35+ Quick Sourdough Discard Recipes (2024)

These quick sourdough discard recipes and easy no-wait recipes that require no fermentation or proofing. Just mix together and make.

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You are constantly feeding your new pet sourdough starter, and you’re also constantly having to discard some of the starter.

Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can use it to make some delicious and healthy, no-wait recipes.

As long as you have a lot of fed starter on hand, you can make these instantly. Some of these are long-fermented sourdough, meaning there is no added flour and you will get the most health benefits.

I also added another section that includes sourdough recipes you can make and bake right away, but do include some added flour.

Obviously, it is better if you can allow your dough to ferment to decrease the phytic acid, help break down the gluten, and make the nutrients more bio-available.

But, let’s face it. Sometimes, lack of planning just doesn’t allow for that. So if poor planning is interfering with your baking, here are some recipes that don’t require the wait.


  • If you are only discarding a little bit at a time, you can keep a jar of discard in the fridge and use it when you have enough discard to make a recipe.
  • Refrigerated discard will need to be fed every 7-10 days or else it may get hungry and start to form a hooch.
  • If you want to make a sourdough starter, check out my detailed post here on how to create one.
  • Can’t get enough sourdough? Check out all my favorite recipeshere.

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Tools I use for sourdough baking and cooking:

Stand mixer

Cast iron skillet

Grain mill

Cast iron waffle maker

Stainless steel baking sheet

Measuring cups and spoons

Quick Sourdough Discard Recipes

These no-wait recipes include just starter, but no other non-fermented grains. Mix and go. These would be considered long-fermented.

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Our favorite sourdough pancakes recipe includes just a few basic ingredients and is simple to whip up any day of the week.

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Sourdough Pizza Crust

Hands down, the easiest pizza crust recipe you will ever make. Delicious and crispy, and can be made so many ways.Breakfast pizza,white pizzaormushroom. Whatever your heart desires.

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Super Easy Sourdough Crepes

Perfectly thin pancakes, this is one of our family’s favorite ways to eat lots of eggs. Sourdough starter is combined with eggs, milk, and some sweetener to make the yummiest breakfast.

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Sourdough Skillet

Not a meal planner? Me neither! I love making sourdough skillets. Basically any veggie and meat you have in the fridge can be cooked in a cast iron skillet and topped with a sourdough crust to make a delicious, healthy, and filling meal.

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Perfectly crispy and fluffy waffles, and a fun weekend breakfast. I love using my cast iron waffle maker for this healthy meal.

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Sourdough Flatbread

The perfect side to accompany any meal, or even use it to make sandwiches.

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Sourdough Apple Pie

A yummy, fall-inspired dessert in a pinch. It’s simple and a farmhouse family favorite. Soft and juicy apples in a fluffy, cake-like crust.

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Dutch Baby

Sourdough and breakfast just go together. I especially love breakfasts that can be whipped together and baked while we finish up farm chores, like milking the new goats.

No-Wait Sourdough Recipes With Added Flour

While the no-wait recipes above are simple and delicious, sometimes you may come across a recipe that includes fermentation time, but it’s a step you can skip, if needed.

Like the humble biscuit. You could definitely choose to long-ferment it, making the grains more digestible, or you can just mix and bake.

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Sourdough Cobbler

One of our family’s favorite desserts, sourdough cobbler can be made so many ways.Blueberry,peach, strawberry cream cheese, cherry, andpumpkinare our favorites. But make it with your favorite fruit!

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Chicken Pot Pie

One of our absolute favorite dinners… chicken pot pie. I’m not sure there is a more comforting, rustic food. You know how many times I decided last-minute to whip up this meal? And it’s still tasty without the long-fermentation.

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English Muffins

This recipe is on a weekly rotation in our kitchen. They are super versatile. I use these English muffins to make breakfast sandwiches,mini pizzas,chicken salad sandwichesand even minisloppy Joe’s.

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Mexican food is definitely our favorite cuisine, and these sourdough tortillas are a fun family affair. Everyone loves gathering around the island to roll out a bunch of these tortillas. Use them for tacos topped with fermentedjalapeñosorsalsa, or use them to make a wrap.

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This is a new recipe on the blog and a really delicious, crunchy, and perfectly salty snack. Long-fermentation not required.

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Sourdough Biscuits

While technically these are long-fermented, there is nothing stopping you from just whipping them up and baking right away. These buttery biscuits are so flavorful and tender, they make the perfect breakfast. You can also turn them into my favorite southernbiscuits and gravy.

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Sourdough Muffins

Blueberry, pumpkin, banana, chocolate zucchini, and carrot cake muffins just to name a few. These can be made quick or fermented.

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Snickerdoodle, Shortbread, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Oatmeal, and of course the classic chocolate chip cookies can all be make with discard.

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For you next birthday or holiday celebration try your hand on sourdough cake. They can be long fermented or made quickly. Classic chocolate, vanilla, and coffee cake.

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This recipe is so fun, and perfect for holidays. Mix it up and bake right away or make the night before, allow it to ferment overnight.

There you have it: no-wait sourdough recipes that can come together in no time.

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How quickly do you need to use sourdough discard? ›

When you're ready to use it, let the discard come to room temperature before using it to bake. I will keep sourdough discard in the fridge for about one week. I do know others that keep it much longer. The longer you keep it, the higher the risk of the discard growing mold or bad bacteria.

What can I do with day 3 sourdough discard? ›

What to do with sourdough discard? Don't throw it away! Instead, use it to make delicious and nutritious treats like pancakes, waffles, muffins, and bread. Sourdough discard is a great source of natural yeast and flavor, and can add a unique tangy taste to your baked goods.

What to do with first day sourdough discard? ›

You can always use this discard by directly mixing it into a dough for baking. Your discard, as long as it's in good shape, will leaven any bread dough just as well. The discard is just like a levain you would make for a recipe.

Can you use 2 day old sourdough discard? ›

Can I Use Old Sourdough Discard? You can use old sourdough discard if it's been stored in the fridge, however, you really want to use it up within a week - 2 weeks max. It's better to use "fresh" discard in a sweet sourdough discard recipe.

Can I use sourdough discard straight from fridge? ›

I prefer to use my discard within 7 days of keeping it in the fridge, otherwise, you risk too much sour flavor! To use sourdough discard that's been stored in the fridge, place it on the counter to warm up for 2-3 hours before using.

How do you know if sourdough discard is bad? ›

You can store mature sourdough discard in the refrigerator indefinitely. As long as there is no mold, it is good to use. It may develop a grayish liquid on top called “hooch” which can be poured off before use or stirred in. If you stir it in, the flavor will become more sour.

Can I bake with Day 3 sourdough discard? ›

BUT! You can also use that discard for baking. Some people will use it right away, in which case it'll still be pretty active. Other people prefer to store their sourdough discard until they have enough to bake with.

Does sourdough discard still have health benefits? ›

Yes, there are actually several health benefits to using sourdough discard in your cooking and baking. Sourdough discard is rich in probiotics, which can help promote a healthy gut microbiome and improve digestion.

What can I do with immature sourdough discard? ›

If you are preparing sourdough starter and loathe the idea of throwing away your perfectly good goo, here is what you can make.
  1. Crackers. ...
  2. Flatbread, tortillas, naan and the like. ...
  3. Pancakes & waffles. ...
  4. Biscuits & muffins. ...
  5. Cookies, cakes and brownies. ...
  6. Pizza dough. ...
  7. Batter for fried food. ...
  8. Pretzels.
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Do you discard sourdough starter each time you feed it? ›

It would be best if you discarded some portion of your starter each time you feed it unless you want to continue to let it grow. Eventually, you need to discard the used “food” (flour and water) that's been used to sustain your starter during the last fermentation period.

Can I start a new sourdough starter with discard? ›

Technically, yes you can start another sourdough starter with your sourdough discard - however you don't need two sourdough starters! So as long as your starter is at least 7 days old, why not bake something yummy with the discard?

Can you eat raw sourdough discard? ›

No, it's not advisable to eat raw sourdough starter. While some people claim to have healed their gut problems by eating probiotic rich sourdough starter, it's not really advisable. Raw sourdough starter contains uncooked flour which can harbor harmful bacteria among other things.

Can you make sourdough starter without discarding? ›

A no-discard sourdough starter is simply a starter where you don't discard a portion of the starter every time you feed it! You only feed the starter when you plan to bake with it, then you save the rest for next time. Not only is it less wasteful, it's easy and you don't have to babysit it constantly!

Can you use cold sourdough discard? ›

You can utilize a cold starter in any sourdough discard recipe. These recipes don't require a sourdough starter for leavening, so you can use your starter directly from the fridge. These recipes offer a fantastic solution for using excess sourdough.

Can you feed sourdough discard to chickens? ›

If you have backyard chickens and a sourdough starter - you're in luck! You can feed your chickens your sourdough starter discard so that it's not wasted.

Do I have to use my sourdough discard right away? ›

At room temperature (70 F), sourdough discard should last about 1-2 days. Beyond that, it won't go bad necessarily, it will just become more acidic as time goes on (especially in warm weather). Not ideal for sweet recipes. In the fridge, it will keep for about a week or so, and in the freezer it will last indefinitely.

Do you have to discard sourdough every day? ›

Although you need an active, well-maintained starter for certain artisan breads, you can still make tasty bread with a sluggish, slow starter so you don't have to discard sourdough starter daily. In fact, many of my favorite sourdough bread recipes use discard for flavoring to give bread that classic tang.

Can you start a new sourdough starter with discard? ›

One of the amazing benefits of sourdough discard is that you can use it to create new starters, which are known as levains. These off-shoots from the mother starter can be used to experiment with different types of flour or given as a gift – there's nothing quite like sharing an entire ecosystem with your loved ones.

Do you have to discard every 12 hours for sourdough starter? ›

Starter that's kept at room temperature is more active than refrigerated starter, and thus needs to be fed more often. Room-temperature starter should be fed every 12 hours (twice a day) using the standard maintenance feeding procedure: discard all but 113g, and feed that 113g starter with 113g each water and flour.

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