Orange Buttermilk Pancakes

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
299 Calories
19g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 299
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 553mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 8g
Calcium 166mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite, but the old standard recipe can get a bit ho-hum after a while. Change things up with these orange buttermilk pancakes; the vibrant orange flavor comes from a generous amount of orange juice and fresh orange zest. They're super easy to prepare and the fresh flavor is a welcome change from the everyday pancake.

Like many other pancake recipes, the wet ingredients and dry ingredients are combined separately and then mixed together. The batter will bubble and puff up when cooked, creating nice, fluffy pancakes, thanks to the buttermilk, eggs, and baking powder. Serve these orange buttermilk pancakes with your favorite breakfast foods, like bacon or sausage, or add some fruit to the plate such as raspberries or blueberries. Sprinkle on some confectioner's sugar, if you like, and offer pure maple syrup on the side.


  • 3/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed or store-bought)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or shortening (for the skillet or griddle, or as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. If you plan to keep batches warm until all of the pancakes are made, heat the oven to 200 F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the orange juice with the orange zest, buttermilk, and eggs until smooth. 

  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Stir this dry mixture into the wet mixture, blending well. Add the melted butter and stir until smooth.

  4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add the oil or shortening to the hot skillet and spread to coat evenly. When the oil is hot, pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan for each pancake. 

  5. When bubbles begin to appear on top and the edges begin to look dry, flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is lightly brown. Adjust the heat under the pan, as necessary.

  6. Remove the pancakes to a plate or a baking sheet topped with a wire rack and keep warm in the preheated oven or a warming drawer until all of the pancakes are ready.

  7. Serve with your favorite pancake accompaniments and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

Feel free to add a handful of fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried cherries to the pancake batter.