This easy-to-make dessert uses simple ingredients.

Buttermilk pie has a sweet tangy flavor with a custard-like texture and is delicious served chilled or at room temperature.

dish of Buttermilk Pie with a slice missing
  • Buttermilk pie is very easy pie recipe.
  • It uses ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • The pie filling is a creamy, velvety custard filling that melts in your mouth!
  • This version has a slight lemon flavor from the juice but this recipe can be changed by adding extracts.

What is Buttermilk Pie?

This Buttermilk pie recipe is one of those classic Southern desserts that we can’t get enough of. Similar to chess pie, but made without cornmeal, its sometimes called sugar cream pie.  

The texture of buttermilk pie is similar to a thick custard with a slightly caramelized top, it’s so good! I have an old box of vintage recipes loaded with tons of classic desserts and that’s where this recipe came from.

What does buttermilk pie taste like? It has a light vanilla flavor and slight hint of citrus if you use lemon juice.

ingredients for buttermilk pie

Ingredients in Buttermilk Pie

  • Buttermilk – The base of this pie is buttermilk. You can replace it by making a buttermilk substitute.
  • Eggs – Eggs make help the batter to set. Ensure they’re room temperature.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar adds sweetness.
  • Flavor – Vanilla extra and lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best) add flavor. You can add a little bit of lemon zest if you’d like.
  • Pie Crust – For ease and speed, use a pre-made crust or make this flaky homemade pie crust if time allows. With a store-bought pie crust, it’s ready to go in the oven in under 10 minutes!

How to Make Buttermilk Pie

It’s so easy to make this recipe.

  1. Beat eggs until foamy. Add butter, sugar, and flour.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into a pie crust and bake until golden brown (per the recipe below.)

You’ll know the pie is done when it has a browned caramelized sugar coating with a very slightly “jiggly” center. Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.

Buttermilk Pie batter being poured into crust

How to Store

Buttermilk pie should be stored in the refrigerator, and it tastes great chilled but can be set out to warm slightly before serving too.

This pie can be frozen. Freeze in double-wrapped slices, or double-wrap and freeze the entire pie. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and serve warm or chilled with whipped cream or easy caramel sauce.

A slice of Buttermilk Pie

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Easy Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is an easy classic dessert made with simple pantry ingredients! The result is a deliciously comforting custard pie with a slightly caramelized topping.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients  

  • 1 9 inch unbaked pie crust store-bought or homemade
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9-inch pie plate with unbaked pie dough.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy. Beat in butter, sugar, and flour until fluffy.
  • Add the buttermilk, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and nutmeg, along with a small pinch of salt, and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared crust and bake for 45-55 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before serving.

Notes

You can use pre-made crust or prepare a Flaky Homemade Pie Crust. If the edges of the crust begin to brown, you can cover them with aluminum foil or a pie shield.
 
4.97 from 60 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 400 | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
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  1. Absolutely delicious easy to make but tastes like it was a lot of work. Simple ingredients that I always have on hand. I will make this again and again. My family loves it. Thx so much5 stars

  2. Oh my this is so good and easy. I had leftover buttermilk and decided to make this as just a custard instead of a pie. Turn out great I did use lemon extract and just a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. I would make this again.5 stars

  3. I love buttermilk pie, but have never made one myself. My filling curdles as well, but it’s in the oven my, I’ll let you know how it turns out

    1. That should work just fine Joyce. I would start by adding half as much cinnamon and then add more to taste. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. I’ve never heard of a buttermilk pie (probably because I grew up in the North) and I followed this recipe exactly. So easy to make and so very tasty!! My company just loved it. You won’t be disappointed. I’m actually going to make one tomorrow for absolutely NO OCCASION — just because it will be Thursday!5 stars

  5. Is this the same recipe used to make an egg custard pie if substituting buttermilk with canned evaporated milk? Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried making an egg custard pie so I can’t say for sure if that would work. Happy Holidays!

  6. Can you use sugar free sugar???? I know I will never get an answer since I’ve tried for ever with this site an many more others with different questions on recipes.

    1. Hi Linda, I haven’t tried making this pie with sugar-free sugar so I can’t be sure of the results but it should work. Some sugar-free sweeteners don’t caramelize the same so you may be missing the caramelized look on top though. You will have to let us know how it turns out!

    1. Hi Dawn, oh dear, we have not had that happen before when we’ve made this pie, so I’m not sure how it’d turn out. I’d suggest mixing it really well to see how it combines.

      1. Mine curdled too. I should’ve known that it would happen since there was fresh lemon juice in it. Next time I would stick with extracts.5 stars

  7. Followed the recipe exactly and used real raw buttermilk – came out PERFECT! It was a hit at a dinner party and was fun to serve something unique. Absolutely love this Buttermilk Pie recipe!5 stars

  8. This pie was amazing.. I was cruising Pinterest and came across recipe and had all the ingredients.. gave it a try and WOW! Never even heard of buttermilk pie until now and I have told a million people since making it.

  9. I have used several of your recipes I find them very good I tend to look for your recipe when searching the internet. Thank you for always having a great recipe to go to.

    1. I haven’t tried it with a graham crust, the filling might be a bit wet for it. Let us know how it goes if you do try it.

  10. This was so good!  But I omitted the lemon juice. There’s no need to add it if using buttermilk as it was only added to the vintage recipe to sour the regular milk. The lemon juice could further sour/curdle the buttermilk. Otherwise, perfection!4 stars

  11. OMG!!!!! I’ve looked for this recipe for so many years, it was one of my Grandmothers “Secret” recipe’s she would make for “All Her Babe’s” when we didn’t expect it.
    All she would tell us is “it’s my Jeff Davis ” pie I made Just for You!”
    I love this Pie!!! And can’t wait to make and remake.
    Thanks so much for a Loving Memory and A Belly Full.5 stars