What to Make with Leftover Buttermilk

What to Make with Leftover Buttermilk – breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert recipe ideas to use up that leftover buttermilk!

I have recently become obsessed with making homemade ranch. It’s so good on my favorite house salad. But I always end up with lots of leftover buttermilk every time I make it. So I have compiled this list of all my favorite recipes to use it up. That way we never have to let the half gallon go to waste again!

Here are 25 Recipes Using Buttermilk…

Photo collage of the recipes in this round for What to Make with Leftover Buttermilk

Lemon Pancakes with Homemade Buttermilk Syrup

This recipe uses 3 cups of buttermilk in total! You can also just make the buttermilk syrup and serve it on any pancake. It’s life changing!

Melt in Your Mouth Buttermilk Pancakes

Make & freeze these for an easy prepped breakfast. Freeze them on cookie sheets and then reheat in the toaster for an easy breakfast!

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

The classic diner style pancakes we all love!

Banana Bread Pancakes

You could prep these ahead too and freeze for an easy breakfast for kids during the week!

Hot Cocoa Pancakes

If maple syrup and buttermilk syrup isn’t your thing… this chocolate syrup is an awesome change up!

Miso Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe is from Claire Saffitz’s Cookbook “Dessert Person”! Her recipes are over the top but always perfection.

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Make banana bread with your leftover buttermilk and leftover bananas!

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

A family favorite! You could also add the juice and zest from a lemon for some extra flavor.

Glazed Strawberry Bread

Tastes like summer in a loaf pan!

Glazed Old Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnut Bundt Cake

This tastes just like one of those old fashioned donuts in mega form!

Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake

An old fashioned moist buttermilk cake on the bottom with a pecan crumble on top.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

Buttermilk is great for brining a whole chicken, turkey, boneless chicken breasts or tenders! It makes the meat so moist.

Samrin Nosrat’s Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken

Or try this three ingredient buttermilk marinade for roasting a chicken from the Salt Fat Acid Heat Cookbook!

Ina Garten’s Mustard-Roasted Chicken

Buttermilk also works great as a base for a crispy coating. This mustard chicken gets baked in the oven!

Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich

Or make a fried chicken sandwich! This homemade fried chicken sandwich is absolute incredible.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

The perfect side to go with those fried chicken sandwiches!

House Salad with Buttermilk Ranch

The very best salad that goes with literally every dinner!

Buttermilk Fattoush Salad

The buttermilk dressing on this salad is to die for!

Cheesy White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Made with lots of cheddar, buttermilk, and butter!

Easy Buttermilk Cornbread

The perfect side for soups, stews, and chilis.

Rocky Road Cookies

A thick chocolate cookie with chocolate buttercream frosting and marshmallows on top!

Texas Sheet Cake

One of the easiest and most delicious desserts to bring to a party, family dinner, or super club. Bonus: you can make it in advance!

Classic Coca-Cola Cake

This is almost like Texas Sheet Cake, except it’s baked in a 9×13-inch pan instead of a sheet pan and it’s sweeter from the Coca-Cola!

Red Velvet Cake

The buttermilk in cake reacts with the baking soda to create a soft, tender crumb. It creates the best cakes ever!

Lemon Cake

This is one of the best cakes ever! And you can freeze any leftovers you have and defrost it.

Banana Cake

This is the best banana cake ever!! Like banana bread but with a cream cheese frosting.

Old Fashioned Strawberry Cake

This cake almost tastes like an old-fashioned strawberry donut! It’s by Alison Roman on the New York Times.

Roasted Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet

If you have an ice cream maker, you need to make this!!

You can freeze buttermilk too!

You can freeze buttermilk and defrost for future use if you don’t want to make something else with it! I would freeze them in one cup portions in ziploc plastic bags. Then defrost as needed. I like to shake the buttermilk in the bag a little before using.

Here is an article on how to freeze buttermilk if you want more details on freezing!

If you don’t have buttermilk, but want to make these recipes… here is how to make buttermilk:

1 Tablespoon white vinegar (or lemon juice) + enough milk to measure 1 cup = 1 cup of buttermilk

Then let the buttermilk sit for a few minutes.

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