5 Ways to Make a Buttermilk Substitute
No buttermilk? No problem! Get cooking with these buttermilk substitutions.
Buttermilk pancakes just wouldn’t be the same without buttermilk. But for some people, it’s rarely stocked in the fridge. Luckily, there are a number of substitutes you can use in place of buttermilk. Here are some standbys.
Milk + Lemon Juice or Vinegar
This stellar substitute for making “homemade” buttermilk is our all-time favorite. For each cup of buttermilk needed, use 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes.
Cream of Tartar + Milk
In the event you’re caught without lemon juice or vinegar, you can use this alternative. For 1 cup buttermilk in baked recipes, use 1 cup milk plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar.
Yogurt is great for baking and all your applications. Substitute an equal amount of plain yogurt for the buttermilk needed.
Yes, you can substitute sour cream! Thin it with milk or water to get the right consistency: For each cup of buttermilk needed, use 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup liquid. Note: Sour cream has a higher fat content, so this will result in richer-tasting foods. Use this in dips and dressings for a delicious taste.
Dairy-Free Buttermilk Substitute
If you need a dairy-free version, try this: Combine 3/4 cup plain or vanilla almond milk yogurt, 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar. Let stand for 5–10 minutes before using in any recipe that calls for 1 cup buttermilk.