9 Recipes Using Sourdough Starter (2024)

by Chef Markus Mueller

With homemade sourdough becoming more popular, I've had many people ask me, "What else can I make with my sourdough starter?" and "Can I use leftover sourdough starter in other recipes?"

The answer, of course, is YES! Besides making delicious sourdough bread (such as this no-knead sourdough bread), you can also use any leftover or discarded sourdough starter to make pancakes, biscuits, rolls, and other baked goods!

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Leftover Sourdough Starter Recipes

Besides also reducing food waste, re-using your sourdough starter in other recipes is a great way to try new recipes and learn more about how sourdough works.

Of course, you'll need a sourdough starter to make all of these recipes, so if you don't already have one started, you can use this guide to learn how to make a sourdough using just flour and water.

Sourdough Crackers with Homemade Za'atar

Mix together your sourdough discard with a few basic pantry staples, roll, cut, and bake! No rising time required.

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Overnight Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes

These blueberry sourdough pancakes are the ultimate weekend breakfast, make-ahead friendly, healthy, and they turn out fluffy even with whole wheat!

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Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English muffins are not baked, they are cooked on a hot griddles. These are a favorite for breakfast.

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Sourdough Spelt Waffles

Sourdough waffles with the option to use a true sourdough starter or yeast, for a more intense flavour and a nice chewy texture. Fluffy inside, crispy outside, and the batter is waiting for you when you wake up!

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Cheese and Chive Sourdough Biscuits

These tasty Cheese and Chive Sourdough Biscuits are the perfect soup companion. Thick, hearty, and delicious, they can be used for sandwiches and even frozen for later use.

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One Bowl Sourdough Banana Bread

This one bowl sourdough banana bread is a fantastic way to repurpose your sourdough starter discard! It makes a fluffy, moist snack perfect with coffee.

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Sourdough Focaccia Bread

An easy overnight sourdough focaccia bread that has a wonderful chewy texture. Full of airy bubbles, concorde grapes, rosemary, and sea salt, it's the perfect snack to serve with cheese or a charcuterie platter.

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Sourdough Bagels

Combining sourdough tanginess with bagel chewiness, these sourdough bagels are a step above the norm and a great way to use sourdough starter discard!

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Chocolate Sourdough Cake

This chocolate sourdough cake is such a delicious way to use up extra sourdough starter. Nobody will be able to tell just how healthy it really is!

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What's your favourite recipe using leftover sourdough starter? Share it in the comments below!

More Breads and Other Baked Goods

  • The Best Dairy Free Cornbread
  • Festive Pastel Colored Sugar Cookies (To Make With Your Kids)
  • Blueberry Bran Muffins
  • No Knead Sourdough Bread

Reader Interactions


  1. shiela

    If I bake the sourdough bread in the cast Iron fry pan with lid..the pan is 3 inches and the top is a little over a inch.Is that going to be deep enough? If I have to cook in regular bread pans would I also put dough on parchment paper and then into pans?
    Thank you for all your help!


    • Chef Markus Mueller

      Hey Shiela, 3 inches maybe a little shallow. The bread would probably turn out flat and not have a nice rounded top. You ideally want something deeper to allow the dough to double in size accommodate the oven rise. If you do use regular loaf pans, just grease the pans really well with butter to prevent the dough from sticking to it.


  2. Shannon

    I’d love you try doing pizza crust! Do you have a recipe? So far I’ve done pretzel, bagels and your bread! All excellent! Thankyou!


    • Chef Markus Mueller

      Hi Shannon, I don't have a sourdough pizza crust recipe.....yet! I will work on one soon! Thanks for your feedback!


      • Shannon

        Thankyou! Yes please. I’d love to try it!


  3. Charlotte Dennis

    Good day! I have started my first sourdough starter and today is day 4. My starter did quite a bit of growing last night and, although I have it in a large glass jar, there isn't enough room for me to add its next feed. Am I able to transfer this starter to a larger jar without starting over? Thank you! 🙂


    • Chef Markus Mueller

      Hi Charlotte, yes you can simply scoop it into a larger clean container! No need to restart.


  4. Sarah

    I am just starting to get into sourdough, so this list of recipes is really helpful. I didn't realize that sourdough was so versatile. Really looking forward to giving all of these a try when my sourdough starter is ready.


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