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Imagine waking up to the smell of homemade buttermilk pancakes — light, fluffy, and golden brown, just waiting to be drenched in your favorite syrup. Well, this buttermilk pancakes recipe for one turns that dream into reality. Perfect for a cozy weekend morning or a weekday breakfast treat, these pancakes offer mouthwatering perfection in every bite.

Looking for more delicious pancake recipes for one? We’ve got you covered! Our collection includes fluffy Classic Pancakes For One, naturally sweet Banana Pancakes For One, delicious, hands-off Small Batch Sheet Pan Pancakes, and even a convenient Small Batch Pancake Mix. With this variety, you’re sure to find the perfect single serving pancake recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Fluffy Texture: The combo of baking powder and baking soda offers maximum fluffiness.
  • Golden Goodness: Balanced leavening agents make for a beautiful golden brown color.
  • Rich Flavor: Buttermilk gives a tangy richness that elevates the pancake flavor.
  • Versatile: Easily customizable with your favorite add-ins like berries or chocolate chips.
  • Quick and Easy: A simple recipe that’s a breeze to make.
  • Buttermilk Pancakes For Two: Need more servings? Simply double the ingredients for a bigger batch.

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes: Single Serving!

Traditional pancakes are good, but buttermilk pancakes from scratch are amazing. The magical ingredient? Buttermilk! The acid in buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, making your pancakes super fluffy. These tiny bubbles are what make them so light and airy. Buttermilk also adds a bit of tangy flavor that regular milk can’t match.

Our recipe makes this buttermilk magic happen in a single serving. No more leftover batter or giant stacks you can’t finish. It’s perfect for busy mornings or when you just want a delicious, fluffy pancake.

Ingredients

ingredients in buttermilk pancakes on a kitchen counter.

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this single serving buttermilk pancakes recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

  • All-Purpose Flour: This is your go-to flour for pancakes, giving them a balanced structure and texture.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: These chemical leavening agents produce light, fluffy pancakes by creating air bubbles in the batter.
  • Sugar: More than just a sweetener, sugar also enhances texture and browning. It helps keep the pancakes soft by slowing down gluten development and gives them a crisp edge.
  • Salt: A pinch enhances the overall flavor of the pancakes.
  • Egg: A large egg is essential for structure, helping to trap air bubbles in the batter, which lets the pancakes rise. The yolk’s fat adds a rich flavor.
  • Buttermilk: The star ingredient for tanginess and fluffiness. It reacts with the baking soda for lift and softens the gluten for a tender texture. Got extra buttermilk? Use some in a mini Italian Cream Cake, Hush Puppies, or a mini Red Velvet Cake.
  • Melted Butter: Adds richness and moisture to the pancakes.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash elevates the flavor profile, making your pancakes truly irresistible.

Pro Tip: Buttermilk can be easily stored in the freezer for future use. Simply pour it into ice cube trays, allocating 1 tablespoon per cube. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer the cubes to a zip-top freezer bag. The best part? They’re pre-measured, so when you need buttermilk for a recipe, just grab the exact number of cubes you need, let them thaw, and they’re ready to go!

Recipe Variations

Looking to switch things up? These flavor-packed variations add a fun and delicious spin to your classic buttermilk pancakes.

  • Blueberry Pancakes: For each pancake, ladle the batter onto your preheated skillet or griddle, then scatter a handful of fresh blueberries over the top. Flip when it’s time, and you’ll have blueberry-infused pancakes.
  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Follow the same process as the blueberry variation, but this time sprinkle in some chocolate chips before you flip the pancake. You’ll get a sweet, gooey surprise in every bite.
  • Cinnamon Swirl: Mix a little cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl. Drizzle this blend onto the pancake batter in a swirl pattern before flipping. You’ll get a pancake with a built-in cinnamon roll vibe.

The Secret To Fluffy Pancakes

Here’s why baking powder and baking soda are essential for fluffy buttermilk pancakes:

  • Baking Powder: This ingredient starts working as soon as it hits the wet ingredients, creating lift. The heat during cooking gives it an extra boost.
  • Baking Soda: This reacts with the acidity in buttermilk, causing an immediate rise in the batter.

Using both together ensures your pancakes get the ultimate fluffy texture.

Bonus Tip: To make sure your baking powder and soda are fresh and effective, try these simple tests:

  • Baking Powder: Mix ½ teaspoon with ¼ cup hot water. If it fizzes briskly, it’s good! If not, replace it.
  • Baking Soda: Mix 1 tablespoon with a few tablespoons of vinegar. If it fizzes right away, you’re good to go. Time for a new box if there’s no reaction.
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How To Make Buttermilk Pancakes For One

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make pancakes with buttermilk. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small bowl and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
  1. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk together. Add the melted, cooled butter and vanilla and whisk to combine.
buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter in a mixing bowl on a counter.
  1. Pour the buttermilk and egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Pro Tip: Be cautious not to over-mix your pancake batter. Stir just until the flour is incorporated and you don’t see any dry patches. A few small lumps are totally fine and actually preferred. Overmixing activates the gluten in the flour, leading to pancakes that are chewy rather than light and fluffy.

  1. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush the pan with a neutral oil like vegetable, canola or avocado oil, or use a little melted butter.
  2. Once the pan is hot, pour in about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of batter.
pancake batter in a small skillet.
  1. When the edges look dry, and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surface of the pancake, flip it over. This takes 2 to 3 minutes. Once flipped, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.

Pro Tip: Many people flip the pancake too early, right when bubbles appear on the surface. Wait until those bubbles burst and leave open holes that stay put. For a sneak peek at the color, gently lift one edge of the pancake using a thin spatula. If it’s golden brown, it’s time to flip. To execute the flip, slide your thin spatula under the pancake, lift it slightly, and then swiftly rotate your wrist to turn it over.

one pancake cooking in a non stick skillet.

Note: Don’t fret if the first pancake isn’t Instagram-worthy; consider it your temperature gauge. If it’s too dark and the bubbles haven’t burst yet, you’ll want to lower the heat. On the other hand, if the pancake looks too light but the bubbles are popping, it’s a sign to slightly increase the heat.

  1. Remove the pancake from the skillet, add a little more oil or butter, and repeat until all of the batter is used.
  2. Enjoy warm with butter and syrup.
two buttermilk pancakes on a blue plate next to a glass of orange juice and a silver container of syrup.

Expert Tips

  • Read It First: Take a quick peek at the entire recipe before you start cooking, including the ingredient notes and process photos. This will give you a roadmap for making perfect buttermilk pancakes every time!
  • Keep the batter lumpy. Don’t stress about a few lumps in your batter! Just mix until there are no flour streaks, then stop. Overmixing can make your pancakes tough.
  • Use fresh ingredients: For the fluffiest pancakes, make sure your baking powder isn’t past its prime (check the “Fluffy Secret” section above for testing tips).
  • Measure ingredients correctly. Accurate measurements are key! To measure flour perfectly, fluff it up in its container with a spoon. Then, scoop flour into your dry measuring cup and heap it a bit. Use a knife to level the top with a smooth swipe. Don’t pack the flour in!
  • Batter Check: If your batter seems too thick, add a splash of buttermilk. Too thin? Stir in a spoonful or two of flour.
  • Flip the pancake once. Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface and the edges to look cooked before flipping. Patience here is key! Flipping too early can make your pancakes deflate.

Buttermilk Pancake Toppings: Sweet And Savory Inspiration

Elevate your homemade buttermilk pancakes with these irresistible topping options:

  • Salted Butter: The classic choice that melts right into your warm pancakes, making each bite richer.
  • 100% Maple Syrup: Skip the artificial stuff and opt for pure maple syrup for an authentic, woody sweetness.
  • Fresh Fruit: Consider blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries for a fresh, antioxidant-rich topping.
  • Sautéed Apples: Fry up some apple slices in a touch of cinnamon for a cozy, autumnal flavor.
  • Caramelized Bananas: Sliced bananas cooked in a brown sugar glaze until golden brown add a gourmet touch.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: For a protein-packed option, melt a dollop of peanut butter over your pancakes.

Storing And Reheating Buttermilk Pancakes

Made a whole stack and can’t finish it all? No problem! Leftover buttermilk pancakes can be saved and reheated for another delicious breakfast. Here’s how:

Storing Leftover Buttermilk Pancakes:

  • Airtight is Key: First things first, transfer your leftover pancakes to an airtight container. This will prevent them from drying out or absorbing any unwanted fridge smells.
  • Fridge Friendly: Pop the container in the refrigerator where your pancakes will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

Reheating Leftover Buttermilk Pancakes:

Warm in the Microwave: In a hurry? No worries! Microwaving is a quick and easy way to reheat your pancakes. Place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat them in short bursts of a few seconds at a time. Keep a close eye on them to avoid overdoing it, which can make them tough.

Warm in the Toaster Oven: Craving a bit of crispness on your reheated pancakes? The toaster oven is your friend! Preheat your toaster oven and arrange the pancakes on a baking sheet. Warm them up until they reach your desired level of toastiness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a good substitute for buttermilk?

Yes. You can easily whip up a homemade buttermilk substitute. Although this will result in a somewhat thinner batter due to the lesser thickness of the substitute, your pancakes will still taste amazing. To make your own buttermilk, combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with enough milk to reach the 1-cup level in a measuring cup. Let it sit for 10 minutes, stir, and it’s ready for your pancake mix.

Why aren’t my buttermilk pancakes fluffy?

Flat, dense pancakes are often the result of overmixing your batter. Stir just until the flour clumps are gone; a few small lumps are perfectly fine. Another culprit could be excessive flipping while cooking, which deflates the pancakes and makes them less fluffy.

Should I let the pancake batter rest before cooking?

It’s best not to wait. The leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda start working the moment they get wet, and their effectiveness diminishes over time. So, for the fluffiest outcome, make your pancakes soon after the batter is ready.

Can I use this recipe to make buttermilk pancakes for two?

Absolutely! If you’re cooking for more people or want extra pancakes for later, feel free to double the ingredients.

two pancakes with a fork filled with a piece of pancake on a blue plate resting on a silver tray.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Buttermilk Pancakes For One

5 from 12 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 pancakes
These are the best pancakes ever! A small batch of light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes made with pantry staples and ready in minutes.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter -melted, plus a little more for greasing the pan. You may use a neutral oil like canola, vegetable, or avocado oil instead.
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: butter, syrup, or berries
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Instructions 

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk together. Add the melted, cooled butter and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the buttermilk and egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
    Pro Tip: It's important not to over-mix the batter, stir until you no longer see clumps of flour. It is okay if the batter has small lumps. Overmixing causes the gluten to develop from the flour in the batter which will make the pancakes chewy instead of fluffy.
  • Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush the pan with a neutral oil like vegetable, canola or avocado oil, or use a little melted butter.
  • Once the pan is hot, pour in about ¾ cup of batter.
  • When the edges look dry, and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surface of the pancake, flip it over. This takes 2 to 3 minutes. Once flipped, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.
    Pro Tip: A common mistake is to flip the pancake as soon as you start to see bubbles, but you should only flip when those bubbles pop and form holes that remain open. I like to use a thin spatula to gently lift one side and peek underneath. If the pancake is golden brown, flip it and cook the other side. To flip the pancake, slide a thin spatula under the pancake, lift it a couple of inches, and then quickly turn your wrist to flip.
  • Remove the pancake from the skillet, add a little more oil or butter, and repeat until all of the batter is used.
  • Enjoy warm with butter and syrup.

Notes

  • Read It First: Take a quick peek at the entire recipe before you start cooking, including the ingredient notes and process photos. This will give you a roadmap for making perfect buttermilk pancakes every time!
  • Keep the batter lumpy. Don’t stress about a few lumps in your batter! Just mix until there are no flour streaks, then stop. Overmixing can make your pancakes tough.
  • Use fresh ingredients: For the fluffiest pancakes, make sure your baking powder isn’t past its prime (check the “Fluffy Secret” section above for testing tips).
  • Measure ingredients correctly. Accurate measurements are key! To measure flour perfectly, fluff it up in its container with a spoon. Then, scoop flour into your dry measuring cup and heap it a bit. Use a knife to level the top with a smooth swipe. Don’t pack the flour in!
  • Batter Check: If your batter seems too thick, add a splash of buttermilk. Too thin? Stir in a spoonful or two of flour.
  • Flip the pancake once. Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface and the edges to look cooked before flipping. Patience here is key! Flipping too early can make your pancakes deflate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancake, Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 798mg, Potassium: 178mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 339IU, Calcium: 226mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Wendy B. says:

    The only source of buttermilk around here sells it in gallon containers so I was peering in the fridge trying to think of a substitute and spotted the Greek yogurt. It made the batter thick, so perhaps subing it in at a 50:50 ratio with water for buttermilk might have worked better, but the pancakes were incredible. Light, fluffy, delicious. I used plain unsweetened, but I suppose any flavor could work if you like that flavor in your pancakes.

    Also, a hack for cutting down recipes: quail eggs. They are just like chicken eggs, but small. Six quail eggs equals one large chicken egg. So it’s child’s play to cut recipes in half. There’s no more wondering about how to use a third of an egg. Some places sell fresh quail eggs or you can grow your own.