These delicious buttermilk recipes are the best way to use up a carton of buttermilk if you have one sitting in the fridge! The recipes range from sweet desserts, to fluffy breakfast recipes, to crispy fried chicken, and more! Sweet or savory, one of these buttermilk recipes is sure to satisfy your cravings!
The Best Buttermilk Recipes
Buttermilk is a key ingredient in many incredible comfort foods. It makes our favorite comfort foods fluffier, richer, creamier, and it can even help tenderize meat!
With so many unique uses for buttermilk, I chose a few of the best buttermilk recipes to try at home. These recipes are a great way to use up the rest of a carton of buttermilk, and they might turn into a new family-favorite!
- The Best Buttermilk Recipes
- 1. Fried Chicken
- 2. Oven Fried Catfish
- 3. Railway Cake
- 4. Sheet Pan Pancakes
- 5. Calamari
- 6. Jiffy Jalapeno Cornbread
- 7. Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones
- 8. Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 9. Apple Cider Pancakes
- 10. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
- 11. Apple Oatmeal Muffins
- 12. Raspberry Crepes
- 13. Thick Fluffy Japanese Style Pancakes
- 14. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 15. Lemon Strawberry Bread with Lemon Zest Icing Recipe
- 16. Strawberry Buttermilk Crepes Recipe
- 17. Strawberry Shortcake
- 18. Cheddar Bacon Chive Biscuits
- 19. Buttermilk Pancakes
- 📋 Recipe
1. Fried Chicken
Buttermilk is the secret ingredient to incredible fried chicken. A coating of buttermilk adds flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender.
I like to use the whole chicken so everyone can choose their preferred piece, but you could also make a whole batch of just drumsticks, wings, thighs, or whatever you like!
2. Oven Fried Catfish
Oven fried catfish is a great healthy alternative to traditional deep frying. You still get the crisp outer coating but with none of the grease!
A quick dunk in some buttermilk before battering is what gives you that flaky, tender inside while the outside keeps its crunch!
3. Railway Cake
This slightly sweet soda bread is spotted with bits of fruit (hence the name). It is an Irish classic that can be served right alongside dinner, or as a dessert!
It is a great recipe for St. Patrick's day, but there's no reason you can't enjoy it year-round!
4. Sheet Pan Pancakes
Skip flipping flapjacks and opt for these easy sheet pan pancakes instead! They are fluffy and delicious like normal pancakes, but in half the time!
If you are having breakfast guests, or simply have a large family, sheet pan pancakes are a quick and easy way to feed a crowd.
You may be surprised to see calamari on this list but here it is! The pieces of squid are soaked in a buttermilk bath for up to 24 hours before frying.
The acid in the buttermilk softens the calamari until it is perfectly tender. Then you just deep fry them until they are nice and crispy on the outside!
6. Jiffy Jalapeno Cornbread
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, cornbread is delicious any time of day! The addition of sliced jalapenos, diced bell pepper, and cheddar cheese gives this cornbread some extra flavor!
It's perfect for dunking in soup, soaking up sauces, or slathering in butter. There is just enough spice, but not so much that it is overwhelming.
7. Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones
If you like something a little sweet in the mornings, these blueberry cream cheese scones are the way to go. Buttermilk gives them a buttery, crumbly texture that is hard to resist!
Best of all, they are an easy breakfast to grab while running out the door!
8. Homemade Ranch Dressing
Ranch out of a bottle is good but nothing compared to homemade buttermilk ranch! Make your own ranch dressing from scratch to use for salads, dipping, or drizzling on whatever you like.
It's so rich and creamy, you may never go back to the store-bought version!
9. Apple Cider Pancakes
Apple cider pancakes are one of my all-time favorite fall breakfast recipes. They are packed with the spiced flavor you expect from apple cider and topped with fresh fried apples.
Did I mention the caramel apple cider syrup? Seriously, they are as good as they sound.
10. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
This Irish soda bread only requires 4 ingredients, and one of them is buttermilk! If you are new to bread making, this recipe is perfect for you.
There is no kneading or yeast involved in this easy bread recipe. Anyone can make it!
11. Apple Oatmeal Muffins
A batch of apple oatmeal muffins makes an easy on-the-go breakfast for the whole family! As far as muffins go, these are pretty healthy and will keep you full until lunch time.
12. Raspberry Crepes
Take this classic French dish up a notch with some sweet and tart raspberry filling. They look beautifully elegant on a plate, and they are so easy to make!
The velvety raspberry whipped cream filling is nothing short of heavenly. Try these raspberry crepes the next time you are hosting brunch!
13. Thick Fluffy Japanese Style Pancakes
Japanese style pancakes may take a few extra minutes to cook, but the wait is well worth it! Tell your family you are making pancakes, then serve them up a plate of these jumbo-sized hotcakes and watch the shock and awe.
The combination of buttermilk and Japanese mayonnaise is the key to getting the light and fluffy texture of these pancakes. Don't worry, you can make your own version of the mayo at home in minutes!
14. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Not only do bananas keep this cake nice and moist, but so does buttermilk! It's one of my favorite recipes for using up browning bananas (and banana bread of course).
Slather some velvety cream cheese frosting on top and you have a simple dessert the whole family will love!
15. Lemon Strawberry Bread with Lemon Zest Icing Recipe
The bright citrus flavor of this lemon strawberry bread will make your mouth water. Buttermilk makes the bread so soft and fluffy, but my favorite part is the sweet and citrussy lemon zest icing!
16. Strawberry Buttermilk Crepes Recipe
Crepes made with buttermilk are so soft they practically melt in your mouth. They make a fabulous breakfast or brunch any day of the week!
Follow my recipe and top them with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream, or add your favorite fruit!
17. Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcakes just scream summertime with the fluffy whipped cream and fresh, sliced berries. The most important part, however, is the tender buttermilk biscuit base that holds it all together!
18. Cheddar Bacon Chive Biscuits
These buttermilk biscuits are delightfully tender and flaky while also being filled to the brim with crisp bacon, melted cheddar, and fresh chives! They are super easy to throw together and only take 15 minutes to cook.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, cheddar bacon chive biscuits are never a bad choice!
19. Buttermilk Pancakes
Even if you have never baked or cooked with buttermilk, you have heard of buttermilk pancakes. They are one of the most classic uses of buttermilk, and that's because they are delicious!
A fluffy stack of golden-brown buttermilk pancakes is the perfect way to start any day!
We hope one of these buttermilk recipes was exactly what you were looking for! If we didn't mention one of your favorite buttermilk recipes, let us know in the comments so we can give it a try!
Best Buttermilk Recipes: Buttermilk Pancakes (+More Great Dishes To Make!)
- Whisk together the all-purpose flour, confectioners sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, beaten eggs, and melted butter - along with optional vanilla extract or maple syrup.2 cups all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup confectioners sugar, 2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs, ¼ cup butter, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or maple syrup
- Combine your pancake batter by pouring the wet mixture into the dry mixture, then stirring just enough to incorporate all of the ingredients into a lumpy batter. Do not over-mix. Once combined, set aside for 15 minutes on the counter.
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan, skillet, or griddle to medium (to medium-low) heat, then use vegetable oil and a basting brush to evenly coat the cooking surface.
- Scoop or ladle the mixture onto the heated skillet or griddle in heaping ¼ cup scoop portions. Cook each pancake until both sides are golden brown, flipping the pancakes when the bubbles on the surface are burst.
- Serve immediately with your favorite syrups, fruit, or toppings.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!