Sourdough Pancakes

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Sourdough gives these Sourdough pancakes a delicious flavor and fluffy texture that you’ll fall in love with! These will quickly become your family’s favorite breakfast.

Sourdough pancakes have a delicious flavor & fluffy texture that you'll fall in love with! These will become your family's favorite breakfast.

Just when I thought I found the only pancake recipe I’d ever need, I start messing around with sourdough. And my pancake world was rocked.

Remember that sourdough starter I shared with you a few weeks ago? This is the first recipe we’re sharing using that delicious starter. Don’t worry, there are more cakes and artisan breads to come. This is just the beginning. And what a sweet beginning it is.

Sourdough pancakes have a delicious flavor & fluffy texture that you'll fall in love with! These will become your family's favorite breakfast.

I tend to be a pancake snob. If I’m going to start the day with a stack of calories, which let’s be real, is not the lowest in calorie breakfast around, I want them to be good. Soft…fluffy…lightly browned…the perfect texture to soak up butter and syrup. And flavor? I want them just barely sweet, because when you’re dousing them in pure maple syrup, there’s no reason to use too much sugar in the pancake batter itself.

And these sourdough pancakes are all of those things above. I knew I liked sourdough bread, but I think so far, sourdough pancakes take the blue ribbon as far as all of the sourdough recipes we’ve tried so far.

Sourdough pancakes have a delicious flavor & fluffy texture that you'll fall in love with! These will become your family's favorite breakfast.

And really, what’s not to love? One bowl…no more than 5-10 minutes of prep work (assuming you have that sourdough starter ready) and quick cook time.

These quick sourdough pancakes get eaten faster than we can get them off the griddle.

Why not try a homemade strawberry syrup or raspberry topping to make these an even more decadent morning treat?

stack of sourdough pancakes with syrup
stack of sourdough pancakes with syrup

Sourdough Pancakes {Great for Sourdough Discard}

4.75 from 739 votes
Sourdough pancakes have a delicious flavor & fluffy texture that you’ll fall in love with! These will become your family’s favorite breakfast.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sourdough discard (discard is runnier and works best in this recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or more to thin the batter)
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, sugar and salt.
  • Add the sourdough starter, milk, egg and oil. Mix well just until combined.
  • Spray a pancake griddle with cooking spray or grease well with butter. Heat to about 300-350 degrees.
  • Pour ¼ cup pancake batter on the hot griddle. Cook until the pancake starts bubbling on top, then flip the pancake.
  • Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the pancake is cooked through.
  • Serve warm with butter and syrup.



The calories shown are based on the recipe making about 12 pancakes that are about 6″ in diameter, with 1 serving being 1 pancake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 148
Keyword brunch recipes, easy breakfast, sourdough recipes

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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5 years ago

These pancakes sound fabulous! I need the Sor dough starter recipe.

5 years ago

I just got into sourdough a few months ago and I am loving using it in my recipes! I hadn’t thought of using it in pancakes though. Now I want to try it!

5 years ago

I’ve been using a different sourdough pancake recipe and want to try yours. Do you use active starter for the 1 cup of starter? I’m guessing you do, but figured I’d ask. So, if I had fed my starter late the night before, I can use a cup of it for these, and bake with most of the balance (leaving a little for my next batch) I guess?

5 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is fabulous! I made a whole recipe and it makes a lot. The next time i make these i will try halfing the recipe.

4 years ago

Does it matter if the starter is fed or can unfed starter work?

4 years ago

I cut this in half, still used whole egg, because it seemed like a lot, which it would have been. However this recipe made the best pancakes that I have ever made/had. Thank you!

4 years ago

5 stars
I’ve tried other sourdough pancake recipes, and I haven’t really liked the end results. I’m so glad I tried this one. The hot cakes were the best. This recipe is a keeper—-thanks for posting!

4 years ago

4 stars
I just tried these for Easter Morning Breakfast- used fed and active starter and they were a bit too fluffy and thick. Thinned out with a bit more milk and got delicious and perfect pancakes 🙂 I have been experimenting with sourdough lately and finally have a good reliable starter. Thanks for the recipe!

4 years ago

5 stars
Thanks for the great recipe! They turned out fluffy, and light, and amazing. Probably the best pancakes I’ve ever had.

Mary T
4 years ago

I have been working with sourdough and sourdough starter for about 5 months now. Because I have Candida issues I cannot use commercial yeast, so use a starter with only natural yeasts involved. Will this work to make these pancakes?? I sure hope so–they sound delicious!

4 years ago

When you say 10 servings, how many pancakes per serving? Thanks!

Cassi O.
4 years ago

5 stars
So so so good! My husband has a gluten intolerance so I have to do long fermented recipes for him, so I made some just for myself…happy I don’t have to share 😉

4 years ago

I made these today with unfed starter – they worked very well and are make a nice light fully pancake that isn’t too sweet. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

4 years ago

Can I substitute melted butter for the vegetable oil? Or will that effect the fast?

Jeff Bunning
4 years ago

5 stars
I am a very fussy cook/foodie, made these this morning from my own sourdough starter that I fed yesterday afternoon. A great taste and totally enjoyed by all 7 of us. I sure will be keeping this recipe, thank you so much for sharing!

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