Check out our guide to buttermilk, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about kefir, paneer and feta cheese.

What is buttermilk?

Buttermilk is a type of fermented dairy, made from the liquid left behind from churning butter from cultured or fermented cream. It’s widely known as a cooking ingredient, used in bakes such as soda bread as well as a marinade for meats including chicken and pork. Buttermilk can also be drunk straight, and is a common drink in India and Nepal. In the Arab countries, buttermilk is a common beverage served ice cold with other dairy products.

Where to buy buttermilk

St Ivel buttermilk, 90p/284ml, Tesco

Essential Waitrose buttermilk, £1/284ml, Waitrose

Buttermilk recipes

Check out plenty more buttermilk recipe inspiration.

Buttermilk fried chicken burger

Try our easy buttermilk fried chicken burger recipe from Butchies in London. This crispy chicken fillet is marinated overnight and deep-fried for extra flavour.

Butchies' buttermilk fried chicken burger on a plate

Peanut butter pancakes

Covered in a vibrant array of summer fruits and a lip-smacking peanut butter sauce, these light and fluffy pancakes from food writer John Gregory-Smith make a fabulous brunch for two, or dessert for four.

Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe

Buttermilk fried chicken

Soaking the chicken in buttermilk tenderises the meat and helps the crispy coating stick. A great DIY takeaway to make at home on the weekend.

Pieces of buttermilk fried chicken legs

Soda bread

This easy soda bread recipe takes less than an hour to make, so is ideal for when you're in a hurry. It uses just four ingredients, including plain and wholemeal flour.

Soda bread with chunk torn off

BBQ buttermilk chicken with charred courgette sauce

Buttermilk creates the juiciest chicken on the BBQ. It's delicious simply served in a bun, or try it with our smoky-sweet tomato and courgette sauce plus crunchy crumbs.

a plate of buttermilk chicken on a table outside in the sun