeding a large group so I used your recipe “calculator” to make 8 servings. Any ideas? Thanks so much

    1. Hi Shirley! It’s hard to say what might cause flat pancakes. Are your baking powder and soda fresh?

      1. Could it be that your batter was too wet? The batter should be thick enough that it drips rather than runs off the spoon and it should have some lumps still in it. But I’m glad they were still delicious! :)

  2. Your recipe, ‘Fluffly Buttermllk Pancake’ & Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancake’ are both favourite recipes-all thumbs up! Thank you much for sharing them. Very delicious!!!

    1. I’m so happy to read this, Bing! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipes :)

  3. 5 stars
    Yes tried this recipe. Very good. Actually have used it a few times now. Added apple and cinnamin once and added blueberries another time.

  4. We always use the leftover buttermilk from our Irish soda bread for pancakes! Lately, we’ve taken to making a batch of batter and cooking two big skillet pancakes instead of lots of small ones. Do you think that will work? We’re gonna find out this weekend!! Thanks for this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    These pancakes are delicious! Extremely light and fluffy! I highly recommend them, and all of Just a Taste’s recipes!

  6. These Pancakes are Delicious! Extremely light and fluffy! I highly recommend them, and all of Just a Taste´s recipes.
    – Darla Johnson

  7. 5 stars
    Best ever pancakes!!! Very light and fluffy!!! Just made them for Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday) supper! (Added a tsp of vanilla too.)

  8. 5 stars
    Made these this morning and they were a hit, even my picky husband liked them. Didn’t find them sweet and then i realized I forgot to add the 1 tbsp sugar and they were still super good! Will make these again for sure!

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