12 Recipes to Use Up Buttermilk

Buttermilk adds a tangy delicious flavor to baked goods, dressings, and even savory dishes. Don't let a single drop go to waste. Instead use it up with one of these fantastic recipes!

Buttermilk is known for its tangy goodness and it always seems to add a creamy richness to sweet and savory dishes. Recipes generally don’t call for a ton of buttermilk so there’s almost always a portion leftover you’re trying to figure out how to use.

Well, you’ve come to the right place for all your leftover buttermilk problems! We have some delightful recipes to help you use up every ounce of that precious liquid.

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Easy waffle recipe served on a round plate with maple syrup

We have a tried and true method for making sure your waffles are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Add a little tang from the buttermilk and you’ll have some happy taste buds!

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes from Scratch

If you’re not into waffles (don’t worry, we can still be friends), then go the pancake route! Buttermilk is a key ingredient in make sure these pancakes are as fluffy as ever.

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Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie

Why wait for Independence Day?! This sweet custard pie is topped with plain whipped cream and berries! The tartness from the berries balances out the sweetness from the custard which means you get the best of both worlds.

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Southern Biscuits with White Lily Flour - hands holding a plate of biscuits

These biscuits have simple ingredients, but we have all the best tips and tricks on how to make sure your biscuits are practically perfect in every way.

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Who needs the bottled stuff when all it takes is 5 minutes and simple ingredients to make the world’s best dressing?

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Best Fried Chicken Recipe With Buttermilk

Our fried chicken gets a nice long buttermilk bath. Why? Because the acidity in the buttermilk helps tenderize the chicken which means it’ll stay tender when you fry it!

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Buttermilk Pudding

This pudding is sweet (but not too sweet!), super creamy, and has a sunny tang that will keep you coming back for more!

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Pasta Salad with Corn and Bacon

Make this recipe using corn kernels from your freezer and pasta from your pantry for a quick and easy lunch. Pro tip: Prep all your ingredients while the pasta is cooking!

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Healthy oatmeal pancakes stacked high on a whie plate drizzeled with maple syrup and topped with raspberries.

These pancakes are gluten-free thanks to oat flour and are sweetened with honey. Go ahead and make an extra batch because they’re freezer-friendly too!

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Gluten Free Biscuits

Another tasty biscuit recipe that uses buttermilk? Yes! Except this one is gluten-free! It’s the perfect weekend baking project.

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Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Have you ever marinated pork in buttermilk? Turns out, it’s one of the best things that could ever happen to pork! It infuses a little tang while the panko gives a little crunch!

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Chicken Avocado Salad

This is the lunchtime salad of your dreams. It uses up leftover buttermilk ranch dressing AND leftover chicken. Serve it with a hunk of garlic toast and call it good.

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  1. Frank

    If you have a yogurt maker and enough to make it worthwhile, you can also make quark.

  2. WHStoneman

    Here in the south, we never have to “use up” buttermilk….LOL.

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