Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes

Extra soft and fluffy sourdough pancakes mixed up and ready in under 30 minutes.  
5 from 2 votes

A recipe for thick, fluffy, and extra soft sourdough pancakes. Ready in just a few minutes!

small stack of sourdough pancakes on white plate, blueberries in background

There’s nothing like a good pancake recipe. And almost as satisfying as delicious pancakes is using your discard sourdough starter. This recipe is my favorite because it uses simple pantry ingredients and is mixed up and ready to go in just a few minutes. No overnight rest, no fussing.

Are you unfamiliar with the world of sourdough? Visit the beginners guide to sourdough baking, or get started with a sourdough starter of your own from scratch!

Ingredients for sourdough pancakes

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup discard sourdough starter
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • butter for the pan

Let’s make them, step by step

Mixing up the batter

grid of four images: dry ingredients, wet ingredients, sourdough pancake batter being mixed, finished batter

Making sourdough pancakes, like making any pancakes, is simple. If you want to be particular you can mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a second bowl. If you are feeling lazy, mix everything up in one bowl. No big deal.

The batter may start to bubble up a bit, particularly if your starter is still a little active.

Cooking the pancakes

grid of 4 images: cast. iron skillet with butter, pancake batter on skillet, one side browned, stack of 4 sourdough pancakes

And now we cook! You can cook these on an electric griddle or on any skillet. Turn the heat to medium low and let the pan get hot before you add the butter. Add a tablespoon or so, then scoop about 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot skillet.

Let the batter cook until it bubbles up on the surface and then flip. These are thick and fluffy and typically take 2-3 minutes per side. The first pancake is almost always the strangest looking.

You will have to cook in batches, so you can either serve in batches or hold the cooked pancakes in a 200 degree oven.

Serve!

stack of 6 thick sourdough pancakes

We love these served with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with a big stack of sourdough pancakes served with butter and syrup. Whatever you like will work perfectly!

Need more sourdough discard recipes for breakfast?

Print the recipe here!

This recipe is for a smaller batch and makes 10-12 pancakes. For a larger batch, click the button on the recipe that says 2X, and it will double everything for you.

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stack of 3 sourdough pancakes on white plate
5 from 2 votes

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes

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Extra soft and fluffy sourdough pancakes mixed up and ready in under 30 minutes.  
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup discard sourdough starter
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • butter for the pan

Instructions

  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and the wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined.  Do not over mix, a few lumps are okay.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium-low heat.  Once the pan is hot, add a tablespoon of butter and allow it to melt.  Scoop the batter into the hot pan in 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup amounts, depending on the size of pancake you would like.  When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancakes.  Cook them in batches. using a paper towel to wipe out the skillet in between. 
  • Serve immediately, with syrup and butter or whipped cream and fruit.  

Notes

You can hold cooked pancakes in a 200 degree oven.
Sprinkle on blueberries or chocolate chips before flipping for a special addition.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fluffy sourdough pancakes, small batch sourdough pancakes, soft sourdough pancakes, thick sourdough pancakes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Author: Katie Shaw
Did you make this recipe?Tag me @heartsccontentfarmhouse so I can see!

Enjoy!

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