Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Over the years I have tried many pancakes.  I have enjoyed many varieties of pancakes including Chocolate Pancakes, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes, Pumpkin Patch Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes ,German Pancakes, German Apple Pancake, Sausage Peach Filled Puff Pancake , and Mini German Pancakes.  All of these have been fabulous.  However, I have yet to find that perfect regular old plain pancake recipe that I could turn to as my “go to recipe” when I need to.  Consequently,  I have relied on Hungry Jack and Lehi Roller pancake mixes to fill that spot up until now.

I think I have finally found the perfect plain old pancake recipe, thanks to Recipe Rhapsody.  Now Recipe Rhapsody actually got the recipe from Radishes and Rhubarb who adapted the recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  Here’s the funny thing.  I have that cookbook on my shelf with that recipe in it and never tried it.   Hello????   What was I thinking?????  So I must thank Recipe Rhapsody for making me aware of a wonderful recipe that I already had on my shelf.

Recipe Rhapsody posted the recipe on Thursday March 4 and I had to try it on Saturday March 6.  These pancakes looked exactly like what I was looking for.  I like a nice thick pancakes, not thin whimpy ones.  However, they can’t be heavy either.  I want thick yet fluffy pancakes and this recipe looked like it would produce pancakes just like that and it did!  They were perfection, exactly what I have been searching for in the perfect from scratch pancake.

Now, there are a few things you should know about this batter.  First, it will be a little lumpy.  Don’t let it scare you.  Second, the batter is very thick, and I mean thick.  We are talking more like cake batter or muffin batter.  There will be no pouring with this recipe.  If you want to add a little more buttermilk to thin it out a bit you can, but I didn’t.  I left it as is.

Then, since the batter is so thick, it will need a little spread from the back of a spoon in order to even out the batter.  The last thing is be careful when you flip these guys.  I find it works best to use a couple of frying pans to make them rather than a large electric skillet.  The frying pan allows you to tilt the pan as you flip the pancakes.  This is needed because since these babies are so thick, a little batter may splash as these guys get flipped over.  Now here is the recipe for my now “go to” plain pancake recipe.  LOVE IT!!!

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups well shaken buttermilk (you may need a little more if you want a thinner batter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in medium bowl.
  2. Add all wet ingredients (eggs, buttermilk, and oil) to a separate bowl and stir just until blended.
  3. Add the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients just until combined. Do not over mix, batter will be slightly lumpy.
  4. Lightly coat skillet with oil. Heat to medium low (I do one notch below medium).
  5. Drop ¼ cup of batter onto heated skillet. Use the back side of a spoon to help even out the batter.
  6. Cook on first side until bubbles begin to form on surface and underside is golden, about 2 minutes.
  7. Flip over and cook another 2 minutes until golden brown and center springs back when lightly touched.
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup and butter. Makes 10-12 pancakes.


picture of stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes

picture of stack and bite of fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Here is where you can really see the thick and fluffy goodness.

These are the original photos from this post. The above photo was updated in June 2015.

69 comments on “Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

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  • Thank+you+for+the+great+recipe!+We+just+recently+moved+to+another+country+where+I+can’t+get+our+favorite,+Hungry+Jack,+pancake+mix.+We+are+a+picky+bunch+when+it+comes+to+our+pancakes,+and+everyone+loved+them.+The+only+”problem”+I+had+was+my+batter+was+quite+thin+and+the+first+round+of+pancakes+were+delicious+but+flat.+I+added+an+additional+1/2+cup+of+flour,+and+they+were+nice+and+thick.+The+only+thing+I+did+different+from+your+recipe+was+since+buttermilk+is+not+available+here+I+added+lemon+juice+to+milk.+I+may+not+have+let+it+sit+long+enough+so+I’ll+definitely+make+that+correction+for+next+time.+They+had+a+great+flavor+though.

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  • I made these babys today I’ve tried other pancakes but never came out like these thanks they came out so fluffy and Delicious. I want a good Recipe For red velvet pancakes

  • The first few pancakes I made were really thin, and even though I sprayed the pan with cooking spray they stuck so that I couldn’t even flip them. I ended up having to scrape the pancakes off of the pan and throw them away. I then washed the pan, and stirred in more flour into the mix. After that the pancakes tasted pretty good, I topped them with peanut butter and I loved them.

  • U r in my bookmark…these were the bomb

  • I had to substitute milk with vinegar for buttermilk, but will try this again when buttermilk is in the fridge. Delicious recipe. I use melted butter in place of oil because I like the flavor. Once the butter cools, I mix egg yolks into butter and then add that to the milk with a tiny bit of vanilla extract. Lastly I whip the egg whites and gently fold it into the mix at the end.

  • Made these with 100% WW flour. Increased the baking powder to 3 tsp and increased the baking soda to 1.5 tsp. Added a bit of melted butter instead of oil. Increased the buttermilk to 2.5 cups. My family loved them! They were not nearly as fluffy, but they were light and tasty and soaked up the maple syrup and butter. Yum!

  • Tried these babies out this morning the kids just loved them. I clarified the butter and let it soak in, to die for.

  • I found this recipe a few years ago and love it! It’s my go to recipe. Making them as I type this!

    • We are making these right now for the first time and all 5 of my kids (ages 2, 4, 6, 8 & 9) LOVE them! It also helps that we made them snowman shaped tis the season!!! Thank you for sharing this gets 10 thumbs up!!! Now that serious success in my house!!!

    • Thank you!
      I had a wonderful pancake recipe which I lost and for the past 5 years have not found the perfect pancake until today. I just whipped up a batch, and my, are they fluffy!
      I don’t normally purchase buttermilk, so whenever a recipe calls for buttermilk I substitute. I add a cap full of vinegar per cup of milk, give it a couple of stirs and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before use. If it’s not thickened much (consistency of buttermilk) I add a bit more vinegar.
      I reduced sugar to 4 tsp and added a cap full of vanilla.

      And, I know this sounds crazy, but you just have to try a dollop of sour cream with your favorite jam mixed on top of your pancake. It tastes WAYY better than butter and syrup

  • Great recipe! I substituted coconut oil for the vegetable oil and the pancakes were delicious. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. The pancakes looked just like the pictures. This recipe is a keeper.

  • Great recipe. I have replaced it with what I have been using for 25 yrs. I did use half cup of butter instead of the oil..Other that, stuck to it. Thanks for sharing! Making them for a 3rd time in a week for Father’s Day.

  • I thought these pancakes were a wonderful start. They really did have a wonderful texture and consistency….thick and fluffy, as promised! My only complaint is that they were a bit bland tasting for me. In our house we eat our pancakes plain of with maybe just a sprinkling of powdered sugar, not slathered in syrup. I think next time I would add some vanilla, or maybe a bit more sugar….or use butter instead of oil? A great base recipe…but something was missing!

  • Best pancakes I have ever made. So fluffy and light. Hands down my go to family pancake recipe.

  • These are the worst, most disgusting pancakes i have ever tasted in my whole life! i do not recomend!!!!!!!!!! bloody awful.

  • I loved this recipe! I thought It had the reminiscent taste of a soft pretzel, my husband thought I was delusional, but either way it was a good tasting pancake. I changed the recipe slightly due to lack of ingredients and also health benefits. I used Morton’s Kosher Salt instead of regular table salt and I only had 1 cup of buttermilk so I substituted the last cup with plain old milk. I also changed the sugar to honey and the vegetable oil to olive oil (much healthier). Since I am still singing the recipes praises, I am to assume that these changes did not affect the outcome of the pancake too greatly. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I’ve made these twice and they are wonderful. Very light and fluffy. I can’t wait to try them with blueberries! This will also be my “go to” recipe for pancakes from here on out. I also have that Better Homes cookbook. Maybe need to check in out. Some of those older recipes are really good. I know I have gotten some really good recipes from the old Betty Crocker Cookbooks. Thanks for the reminder to do that and for sharing this scrumptious recipe for pancakes!

  • Wow! I have been searching for 6 years now for the perfect buttermilk pancake recipe for my Husband. Being a scratch cake baker myself, I’ve often been perplexed at how difficult it is to find a good pancake recipe that stays lofty upon removing from heat! I was hesitant to make these because of the oil inclusion instead of butter, but I am forever grateful I did because these are the holy grail of all pancakes! Finally, finally! Thank you Real Mom!

  • If you like thick, fluffy, light pancakes, this is the recipe for you. My family thinks these are the best. I know I’ll make them again.

  • These pancakes are really the best if you like thick and light. I do!! My family thought they were the best. I know I’ll be making these again and again.

  • Your pancakes are beautiful!! Is there a reason you use oil in the batter instead of butter? Does it make a difference to the texture? Thanks!!

  • I have been trying for years to make the perfect pancakes and now I have thanks to you! Followed the recipe twice now and these are almost foolproof. They come out thick, fluffy, golden and thoroughly cooked. No more too thin or not cooked in the middle pancakes for me. My husband said they were even better than his favorite Ihop ones. 😀

  • Great pancakes my favorite thanks

  • I love, love, love this recipe. I have searched and search for a great pancake recipe and I found this one. The pancakes are light and fluffy and just amazing! Thank you so much.

  • Add peanut butter and chocolate chips…. awesome sweet breakfalunch

  • These pancakes were amazing, I added a little water because they were a little thick and I freeze left overs so the kids will have some during the week. My children are the big pancake eaters, and they devoured so many I thought they were going to explode..

  • These weren’t that good.. thought I should try them since they’re kinda similar to my favorite pancake recipe but they turned out to be really ugly..
    Sure you can eat them but they’re not as good as the real flully buttermilk pancakes.


    These make me the favorite person on Sunday mornings 🙂

    • These are the best pancakes! I have searched long and hard for a good recipe – light and fluffy is the word!! Follow her directions in this recipe and you won’t go wrong! Delectable!! Thanks for sharing!
      I put blueberries in mine and they turned out wonderful! 🙂

  • These were horrible! I’m not sure what I did wrong, but the ended up flat, dense discs with an overwhelming buttermilk flavor. Tossed the pancakes and the recipe.

  • I just made these today and love them!! I was a bit worried when I saw how thick the batter was, thinking it would make heavy pancakes, but they were nice and light. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe. 🙂

  • I had a fourth of a box of Hungry Jack Buttermilk i didn’t even bother , whipped (then walked away) up a batch of these pancakes I substituted with just a Tbls. of extra virgin olive oil a bit heavier and and blends a bit more evenly i didn’t have to use as much oil either. Sprayed the medium hot pan with an olive oil non stick spray wiped with the same paper towel after each batch no need to oil after each with extra calories . Still had nice evenly brown fluffy cakes with a bit of butter and warmed maple syrup. All I have to say is mmm Hubby says they tasted like his Grandma’s 😉

  • It’s easy to make your own healthy and fluffy homemade Denny’s flannel cakes with this easy-to-follow Denny’s flannel cake formula with healthy ingredients, such as Graham and Canola, served with a dollop of cream cheese and unadulterated maple syrup or beloved , or create your ain healthy battercake toppings.

  • I made this just now and added a little cinnamon, it was delicious 🙂 Doesn’t even need syrup!

  • I have been on the search for a great old fashion pancake recipe. These are my favorite pancakes thus far. They are the perfect texture and flavor for me. I add a little vanilla because I love the add flavor boost. YUMMY!


  • These are fantastic! I made them the other day added a little vanilla, loved them…. The batter is thick but the pancake comes out so tender. I usually make up a whole batch and let them sit for a few minutes in my tortilla warmer so that they soften and steam a little, before I serve them. Thanks for this one it’s a keeper!

  • LOL–I saw that your blog referred 42 people to mine today and I had to click it to see what was up! Yours are so gorgeous and I love your pics on the pretty blue plate–esp the one with the syrup drizzling down the sides. mmmmm. Glad you made them and enjoyed them!

  • My mouth is watering…

  • Oh that’s a great recipe… I’ve used the same one for over thirty years from my good old Betty Crocker Cookbook – dogeared and splattered! My kids won’t tolerate any other recipe. And they can TELL when I don’t use real buttermilk (aka – soured milk)

  • Pictures look great. Thanks for the mention:)

  • these look delicious, and that plate is just beautiful 🙂

  • I LOVE thick pancakes! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • The oil is for the batter, then additional oil is needed to cook with. I clarified that in the recipe now.

  • They look beautiful, perfectly fluffy. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  • Do you use the oil in this recipe just for the skillet, or do you add it to the batter?

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