No wait sourdough recipes are quick sourdough recipes that use sourdough starter but don't require a long fermentation.
Sometimes you want to use your sourdough starter for something you can make (and eat) right now. We'll call them no wait sourdough recipes.
We all know sourdough requires a lot of patience ... you have to wait for your starter to mature, you have to practice a lot! You have to wait for bulk fermentation and the cold retard.
Oh and how long does that first 30 minutes of bake time feel. You just want to lift the lid off the Dutch Oven now, right?
Well, the quick sourdough recipes in this post are perfect if you hate to wait! They are all simple to make and require no waiting between mixing and making and baking!
They are for you if you sometimes wonder what else can I use my sourdough starter for? And perhaps you are looking for sourdough recipes that aren't bread.
The hardest part will be choosing your favorite!
What Does "No Wait Sourdough" Mean?
Exactly what you think ... no wait sourdough means there's no waiting for fermentation, no 12 hour bulk ferment or cold retard.
You just mix them up and bake (or fry).
Some of the recipes use other leavening agents to help expedite the cooking process - baking powder and yeast are the most popular. Others, like fritters and crackers, require no leavening agents at all.
All of these recipes utilise sourdough starter in some form - whether fed and active, or unfed sourdough discard.
These no wait sourdough recipes are great if you're looking for sourdough recipes that aren't bread.
What's The Difference Between Sourdough Starter and Sourdough Discard?
Sourdough starter and sourdough discard are the same thing. Confused?
Sourdough starter refers to the flour and water that’s in your jar on the counter (or the fridge). The “discard” that you remove from the jar before feeding is still sourdough starter, it’s just unfed.
In general, you use fed, active sourdough starter for a sourdough bread recipe. The discard is meant to be “discarded” however we’ve come up with a gazillion ways to use it up to reduce food waste (which is awesome by the way).
Now, because they are the same thing – you can use either in this recipe, fed, active starter or unfed discard. The thing to remember is that if you use discard that is really old and sour it will have an effect on the taste of the cake.
I've put together 15 quick sourdough recipes that don't require any waiting - as in you can prepare, cook and eat them pretty much straight away - and for the most part, you can use either active starter or discard - whatever you have on hand.
Can I Skip A Day Feeding Sourdough Starter
We all know that feeding a sourdough starter can feel like a full time job. Seriously, they need a bit of attention, right?
It might feel like you're a slave to your sourdough starter, at least for the first few weeks. But you really will be rewarded for all your hard work.
Feeding your sourdough starter twice a day for the first few weeks is really important. Discarding a portion before each and every feed is even more important for a thriving starter.
While it is really important to feed your starter every day, life can sometimes get in the way. If you do miss a feed, even in those first few weeks, your starter will be ok. As long as it's just one or even two feeds, your starter will survive - and eventually thrive.
Do You Need A Mature Starter for No Wait Sourdough Recipes?
While you shouldn't use the discard from your sourdough starter for at least the first 7 days, you don't necessarily need a mature starter to make these no wait sourdough recipes.
You will find that as your starter matures, these recipes will taste even better, but you will still have success with them in the early stages of building your sourdough starter.
Have fun cooking these quick sourdough recipes!
No Wait Sourdough Recipes
Sourdough Lemon Muffins
These tangy sourdough lemon muffins use 200g of sourdough starter, along with baking powder to achieve delicious muffins in just 30 minutes. How's that for a quick sourdough recipe?
Paired with a lemon glaze, these sourdough muffins are perfect for morning tea, afternoon tea - or just because!
Sourdough Irish Soda Bread
This quick sourdough recipe is based on a traditional Irish soda bread recipe that uses basic ingredients to form a quick sourdough bread with a crunchy crust. It's perfect for mopping up soups and stews, or can be served with butter and jam for a hearty snack.
These crunchy, crispy, twice baked cookies are the perfect accompaniment to your next coffee! There's so many different flavors you can try too!
These sourdough zucchini fritters use sourdough discard to create something quick, easy and delicious. You don't need any other leavening agents for these. Make them in as little as 20 minutes - now that's fast sourdough, right?
These super quick sourdough waffles can be ready in just 10 minutes! They use 200g of sourdough starter and all you need is a mixing bowl and a waffle iron!
This sourdough granola is one of the fastest and yummiest breakfasts going around! Use your sourdough discard (or active starter) to create this gorgeous, crunchy granola to serve with yoghurt. I've even included 6 flavor variations for you to try!
Savory Sourdough Panckes
Inspired by Japanese street food, this savory sourdough pancake recipe uses eggs and sourdough starter to create something with loads of unami!
You can tailor these sourdough pancakes to your taste by topping them with all sorts of good stuff including seaweed, yakitori ,chili, may - anything your heart desires.
Sourdough Banana Fritters
These indulgent sourdough banana fritter require no waiting time - you just mix the batter and fry them up! Instant dessert. They really are well worth the effort to deep fry too!
Sourdough Fritters with Sweet Potato and Chickpeas
Another sourdough fritter recipe, but this one is flavored with sweet potato and chickpeas for something a little different.
Parmesan + Rosemary Crackers
One of the most popular recipes on the Pantry Mama site, these sourdough discard crackers with parmesan and rosemary can be made very quickly. Pop them on a cheese platter or into a lunch box and you're good to go!
Whole Wheat Lavosh
For those that prefer using whole wheat in your sourdough baking, these whole wheat lavosh will tick the box. There's no waiting here - just mix, roll and bake! If you're looking for a sweeter lavosh, try this cranberry and pistachio version.
There's nothing quite like a good bread stick ... particularly if they're sourdough bread sticks! These sourdough grissini are brilliant - easy to make and even easier to eat! They store really well too so you can always have some on hand for snacks and platters.
Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes
It's easy to create breakfast in a hurry with this sourdough pancake recipe. Using baking powder, these fluffy pancakes can be ready in a jiffy.
Perfect served with this whipped cinnamon honey butter!
Sourdough Raspberry Muffins
Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Sourdough Starter
Apple and cinnamon is a flavor that is just meant to be. These sourdough apple cinnamon muffins are a delicious autumnal treat. They use 200g of sourdough starter and can definitely be on the table with no waiting (well except for a little baking time).
Sourdough Bechamel White Sauce
Making a sauce from sourdough starter? Genius, right? You'll never look at lasagne the same way once you start using your own sourdough bechamel sauce on the top. It doesn't get much easier than this one - it's ready to pour onto to your favorite dish in minutes.
Sourdough Onion Rings
Another quick, easy no wait sourdough recipe that is fantastic to accompany burgers and hot dogs! Simply mix the batter, dip the onions and fry - instant crispy deep fried goodness!
Sourdough Date Cake
Sourdough Apple Cake
This sourdough apple cake is part cake, part dessert - it's super versatile and can really be baked for a multitude of occasions. It's delicate texture and flavor is perfect alongside lashings of whipped cream and a cup of tea.
Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Crackers
These spicy sourdough crackers can be made using active sourdough starter or discard. Flavored with your favorite cheddar cheese and diced pickled jalapeños they will quickly become a go to for any platter you create.
Perfect with pretty much anything - salsa, dips ... why not try them next time you make nachos?
Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins
Sourdough Zucchini Muffins
A delightful savory no wait sourdough recipe - zucchini sourdough muffins with cheese and chives. You can eat them warm or cold - they make a lovely lunch served with salad or soup or a hearty snack.
If you loved these no wait sourdough recipes, you might enjoy these discard recipes that require just a little more waiting:
- Try these sourdough banana muffins with 20 flavor variation ideas!
- These speedy sourdough hamburger buns are super popular and worth your time!
- This sourdough discard loaf is the most popular recipe on the site - and still ready in under 3 hours!
- Ever thought about making sourdough pasta? Check out this simple recipe for fermented sourdough pasta.
- Check out this collection of overnight sourdough discard recipes.