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Milk being poured into a measuring up to make buttermilk substitute.

Buttermilk Substitute

How to make a quick buttermilk substitute with just two ingredients.
Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 126kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice OR white vinegar
  • Scant 1 cup milk any percentage is fine


  • Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to a 1-cup measuring cup.
  • Fill the cup the rest of the way with milk.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Use as you would buttermilk.


For smaller amounts of buttermilk, use the following amount of lemon juice OR vinegar and fill the measuring cup the rest of the way with milk.
  • 3/4 cup use 2 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice/vinegar
  • 2/3 cup use 2 teaspoons lemon juice/vinegar
  • 1/2 cup use 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice/vinegar
  • 1/3 cup use 1 teaspoon lemon juice/vinegar
  • 1/4 cup use 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice/vinegar


Calories: 126kcal