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Sourdough English Muffins

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins have a rich flavor. Use up your sourdough discard and deepen your English Muffin flavor with this excellent sourdough recipe.

The yogurt in these overnight Sourdough English muffins works with the sourdough starter to produce a wonderfully tender texture. And you get all the added health benefits of sourdough fermentation in this method too.

Extra Sourdough discard is produced when you feed your sourdough starter to get it active for your next bread masterpiece.

You have to discard some of that yeasty magic elixir. Sourdough discard recipes like this one use that discard in various stated of activity.

Sourdough English Muffins Have A Rich Flavor. Use Up Your Sourdough Discard And Deepen Your English Muffin Flavor. The Texture Will Also Be Improved. So Good!
Sourdough English Muffins have a rich flavor and beautiful crumb. Perfect for toasting.

This English Muffin recipe uses up your more active sourdough discard, fed in the last few days.

Recently fed starter is not active enough to properly rise a loaf of bread but will give these muffins good lift as they cook on your griddle.

Sourdough English Muffin Buttered
Toasted sourdough english muffins with butter are EXTREMELY tasty.

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Can you Freeze Sourdough English Muffins?

You absolutely can freeze these muffins.

Here’s the Method I Use:

  1. For Short Term Freezing:
  2. Allow the muffins to cool completely.
  3. Place the muffins into a plastic bag (I use recycled bread or even produce bags) and suck out the air.
  4. Close the top of the bag and freeze for up to a month.
  5. For LONGER term freezing:
  6. Place the sealed air tight bag of muffins into an air tight freezer container or larger ziplock bag with all the air sucked out.
  7. Freeze up to 6 months.

To Defrost the Muffins:

Remove the bag from freezer and allow to sit in the fridge or at room temperature until defrosted. Do NOT microwave the frozen muffins. They can be overcooked with poor results.

These muffins can go directly from the freezer into the toaster.

These Sourdough English Muffins freeze very well. It’s so nice to have a quick ‘pull it out of the freezer’ breakfast muffin or dinner side handy. Just toast them! So yum.

This easy sourdough English Muffins recipe is very straightforward. Just follow the simple instructions in the Printable Recipe card at the bottom of this post.

The tips below are offered as support. I suggest you read them over and the entire recipe before you begin.

For the Best Sourdough English Muffins:

Sourdough English Muffins
Sourdough English Muffins

Read this section to learn how to make great sourdough English muffins. The starter has a LOT to do with how these turn out.

You will need to start this sourdough starter recipe the night before but don’t let that scare you off. Sourdough is all about fermentation. Fermentation takes time. But the sourdough does the work. Mostly you just need patience.

A few tips on Recipes using Sourdough Starter:

  1. My sourdough starter is not your sourdough starter.
    1. Mine might be either wetter or drier than yours. I tend to go a bit drier with my starter than 100 percent hydration (which is a one to one proportion of water to flour). Mine is more a 100 percent starter to begin and then I add more flour than water to keep it fed.
    2. ALSO my starter might be more or less ACTIVE than yours. That’s why I included the picture of the starter just before I used it. So you can see the bubble action and the consistency. This starter was fed within 24 hours of using it for this sourdough English Muffin recipe.
Wild Yeast Sourdough Starter
A recently fed starter has some bubbles and activity but will not rise a loaf of bread.

SO how do you make a recipe with sourdough discard that gives consistent results? 

  1. Learn how to feel the dough. Your dough will tell you when it’s right.  Knead this dough by hand until you feel the elasticity develop. This won’t take long.
    1. Add more flour if the dough is extremely wet. It should feel like a baking powder biscuit dough with a bit more resilience (and stickiness) by the time you’re done.
 English Muffin Dough
Sourdough English Muffin dough  on a baking sheet. This is just after cutting and placing. Not yet risen.
  • When you cut the English Muffin dough out it should be pretty easy to get onto the baking sheet for raising. But still a tender delicate dough. DON’T overwork the dough before rolling it out or your muffins will be tough.
  • You can use any size cutter you like to form your English muffins. I used BOTH a regular sized mason jar ring (you can see a row of these smaller muffins in the foreground.) AND a wide mouth size jar ring for the other two rows.
  • To get 12 muffins you will need to roll the dough out evenly about 1/2 inch thick if you are using the large jar rings. We preferred the larger sized muffins.
  • To get 12 large muffins you will need to use your scraps too. That’s easy enough.
    1. Just squeeze the scraps into a dough ball and knead it a few times to get it back together.
    2. NOW REST the dough a few minutes to let it really form.
    3. NOW roll it out, cut the dough into shapes and repeat until your muffins are all on the baking sheet. 
  • The baking sheet must be lined with parchment or a silicone mat OR well oiled (NOT preferred).
  • You can raise the muffins per the recipe timing instructions. OR you can set the baking pan in your fridge and retard the dough until your ready. (No more than 10 hours).
  • Just remove the baking sheet from your fridge an hour before cooking time to let them get to room temperature before cooking. I retarded mine 6 hours so we could have them with dinner.
  • Sourdough English Muffins Raised
    Sourdough English Muffins Raised and retarded in the fridge 6 hours.

    I love the way these turned out. The texture and flavor are perfect English muffin. I ALWAYS toast my english muffins. We love that extra bit of crisp and heat that melts the butter perfectly.

    Sourdough English Muffin
    Sourdough English Muffin

    Pictured are the larger sized sourdough English muffin in the background stacks. The muffin split open on the plate is the smaller size. 

    Tips on handling sticky dough:

    This dough can stick to your hands and utensils. Here is what I do to solve that.

    1. WET your hands and utensils as necessary. Wetting is like magic. Dough will not stick to water.
    2. Dust the dough with flour to make it easier to roll out if your really struggling. The dough is probably a bit too wet and needs more flour to stiffen the dough (Only a little though or the muffin will be tough).
    3. After you have the muffins cut out you can dust them with cornmeal as is traditionally done. I did NOT dust my muffin with cornmeal. I was out of it. But the muffins were perfectly workable with wet hands and a wet dough scraper to help place the muffins and keep the proper shape.
    4. Cook them as long as it takes to completely cook the middle of the muffin. Depending on how thick you make the muffin that can vary. The raising and cooking times called for in the recipe are a STARTING place. Use them as a guide but learn the dough and you will get a better result.
    5. Flatten the muffins top with your spatula as they cook. You can see if the dough middle tries to squeeze out the sides. Keep cooking the English muffins until the middle is firm and the bottoms are well browned.
     English Muffins With Sourdough Tang
    Sourdough English Muffins fully cooked. Notice the browned flat tops. This is the traditional English muffin. So good! The sourdough starter really adds a nice flavor too.

    Your Printable Recipe Card:

    Sourdough English Muffins Have A Rich Flavor. Use Up Your Sourdough Discard And Deepen Your English Muffin Flavor. The Texture Will Also Be Improved. So Good!
    Yield: 12 english muffins

    Sourdough English Muffins

    Prep Time: 1 hour
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Sourdough English Muffins have a rich flavor. Use up your sourdough discard and deepen your English Muffin flavor. The texture will also be improved. So good!


    • 2-3/4 Cups All purpose flour (divided)-350 grams
    • 1/2 cup recently fed starter-130 grams
    • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt-285 grams
    • 1/4 Cup water-59 grams
    • 1 Tablespoon honey-20 grams
    • 3/4 Tsp. salt-1.5 grams
    • 1 tsp. Baking soda-4 grams


    Night Before:

    1. Mix starter yogurt and and water together in a large bowl
    2. Add 2 Cups of the flour and let sit 8 hours or overnight covered at room temperature.

    In the morning:

    1. Add remaining ingredients including the extra 3/4 Cup flour.
    2. Mix by hand and then turn out onto your work surface.
    3. Knead lightly until the dough becomes elastic.
    4. Roll out on a floured board to 1/2 inch thick.
    5. Cut out muffin rounds with a mason jar lid or circle cutter.
    6. Arrange the muffins on a baking sheet lined with silicone mat or parchment paper.Sourdough English Muffin Dough

    Let rise 45 minutes or longer. You can put them in the fridge and let them sit all day if you like. Then pull them out an hour before cooking time. They should look like this when ready to cook.

    Sourdough English Muffins Raised

    1. Heat your griddle to to medium and cook muffin 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.Sourdough English Muffins Cooking
    2. Turn the English muffins and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottom is browned to your liking and cooked thoroughly. Flatten the top with your spatula as necessary to create the flat top. Sourdough English Muffins Properly Cooked


    This dough is a trifle sticky. To make it easier to work with keep your hands wet and use a wet dough scraper.

    If you find it necessary use cornmeal or a bit of flour to dust your english muffins to make them easier to handle.

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size

    1 english muffin

    Amount Per Serving Calories 121Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 5g

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    Saturday 2nd of March 2024

    Just finished making the English muffins.. they turned out excellent next time I’ll double the recipe! One small thing I measured and double checked the weight of the ingredients… 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt on my scale was 5g 1 teaspoon of baking soda on my scale with 7g

    Anyway, not a big deal I made a note to myself…

    Thanks again! Dan


    Saturday 2nd of March 2024

    Hi Dan, We are so pleased you enjoyed this recipe. And thanks you so much for reviewing the recipe and adding in those weights. I'm sure other readers will benefit from your input. Happy Baking!


    Saturday 14th of May 2022

    Can you use sour cream instead of the Greek yogurt?


    Saturday 14th of May 2022

    Sour cream should work fine one to one as a replacement for greek yogurt in these muffins. Let us know how they turn out! Happy baking!

    Rebecca L

    Monday 21st of March 2022

    I haven't had a chance to try your recipe yet. I would like to add it to my recipe folder since when I'm cooking it's easier for me to have a hard copy than trying to follow it on my phone (especially whenever there's things involved like overnight rest/ferment). Unfortunately, when I try to print it, the printable version only has the ingredients, notes, and nutrition information. None of the directions are included 😥 Really hope you can figure out why this is happening. I've just started to work with sourdough and love it so far. Thank you for posting great recipes!

    Rebecca L

    Monday 21st of March 2022

    @Diane, wow! Thank you for getting on this so quickly. Happy to report that whatever they did worked and I now have a copy of the full recipe in my sourdough folder. 😃


    Monday 21st of March 2022

    Hi Rebecca, I will get my tech people on this ASAP. How annoying that it only partially prints. I have never seen this before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    Stephanie P

    Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

    I made these last night and all I can say is WOW! I’ve tried a few sourdough English muffin recipes and they all fell short of my expectations. These had the perfect texture and taste. I expected a super tangy flavor with the yogurt, but somehow they were not! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I’ll be making these regularly!


    Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

    Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for letting us know you love this recipe. Happy Baking!


    Monday 7th of February 2022

    Hi Diane, I look forward to making these muffins. I’ve noticed many online recipes for sourdough English muffins don’t have nooks and crannies. Is it possible to achieve these? Or is it something that’s not possible with this type of method? Thanks in advance for your advice.


    Monday 7th of February 2022

    Hi Neha, Bubbly dough makes those nooks and crannies. My beginner Artisan sourdough bread is a good choice if you enjoy that open crumb. :) English muffins are intended to bake more densely with a even crumb. If you use a really active starter the dough may ferment and produce some bubbles overnight. You will need to handle the dough very lightly when forming the muffins for cooking. Best of luck and Happy Baking!

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