Sourdough Discard Pancake Recipe

How to make light, fluffy, and delicious sourdough pancakes from your discard. These pancakes come together in less than 5 minutes and fly off the griddle in my home! A great way to use your discard and start the day with a delicious breakfast.
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Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 8 pancakes
sourdough pancakes on a white plate

I absolutely love making these sourdough discard pancakes. They taste WAY better than regular pancakes, they don’t leave you with that heavy feeling in your stomach and only take 5 minutes to make! They are light, fluffy and a great way to use up that sourdough starter discard! If you love sourdough pikelets, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe!

sourdough pancakes on a white plate

When I was growing up, we never had pancakes. We had pikelets. They are very similar to pancakes but not as sweet. More like fried dough. 

I have never liked pancakes. They make me feel bloated and I’m STARVING a few hours later. 

Recently I decided to dive into making sourdough starter so I could make my own fresh bread at home. When making a sourdough starter, I discovered that you end up with a lot of sourdough discard (the part you throw away). 

container of sourdough starter, clear bowl of flour and clear bowl of water

Not wanting to waste precious flour, I looked up a lot of sourdough discard recipes. 

This one is AMAZING. I couldn’t believe how delicious these sourdough pancakes were! Surprisingly, they don’t taste like sourdough at all, just fluffy, delicious pancakes. But these do not make you feel bloated.

Probably because sourdough is one of the healthiest types of bread you can eat. As the yeast goes through fermentation, it breaks down gluten, making it easier to digest and minimizing discomfort. 

What Is Sourdough Discard?

sourdough discard in a clear bowl with metal spoon

Sourdough discard is the part of the sourdough starter that has been broken down by yeast after it has been fed and discarded. Not sure what sourdough starter is? Check out my sourdough starter recipe. 

Protip – You can save sourdough discard and use it later! Just wrap it up and put it in the fridge for up to two days. Any l longer and it starts to develop too much flavor and can taste bitter. 

Discard recipes are a great way to use up that discard instead of throwing it away! Discard can have a varying degree of flavor to it depending on the sourness of your sourdough starter. 

What Ingredients Do You Need For Sourdough Pancakes? 

All you need are some basic ingredients to make sourdough discard pancakes. Most importantly, you need discard! I usually have about 1 cup of discard but the amount you add is not really important. Think of the discard as “flavoring” for your pancakes. 

sourdough pancakes ingredients

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Place your skillet (I like to use a cast-iron skillet for even browning) on the stove and heat it on medium-low heat for 15 minutes. We’re shooting for a temp of 300ºF for cooking pancakes.

Protip – Low and slow is better for pancakes to ensure a nice golden brown crust and a soft and fluffy interior. 

close up of thermometer showing temperature of 291ºF

Step 2 – Combine all your ingredients in one bowl and mix until combined. No worries if it’s lumpy.

sourdough pancake ingredients in a clear bowl with a wooden spoon

sourdough pancake batter in a clear bowl with a wooden spoon

Step 3 – Melt a teaspoon of butter in the skillet. Butter adds some delicious crispiness to your pancakes. 

melted butter in a hot cast iron skillet

Step 4 – Pour about 1/2 cup of batter into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until the edges of the pancake start to look dried out and you can see some holes forming on top. 

sourdough pancake batter in a cast iron skillet

Step 5 – Flip your pancake over and cook for another 3 minutes.

Sourdough pancake in a cast iron pan

sourdough pancakes with part cut out

Enjoy! I slather mine in more butter but my daughter Avalon prefers hers with cinnamon and sugar. So good!

Relevant Recipes

Sourdough Starter Recipe
Sourdough Bread Recipe
Sourdough Pikelets

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sourdough pancakes on a white plate

Sourdough Discard Pancake Recipe

How to make light, fluffy, and delicious sourdough pancakes from your discard. These pancakes come together in less than 5 minutes and fly off the griddle in my home! A great way to use your discard and start the day with a delicious breakfast.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 8 pancakes
Calories: 226kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour about 2 cups spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup sourdough discard more or less is ok
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 14 ounces milk about 1 3/4 cups
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your skillet over medium-low heat for 15 minutes
  • Combine all your ingredients together in a bowl and mix until it's combined. It will be lumpy and thats ok.
  • Melt 1 tsp of butter in your hot skillet
  • Add about 1/2 cup of your batter into the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until the edges of your pancakes start to look dry and you start seeing holes on top of the pancake
  • Flip your pancake and cook for another 3 minutes
  • Serve immediately with more melted butter and syrup!

Notes

  1. Low and slow is perfect for pancakes. I use a thermometer to check the temp of my skillet. You're shooting for 300ºF or just set your temp to medium-low
  2. Do not over-mix your batter or it will become tough. Just mix it until it's cohesive
  3. Use your batter right away for the best results 
  4. You can save sourdough discard and use it later! Just wrap it up and put it in the fridge for up to two days. Any l longer and it starts to develop too much flavor and can taste bitter. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 226kcal (11%) | Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) | Protein: 7g (14%) | Fat: 7g (11%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 51mg (17%) | Sodium: 468mg (20%) | Potassium: 222mg (6%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 7g (8%) | Vitamin A: 148IU (3%) | Calcium: 112mg (11%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)