Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ferment: 12 hrs
  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Yields: 12 pancakes

Mix up your normal weekend morning pancake routine with these sourdough pancakes. They're pleasantly chewy with a fluffy texture and sweet and tangy flavor. If you already have sourdough starter in your refrigerator, this recipe comes together easily. You do need to plan ahead, though, since the pancake batter has to sit on the countertop overnight. In the morning, simply mix in the other ingredients and begin cooking for a quick breakfast.

Serve these sourdough pancakes with some fresh berries and real maple syrup, or top them with powdered sugar, butter, or a fruit syrup.


  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Neutral oil (vegetable, canola, or butter for greasing the pan or griddle)
  • Garnish: berries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and/or melted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Sourdough Pancakes
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  2. Combine the sourdough starter with the milk and flour in a large bowl that is big enough to allow the mixture to rise.

    Mix pancake batter
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  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it on the counter overnight; the batter needs to rise and continue to develop its sourdough flavor. This will be your overnight sponge and the base for the pancakes.

    Let the pancake batter rest
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  4. In the morning, add the beaten eggs, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the sourdough starter mixture. Whisk until combined and smooth.

    Add in the eggs
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  5. Whisk in the cooled melted butter and the vanilla extract. The batter will be very thick and almost like a slack bread dough after you are done mixing. Heat up a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and add a little bit of neutral oil or butter. (If you use a griddle, you can cook several pancakes at a time.) Nonstick surfaces are best for cooking pancakes.

    Whisk the batter
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  6. Turn the heat down to medium-low, add the batter to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes until bubbles start forming on top. You can make the pancakes as large or as small as you want.

    Cook pancakes on a cast-iron pan
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  7. Once browned on one side, flip the pancake over and cook for another minute on the other side. It doesn't take as long on the second side, so watch carefully. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with fresh berries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and/or melted butter.

    Cooked sourdough pancake
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  • Make sure the melted butter is completely cooled (but still liquid) before adding it to the batter. If the warm butter combines with cold ingredients, it will solidify into clumps.
  • It's important to keep the heat low while cooking these pancakes. Because the batter is thicker than typical pancakes, they take a little time to cook through and can burn easily if the heat is too high.