buttermilk substitute

Buttermilk (Sub)

Need buttermilk for a recipe, but not always on hand? Don't fret! You can make a sub with just a few ingredients.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk milk substitute, buttermilk recipe substitute, buttermilk substitute, make buttermilk lemon juice, milk lemon juice buttermilk, milk to buttermilk substitute
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 150kcal
Author: B n T


  • 1 Liquid Measuring Cup


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar will do just fine)


  • Measure 1 cup of milk. Stir in 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • Allow the mixture to stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. When it is ready, the milk will become slightly thickened and you will be able to see small curdled bits.
  • Although this substitute will not become as thick as regular buttermilk, you can still use this substitute (including curdled bits) as you would buttermilk in any of your recipes.


Especially good for marinating poultry and seafood in prior to frying. 🙂 Even better when baking cakes...Yummy!


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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