Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Just like your favorite restaurant pancakes! Soft, fluffy and stacked high, these easy buttermilk pancakes are the perfect way to kick off your weekend. They’re my best-ever batch!

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Basic as this recipe may seem, it marks the end of my search for the ultimate buttermilk pancakes to end all pancakes. Sounds like a tall order to fill, and it has been! But these, my friends, are IT.

They’re the absolute best to ever hit my breakfast table –  so fluffy and soft, and perfect with a pad of butter and drizzle of maple syrup!

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See, I used to be horrible at pancakes. Something about such a simple bunch of ingredients slapped onto a griddle was just WAY beyond me. Still can’t explain it, but maybe it’s because when I cook I often multitask. Pancakes, you gotta watch closely!

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Enough years spent with the pancake master himself (my handsome hubby), and I’ve finally got it down. The patience, that is! A stack of these could make you weak in the knees, baby!

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You know how those breakfast diner pancakes are always just right – soft, fluffy and stacked high? Now you can have them at home!

Whip up a batch some lazy weekend morning and you’ll thank me. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, use the same amount of milk and a teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice – let sit for a few minutes. Voila, buttermilk!

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 pancakes


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil, plus 2 Tbsp. for pan


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat a shallow, nonstick pan to medium heat and add 2 Tbsp. oil. Ladle 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan, forming 4-inch circles. When the edges begin to bubble after 1-2 minutes, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown.

Cook pancakes on the other side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.


Adapted from Top Secret Recipes


22 Responses to “Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes”

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    Anonymous — January 18, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    I’ve got to make these this weekend. They look sooo delicious!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 18, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    These most definitely look like pancake perfection!

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    Ashley — January 18, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    haha I was completely awful at flipping pancakes for the longest time! These look delicious!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 18, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Oh, I want a big stack right now! They look perfectly light and fluffy!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 18, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Definitely a recipe everyone should make! Buttermilk pancakes are my favorite!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 18, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    I love love love eating pancake batter .Which is probably super bad for you. But these look amazing!

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    Paula — January 19, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Oh my gosh. Your photos are wanting me to whip up a batch of these right now!

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    Fit Missy — January 19, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    The pancakes look delicious.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 21, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    This reminds me that I don’t make pancakes often enough – and that should change soon! They do look perfect :)

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — January 22, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Buttermilk pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfast treats. These look so fluffy and golden.

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    Sarah Park — January 23, 2013 @ 5:44 am

    I love homemade buttermilk pancakes. This is a lot better than the ready-made one where you’ll just add water.

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    Jen — January 26, 2013 @ 5:04 am

    I always love seeing pancake posts because it is so stinking hard to photograph pancakes! I never would have understood until I tried, but they are my least favorite thing ever to try and capture on film. But oh how I love pancakes!

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    Anonymous — February 10, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Tried this recipie and this is hands down the best buttermilk pancakes. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jasmine Denise — February 10, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Doesn’t taste like IHOPE in my opinion, this recipe is BETTER!!! Thank you! :)

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    Hannah — April 12, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    We decided to do breakfast for dinner – we haven’t even finished cooking them yet and they’re the fluffiest, most delicious buttermilk pancakes we’ve ever tasted!

    ( and yes, there’s been a LOT of tasting :D)

    Thanks so much for sharing this fabulosity!!

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    Jessica — December 17, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    These are really good pretty sweet though, next time I’m going to use half the amount nof sugar.
    Also, I didn’t have buttermilk so I added a tbsp of vinegar to the milk and let it sit for a few minutes.

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    Vanessa — January 14, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    I made them and they were yummy!!
    Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Abby — February 22, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    I made these 4 times this week (refrigerated half the mix two mornings to use the next). I can say with all sincerity, this is by far the best pancake recipe I’ve ever used. And I’ve been on the hunt for a while! I subbed whole milk for the buttermilk simply because it’s what we had. So sweet, so fluffy, so perfect!!

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    Rismala — March 31, 2014 @ 6:32 am

    Just made this pancakes with some replacement ingredients according to what’s available in my refrigerator (milk instead of buttermilk and melted butter instead of canola oil), but the results were amazing…fluffy, sweet, and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nancy — September 21, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    If you don’t have buttermilk , it’s easy to make! 1 cup of milk or what where it calls for just add 2 tbps of lemon juice! This where the best pancakes I ever had ! Will be making these again!

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    Kimberly — January 5, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    I made these for lunch today and they were AMAZING!!!! Very soft and fluffy.

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    Bayard — June 19, 2015 @ 11:09 am

    Absolutely awesome! Way better than cracker barrel!

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