Vicky Wasik.

Our very own Daniel Gritzer is notorious for downing a glass of tangy buttermilk any time he can get his hands on it. If that’s how you prefer to consumer buttermilk, then you may not even need this list! Just a recipe for how to make buttermilk. But if you’re looking for other ways to use the dairy product—either because you need to finish what you have or you’re looking to incorporate it into more of your cooking—then we’ve got 23 buttermilk recipes for you. From starters and sides to mains and desserts, there’s a little something for everyone!

Starters and Sides

The Food Lab’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Liz Voltz

A few simple techniques and some extra folding make the flakiest biscuits.

Moist and Tender Brown Butter Cornbread

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

This recipe yields moist and tender cornbread with lots of corn flavor.

Buttermilk Hushpuppies

Yvonne Ruperti

These fried nuggets of cornmeal batter are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits With Garlic and Cheddar

Photograph: Vicky Wasik. Video: Natalie Holt

Buttermilk biscuits are the perfect partner for chowders and stews.

Charcoal Chimney–Grilled Sugar Snap Peas With Buttermilk-Dill Dressing

Vicky Wasik

The intense heat of a charcoal chimney starter will blister sugar snap peas without overcooking them, making them an ideal match for a buttermilk-dill dressing.

Tangy Buttermilk Coleslaw

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Not counting salt and pepper, you only need seven extra things from the supermarket for this recipe, aside from the buttermilk you probably already have.


Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Serious Eats / Mateja Zvirotic Andrijanic

These pancakes are extra light and fluffy with a classic buttery flavor and golden brown, crisp tops and bottoms.

Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles

Vicky Wasik

Buttermilk adds a nice tang to these waffles.

Seared Scallops With Buttermilk Beurre Blanc

Vicky Wasik

Sweet and tender scallops snuggle up with a twist on a classic French beurre blanc, using orange juice and buttermilk in place of the standard white wine and vinegar.

Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken With Caramelized Honey and Spice

Vicky Wasik

Inspired by Popeyes, this fried chicken has that signature airy crust of rugged and scraggy bits, coupled with some personal touches.

Chicken Pot Pie With Buttermilk Biscuit Topping

Vicky Wasik

Fluffy drop biscuits are the simplest and fastest way to make a chicken pot pie.

Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich

Vicky Wasik.

Here, kimchi-buttermilk-brined thighs are fried until super-crisp, then stacked on toasted buns or black sesame biscuits.

5-Ingredient Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Serious Eats / Mateja Zvirotic Andrijanic

Making an excellent fried chicken sandwich at home is easy when you use flavorful pickle juice as a brine.

The Best Italian-American Meatballs

Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: Serious Eats Video.

These meatballs are light, tender, and very, very juicy—thanks in part to a bit of buttermilk.


Buttermilk Ice Cream

Vicky Wasik

This ice cream boasts big buttermilk flavor with a texture that’s light and fresh.

Old-Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

Vicky Wasik

It’s hard to beat warm and jammy blackberries under a light, crispy biscuit crust.

Texas Sheet Cake

Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Texas sheet cake is a delightful combination of fluffy cake and fudgy frosting that should be in every baker’s repertoire.

Gingerbread Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

This recipe yields a tender, fluffy sheet cake with a bold dose of molasses and spices.

Pistachio Cake

Vicky Wasik.

Using good-quality pistachio oil in an olive oil cake recipe makes for a quick and easy cake that’s brimming with pistachio aroma and flavor.

Olive Oil Cake

Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

This cake highlights the best olive oil has to offer, so reach for the good stuff!

Condiments and Drinks

Ranch Dressing

Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Here, creamy, rich buttermilk melds with the subtleties of fresh parsley, chives, and dill. 

Mango Lassi

Vicky Wasik

Lassi is the original milkshake that can be found in countless variations throughout India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Salted Mint Lassi (Borhani)

Vicky Wasik

This herbaceous, savory lassi is the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal.

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