Best Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

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This great sourdough pancakes recipe is a good way to use some of your extra sourdough starter.  You could not ask for an easier pancake recipe that this one, and the pancakes are so light that they “melt in your mouth.”  My family loves these pancake, and it has become a tradition to make them when they come to visit.

During the Klondike gold rush of 1898, it was said that a real “Alaskan Sourdough” would just as soon spend a year in the hills without his rifle, as to tough it through without his bubbling sourdough pot!  Since food was scare, food provisions were more valuable than gold. In extreme cold, miners would put the dough ball under their clothes, next to their skin, or tuck it into their bedroll with them at night, anything to keep the sourdough alive.

I adapted this fantastic sourdough pancakes recipe from the wonderful sourdough cookbook called Alaska Sourdough by Ruth Allman.


Sourdough Pancakes


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Sourdough Pancakes Recipe – How To Make Sourdough Pancakes:

Best Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


2 cups sourdough starter, room temperature*
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon warm water

* If you do not presently have a sourdough starter, either make your own sourdough starter or purchase Packaged Sourdough Starter Mix by mail-order.  The night before using your sourdough starter, remove from refrigerator and let come to room temperature.  Then feed the starter with flour and water.  Let this sit eight (8) hours or preferably overnight.  It is now ready to use in your sourdough pancakes!  Learn how to feed and maintain your Sourdough Starter.

** I sometimes add an extra egg to the pancake batter.  I do this to add some additional protein.



In a large bowl, add sourdough starter, sugar, egg, olive oil, and salt; mix well; set aside.

In a small bowl, dilute 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 tablespoon of warm water; set aside until ready to bake your pancakes.

Making Sourdough PancakesImportant:  Only add the baking soda/water mixture to the pancake batter just before you are ready to cook the pancakes.  Make certain everything is ready to go, the griddle hot, so the sourdough can be cooked while the air is still working in the batter.  This will produce light sourdough pancakes that melt in your mouth.

When ready to cook your sourdough pancakes, fold the baking soda/water mixture gently into the prepared pancake batter (do not beat).  This will cause a gentle foaming and rising action in the batter.  Let the mixture bubble and foam a minute or two before using.

Heat up a lightly-greased griddle (I like to use my cast-iron skillet griddle) until fairly hot; then pour the sourdough pancake batter onto the griddle.  For each pancake, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup sourdough pancake batter onto hot griddle.  I find that using my soup ladle makes the perfect size pancakes.

Grilling Sourdough PancakesCook the pancakes 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from heat and serve.

Because I have an oven warming drawer, I usually keep the prepared pancakes on a plate in the warming drawer until they are all cooked, and then I served them to my family.  If you don't have a warming drawer, just turn your oven on low and use it the same way.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

Yields 4 servings.


Sourdough Pancake Variations:

Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes: 
Combine 1 cup blueberries dusted with 2 tablespoons sugar; let stand a few minutes.  Gently fold blueberries into the batter just before adding the baking soda mixture.  I also just sprinkle blueberries onto the raw side of the hotcakes and then flip them over when the cooked side is nicely browned.  In fact, I usually do it this way.

Apple Pancakes:
Grate some tart apples into the batter before adding the baking soda mixture.

Banana Pancakes:
Thinly slice or mash a very ripe banana into the batter before adding baking soda mixture.



Comments from Readers:

This was possibly the best pancake I have ever had!  Fluffy and nutty tasting and absolutely melt in your mouth (the nuttiness maybe from the organic whole wheat that I refreshed my sourdough with last night).  I used an 80% hydration for the sourdough with about half organic whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour.  I thought it might turn out to be too dense for pancakes, but the sourdough was bubbling and beautiful, so I went for it.  I added a second egg for the extra protein as you suggested and the consistency turned out just perfect.

The only other difference was that I added only 3 tablespoons of olive oil only, and used a tablespoon of organic coconut oil on the cast iron griddle just so the surface of the griddle wan’t completely dry.  I didn’t keep adding oil to the surface and instead redistributed the remaining oil before each new batter addition.

Thanks a bunch for an awesome eats! (7/16/16)



Comments and Reviews

16 Responses to “Best Sourdough Pancakes Recipe”

  1. Maria

    The best pancakes EVER!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! Now I know how I will use my left over starter 🙂

  2. Laura

    I confused about how much starter to use. Do I feed 1 cup of starter with one cup of flour and 1 cup of water, let it sit 8 hours and then use 2 cups of that for my pancakes? Or do I just use 2 cups of the starter that I have in the fridge, and feed it with equal parts flour and water, then 8 hours later add the ingredients to that?

    • Linda Stradley

      Feed 1 cup of starter with one cup of flour and 1 cup of water, let it sit 8 hours and then use 2 cups of that for your pancakes.

      • Craig

        Just use the starter like you would for bread. I have had my starter for four years in the fridge. I just take it out , feed it and use the correct amount when ready. I keep about 16 oz in a container. I feed it about 4 oz of water and flour. Then I use about half of it when it’s ready. Great pancakes !!!!!!!!! Can be made vegan and lots of options other than refined sugar.

  3. Peter Giblin

    OK, I cheated! I live in England (not in the USA) but had some starter that didn’t, well, start too good but I didn’t want to just throw it out.
    I followed the recipe for my breakfast this morning and made the best pancakes I ever tasted
    Definitely a keeper.

  4. Marilyn Payne

    My Pancakes turned out delicious the Family could not get enough so will be cooking these again.

  5. Gary Sunderland

    Made them this morning. Some of best sourdough cakes we have had, definitely melt in your mouth good. We keep starter in the fridge so instead of setting it out overnite I nuked the starter used in the batter for 30 seconds and this seemed to work. Grilled them in our cast iron skillet as directed.

  6. cathey white

    If i wanted to make pancakes for six people, and my starter is in the frog in a quart jar, how would i do that? I’m very impressed with the comments for your recipe. i’m excited to try this this weekend. Thanks cathey white

    • Linda Stradley

      When I decide I want to use my starter that has been stored in the refrigerator, I then remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature (usually I let it sit overnight on the counter). I then feed it with one (1) cup flour and one (1) cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.). I let this sit eight (8) hours or preferably overnight. It is now ready to use in your sourdough recipes!

      NOTE: If I have stored my sourdough starter in the refrigerator a long period of time, like a couple of months, I usually need to do the feeding process 2 to 3 times to “wake” it up and get it real active. I take it out of the refrigerator 2 to 3 days before needing to bake with it and proceed with the feeding process every day.

      For more information on Sourdough Starter, please read my web page on my Sourdough Starter Recipe:

  7. Kevin

    I used to make pancakes from sratch all he time, then I switched to instant then slowly stopped making them at all. Had some starter to use, so I decided to make these. NOW I know why I stopped making pancakes, it was the instant mixes. They cannot touch this recipe. Loving the pancakes again!

  8. Luann

    I never liked pancakes, no matter how dolled up they were. Give me a piece of homemade sourdough toast any morning. But of course I’ve got starter to use up, so started searching for recipes. Well I decided to try this pancake recipe. Oh my goodness, so good, not like heavy dry cake like hockey puckets! Light, moist, everything I didn’t know a pancake could be! I microwaved frozen blueberries and used them on top, no extra sugar needed. Thank you for sharing.

  9. MD

    Same recipe I use. Best pancakes ever. I love this recipe for dumping a ton of starter into something that is so tasty. Beware, starter is sticky business, so avoid using cups, use a digital scale instead… Put your mixing bowl on the scale and tar it each time before you add stuff in. At least, weighing the starter I dump in the bowl saves in the dishes I have to clean 🙂 2 cups is about 250g. I make about 10 small pancakes with this recipe.

  10. Val

    These pancakes are so perfect we were in disbelief that a pancake could ever be this good! I cut the olive oil to 3 T, added the extra egg, and changed nothing else. 2 minutes on each side. Perfect! Light, airy, and my stomach doesn’t feel like a lead balloon is sitting in it afterwards.

  11. Sunayana

    Can this recipe used to make waffles?

    • Linda Stradley

      The batter is to thin to make waffles. If you want to experiment, add additional flour until the batter is thicker. Let me know how it turns out if you try making waffles. – Linda Stradley


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