The 35 Best Buttermilk Recipes To Try At Home

Buttermilk is an underestimated ingredient which a lot of people don’t think about.

In fact, you can use buttermilk in a wide variety of dishes that are both sweet and savory.

The 35 Best Buttermilk Recipes To Try At Home

From fried chicken to biscuits or pancakes, there is so much that you can do with buttermilk. 

In this article, we have put together 35 of the best buttermilk recipes that you ought to try for yourself at home. 

1. Homemade Buttermilk

Why not learn how to produce your own buttermilk before beginning to experiment with recipes that incorporate it.

It is incredibly quick, simple, and inexpensive. You’ll never need to buy buttermilk again, after making your own. 

You only need a few minutes, some milk, and some vinegar. After combining the two components, let the mixture rest for around 5 minutes.

Although, if you don’t have any vinegar, both lime and lemon juice are effective.

2. Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Everyone is aware that the perfect fried chicken consists of two components: a skin that is incredibly crispy and golden, as well as juicy, soft, and tasty meat.

This recipe helps you to create the best fried chicken ever, using a buttermilk marinade.

The buttermilk helps to add a lot of flavor to the chicken while also tenderizing it at the same time. 

This recipe will take a bit of time, but the results are definitely worth it!

3. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are incredibly soft and fluffy.

Therefore, these buns make the most delicious coffee-based breakfast.

It is the buttermilk that helps to set these rolls apart from your typical cinnamon rolls.

Also, this recipe is idle if you want to make your cinnamon rolls ahead of time. 

These soft, sticky rolls that are crammed with a lot of cinnamon are extremely tasty. Hence, anyone with a sweet tooth in your family will enjoy them.

4. Chicken And Dumplings

Are you a little upset? Chicken and dumplings are the ultimate comfort food when you are sad.

Since it was created, this hearty soup has not once failed to cheer up even the saddest of people.

Inside, a hearty stew, are buttermilk dumplings and roasted chicken.

The method is incredibly simple to create chive flavored and fluffy dumplings. The soup itself is just as easy to create as well.

5. Buttermilk Cornbread

This cornbread is incredibly moist and delicious. It has the ideal flavor balance for your taste buds because it is savory with a tiny bit of sweetness.

This is a moist and fluffy side dish that usually goes unnoticed, but this recipe will help you to shine a light on this delicious dish.

Try it with butter and honey as well, although it tastes fantastic on its own!

6. Texas Sheet Cake

Texas sheet cake is a rich, gooey and creamy chocolate cake with a chocolate pecan frosting on top.

Every chocolate lover’s dream comes true! The size of this cake, in addition to its palate-tingling flavor and texture, makes it perfect for gatherings.

This recipe is simple to make, with step-by-step directions. It truly is 100% the finest chocolate cake you will ever taste.

7. Buttermilk Coleslaw

The next course is a familiar and beloved side dish. A crisp, creamy coleslaw goes well with practically any main course.

There isn’t anything coleslaw doesn’t go well with, including fried chicken, burgers, BBQ and sandwiches.

This coleslaw is made beautifully rich by the buttermilk, which also gives it a slight tang to balance the flavor.

In addition to that, it will only use a handful of ingredients, but you can customize this recipe to include your favorite coleslaw ingredients.

8. Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

The most beautiful flavor combination is produced when buttermilk and lemon are combined.

You can make sherbet out of them for the ideal summer dessert (see also ‘27 Easy Mini-Desserts Recipes‘).

The best part is that this sour dessert just needs three basic components: sugar, buttermilk, and lemons. It’s both straightforward and amazing.

9. Buttermilk Cake

Rich and creamy buttermilk is used to flavor this incredibly smooth and moist cake.

Additionally, it has a sweet glaze on top, to help make it even more moist and tender.

The vanilla and buttermilk work really well together, but this cake has a more vanilla flavor than buttermilk. The buttermilk helps with the texture of the cake. 

This rich buttermilk cake makes a fantastic afternoon snack when paired with coffee or tea.

10. Strawberry Buttermilk Crêpes

Making these elegant and thin buttermilk crêpes for your breakfast is fairly simple.

Additionally, these crêpes can be topped and filled with any item that comes to mind.

For the filling and topping, this recipe specifies strawberries and whipped cream, but you can substitute any fruit of your choice.

All the ingredients needed you should already have in your cupboards at home.

Due to these crêpes being so thin, they will only take around 2 minutes to cook. Thus, you will have crêpes for breakfast in no time.

11. Lemon Buttermilk Ice

You must try this dish if you’re a fan of the Korean delicacy Patbingsu, which is a dessert made with shaved ice.

It’s a great way to stay cool on a hot summer’s day.

You get the perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and tangy flavors This shaved ice is only made with ingredients including buttermilk, sugar, lemon and cream.

12. Buttermilk Brownies

 Want to improve your brownies in some way? Aim to include buttermilk! You won’t ever have them again in a different way.

These brownies are so fluffy and with a fudge-like texture. In 30 minutes, you can easily create these rich and sweet brownies (see also ‘28 Delicious Brownie Mix Recipes‘).

Then you can apply a layer of rich chocolate icing on top, which makes them even better.

One word of caution: you cannot eat just two of these brownies because they are so delicious.

13. Fried Okra

Fried okra that is golden and crispy is the highlight of southern cuisine.

These okra bites, are deep-fried to perfection. They have been covered in a cornmeal and buttermilk batter.

This is a wonderful and traditional dish to be presented as a side dish or an appetizer.

14. Orecchiette With Buttermilk, Peas, And Pistachios

Buttermilk gives this springtime pasta dish its zing and creamy texture.

The buttermilk is used in the sauce to help add acidity to the dish that balances out the sweet peasant rich cheese and butter found in the dish.

This may become your new favorite and healthy pasta dish.

15. Buttermilk Waffles

This dish is a must-try if you’re more of a waffle person than a pancake person.

These buttermilk waffles have an absurdly crisp outside and a soft, fluffy interior. In just under an hour you can create  soft, thick, and delicious waffles. 

These waffles are the ideal way to start the day when drizzled with maple syrup, slathered with butter or served alongside fried chicken.

16. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

With this buttermilk ranch dressing (see also ‘12 Of The Very Best Store-Bought Ranch Dressings Available Today‘), you can give your crackers or chips a creamy partner.

It not only makes a fantastic dip, but also a fantastic salad dressing.

Sour cream, lemon juice, garlic and buttermilk  come together to provide the most lovely dressing that you will want to create again and again.

17. Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

Buttermilk sugar cookies are already incredibly delicious, soft and will just melt-in-your-mouth.

Making them pretty hard to resist. These sugar cookies are a true masterpiece since they are covered in a creamy buttermilk vanilla frosting and decorated with vibrant sprinkles.

With just a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, making this buttermilk biscuit is really quick and simple.

18. Buttermilk Onion Rings

Looking for a crunchy, crisp dish to present at your upcoming gathering?

Make some traditional buttermilk onion rings for your friends and family, since nothing beats the classics.

This beloved Southern treat has a lovely crisp outside and a soft, sweet interior.

Thanks to being soaked in buttermilk and then doubled dipped in flour. 

A silky dipping sauce should be served with it to create an enticing party treat.

19. Smoked Fish Chowder With Buttermilk

Buttermilk, which gives the creamy broth brightness, and smoked fish are used in this chowder recipe.

In addition, the buttermilk gives the dish additional flavor without adding extra work.

This dish would be great for a dinner party (see also ‘27+ Dessert Ideas For A Dinner Party Dessert‘) or cooked ahead of time and served during the week.

20. Bundt Cake

A sticky and sweet lemon icing is placed on top of the insanely soft bundt cake.

The lemon balances out the sweetness that comes from the buttermilk in the cake.

For those who enjoy dessert for breakfast, this is ideal! Cakes made with buttermilk are so soft they practically melt in your mouth.

21. Chlodnik Soup

Chlodnik is a traditional Polish soup, which usually consists of pickled beets, radish, cucumber, sour cream and buttermilk.

The substitute for gazpacho has a great harmony of tastes and textures. It’s delightfully creamy, cool, and refreshing.

Even though chilled buttermilk soup seems unusual, it tastes amazingly nice, especially on scorching summer afternoons.

Also, it only takes a minimum amount of effort to create, as no cooking is involved.

22. Buttermilk Fudge

Buttermilk fudge has a great caramel-like sweetness and tang to it. You won’t be able to resist the lovely harmony that the tastes provide.

The consistency of this fudge only adds to how amazing it is. This fudge is so soft that it melts in your tongue.

This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients or any special equipment.

It takes just over an hour to create this mouth watering fudge, that you can customize with various flavors or keep it plain.

23. Buttermilk Fried Green Tomatoes

This helped you to create fantastically golden, crisp, and delicious fried tomatoes.

The rich buttermilk batter pairs wonderfully with the sour and acidic tomatoes.

This recipe is so simple to create that it should only take you a few minutes, but these are a great alternative for onion rings or as a side dish.

24. Buttermilk Donuts

These donuts that are soft and pillow-like have a delicious sugar glaze on top of them.

You’ll believe that these donuts are fresh from the bakery due to how delicious they are.

The dough is really easy to work with and within an hour you will create your own batch of donuts.

The buttermilk helps with the soft texture and adds that natural sweetness to the dough as well.

25. Cracker Barrel Pancake Recipe

The greatest buttermilk pancakes are these imitation Cracker Barrel pancakes.

With just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes, you can make fresh pancakes on the griddle.

All the ingredients you need you will be able to find in your cupboards at home.

In the end, you will have thick and fluffy pancakes that have a slightly buttery taste.

26. Oatmeal Muffins

Buttermilk oatmeal muffins are extremely filling and rich. The oats give the muffins a nice chewy texture that contrasts beautifully with how crumbly they are.

These muffins have  brown sugar and buttermilk flavor that you will love.

27. Southern Style Chess Pie

Chess pie is a rich, creamy buttermilk pie with a hint of lemon flavor for a little zest.

Although the name’s origin is unknown, many people think it is derived from the cheese pie.

This dessert is a cheesecake-like pie with a buttery crust and a custard inside.

When whipped cream is added on top, this thick, creamy chess pie tastes even more wonderful!

28. Crème Fraîche

Do your soup, stew, or sauce call for crème fraiche, but you entirely forget to pick it up on your most recent grocery store run?

You can create your own crème fraîche with just buttermilk and whipping cream. 

Making crème fraîche at home couldn’t be easier. Just blend cream with a little buttermilk, cover it, and let it sit at room temperature for around 12 hours.

29. Buttermilk Bread

With a couple of basic ingredients and a bread machine, you can create this simple recipe.

This bread, which has been infused with buttermilk, makes it incredibly tasty and soft.

The smell of this freshly baked bread will fill your house, and the whole family will want to try what you have created.

However, if you don’t have a bread machine, you can make this buttermilk by hand as well.

30. Carbquik Biscuits

Carbquik biscuits are low-carb buttermilk biscuits that are hearty and flavorful. Although that might seem improbable, it is true.

These biscuits are made with buttermilk and Carbquik. Then guilt-free biscuits, which contain only 2 grams of carbs.

In only 15 and with 6 ingredients, you can create a batch of healthy yet delicious buttermilk biscuits. It doesn’t matter whether you eat them plain or slather them in butter.

31. Buttermilk Pound Cake

Popularity of classic pound is due to these cakes being  incredibly tasty, tender, and moist.

This recipe is quite basic, but acts as a great canvas for you to add your own flavorings to suit your style and taste. 

For instance, you may add zest and extract to the batter. Or you can decide to glaze or ice your cake with your topping of choice.

32. Buttermilk Panna Cotta

This panna cotta’s sweetness is countered by buttermilk, which also maintains its ideal, light-and-jiggly texture.

Vanilla bean paste adds lovely flecks to each panna cotta, but vanilla extract works just as well.

You can eat it plain or add candied fruits or fennel seeds to add a more grown up flavor to this dessert.

33. Buttermilk And Berry Ice Cream

To avoid the summer heat, try this simple five-ingredient ice cream.

This ice cream has berries, brown sugar, and maple flavors. It is also delightfully sweet and perfectly creamy.

However, that isn’t the best part. This berry infused ice cream is not only flavorful but also gluten-free, vegetarian, and low in salt. It also will only take you 30 minutes to create as well.

34. Buttermilk Scones

Buttermilk scones are buttery, flaky, and wonderfully tasty.

These  scones are ideal to be used with butter, jam, and jellies. In just 15 minutes, you can create a batch of these light and flaky scones.

35. Buttermilk Milkshake

It is unbelievably delicious and thick, creamy, and rich. This buttermilk shake, which uses strawberries (see also our favorite strawberry desserts), is just wonderful to drink.

The best part is that all you need is buttermilk, your berries of choice, vanilla, and sugar.


Buttermilk can be used for both sweet and sour dishes, making this a really versatile ingredient to have in your cupboards.

We have given you. 35 of the best buttermilk recipes that you need to try for yourself at home. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Buttermilk Better Than Milk In Baking?

Compared to using milk, buttermilk makes a cake more moist.

They  are moisture, because the acid in buttermilk interacts with the gluten and other components in your cake. 

Can You Taste Buttermilk In Your Dish?

Although it has a mildly acidic and tangy flavor, it gives your baked goods (see also ‘23 Delicious And Easy To Make Bisquick Recipes‘) greater depth.

Thus, it helps enhance the flavors that you are cooking with. 

Is Buttermilk Healthier Than Heavy Cream?

While both buttermilk and heavy cream are common milk products used in a range of cooking methods, including baking.

Buttermilk is known to have lower fat content than heavy cream. Making it slightly healthier than heavy cream.

The 35 Best Buttermilk Recipes To Try At Home

The 35 Best Buttermilk Recipes To Try At Home

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