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IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

You can make IHOP buttermilk pancakes just like they do—it is easy to do! We are proud of this long-awaited creation. Enjoy these famous pancakes at home! You can make a plateful of the IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes for you and your family. IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes are hearty pancakes. Be sure to make some of these very soon.

IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

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  • Recipe Type: Breakfast
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

You can make pancakes like IHOP buttermilk pancakes at home.


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, plus 2 to 4 tablespoons if needed to thin the batter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan (or nonstick cooking spray)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Syrup, for serving


Place the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl; Whisk them to mix. Add the buttermilk, oil and egg. With a spoon, mix all ingredients and beat until smooth. If batter seems to be too thick while you’re cooking the pancakes, add a little more buttermilk and mix well.

Heat a skillet or a griddle over medium-low heat. Brush with a little oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in batter until it spreads to the desired size. Let the batter start to show small bubbles on top before you turn the pancake over to finish cooking. Turning pancakes is made much easier if you spray your pancake turner with a nonstick spray. The turner does not stick to the uncooked pancake batter when you are turning them. Cook the pancakes until golden on both sides. Serve warm with your favorite syrup.

This recipe makes about nine 4" - 5" pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite syrup.

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  • Sunny Dee

    So good!!! Seriously! Eating them hot off the griddle as I type. Light, fluffy and perfect. My 13 y/o son made these with my guidance and we will never need another recipe. I honestly don’t know who can give this a bad review unless they did something wrong. Thank you for sharing :-)

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so glad you enjoyed these. It’s always great when you make others happy to cook!

  • Cyndi – My Kitchen Craze

    I can not wait to try these. I tried to make some homemade pancakes last weekend and they turned out runny and yuckie. These looks perfect! Pinned!

  • Krista

    I just went to IHOP a couple weeks ago and holy moly I loved their pancakes. Can’t wait to make these over the weekend!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  • Ana

    Great recipe! txs

  • Diane

    A tip from a IHOP employee. Do make them fluffy, put the batter in a glass or metal bowl, once mixed set the bowl in ice. When the batter hits the hot griddle it causes them to fluff up.

  • kathy

    I got a recipe for their pancakes a looong time ago (before 2009) and they truly tasted perfect I thought it was this site, but the sugar here is measured in teaspoons so I don’t trust it. I can believe they were bland. Wondering what measurement everyone that raved about them, was using.

    • stephaniemanley

      My recipe has been consistent for as long as it has been online. So I can’t offer a suggestion for more sugar.

  • Ali

    Thanks for sharing. I live in Malaysia and everythime I visit USA I go to
    Ihop to eat these delicious pancakes. I am going to try them at home now.

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you enjoy these pancakes! It is great that you can take something back with you!

  • Jourdan


    • stephaniemanley

      Excellent, I am so happy you enjoy them.

  • Bev JoAnn

    The actual secret to the fluffy pancakes is by mixing the batter in a deep bowl. By doing this, it makes bubbles in the batter.

    • stephaniemanley

      Great tip, I will have to try this and change bowl that I use when making these ihop pancakes.

  • Guest

    The secret to making the pancakes fluffy is actually to use by making the batter in a deep bowl…it keeps the bubbles in the batter. Just sayin’.

    • stephaniemanley

      Yep, it seems like someone agrees with you on making buttermilk pancakes, I appreciate the tip.

  • siscbma

    Love ,love , love this recipe!!

    • stephaniemanley

      Excellent, this is good to hear.

  • Juan

    I tried this today and the pancakes came out super super thin, they almost looked like crepes. My wife and I don’t live in the US, so we were excited about trying this and were disappointed in the end, but we’re not giving up though. I followed the recipe to the letter. I did not have buttermilk so I had to do it using milk and vinegar to create the buttermilk. Are you sure it is that much flour and not more? I’ll give it another try soon, any suggestions?

    • stephaniemanley

      I don’t know where you are, but it could be the flour is not the same as US flour. If they were too thin you could have added more flour to make them thick. I have only make these with store bought buttermilk, they are needed for lift the pancakes have. Again, I would have added additional flour.

  • Alyssa

    I made these this morning- super easy! I did have to add a little more flour, because for whatever reason, mine were super thin. I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I had to sour the milk myself. I also added blueberries to them- just put them in after I put 1/4 cup of the batter in the pan. I will probably make these again!

    • Stephanie

      Sometimes measuring flour can be a little tricky. I am glad you enjoyed the pancakes.

    • stephaniemanley

      Flour can be a tricky thing to measure. If packed heavily into a container you will have a dryer batter. Humidity can also come into play. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  • Pete Byle

    A simple version ……but pretty dog gone tasty is……….Jiffy Mix and buttermilk. Little melted butter and or sugar is optional. Just mix to the thinness/thickness you desire.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for this suggestion.

  • Kandace

    I upped the sugar to 2 tablespoon and added some vanilla. . . just like iHop! Thanks!!

    • stephaniemanley

      I appreciate the tip.

  • eduardo

    they dont look like ihop why

    • stephaniemanley

      Did yours not look like the ihops?

  • Miss Thing

    I tried the recipe today and I will say it is a good starter recipe. I added a little extra salt and sugar, and a little water to thin the batter out. Needless to say these were the best pancakes I had ever made.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am happy to ear that you enjoyed these pancakes!

  • somaya

    best pancake every,taste like ihop

  • Copycat

    The way how u made pancake were delish. i love them so much i made them. This is an 6 years old

    • Stephanie

      Super! I am glad you thought they were some tasty pancakes!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Awesome!! I was cooking when I was about your age.

  • Lena

    It is so tasty than ihop

  • jason

    you can make them fluffy if u separate the whites and whip them then fold it into the batter

    • Stephanie Manley

      That sounds like a great idea!

  • Swmira7

    Not as fluffy as Ihop.
    Seasoning is good, good sweetness.
    But it is heavy . I tried this recipe 3 days in a row, tried to make it fluffy.
    Would grade this recipe 100% if it is as fluffy as premixed store bought recipe.
    I am ready to try next recipe.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Often pre-packaged mixes have agents that help make mixes come up lighter. These aren’t typically ingredients that are found in your regular grocery store.

  • Lisa

    JULY 23, 2012

    I made these yesterday. They were divine! They tasted a lot like IHOP! I cooked one batch with vegetable oil and one batch with butter. The vegetable oil worked better. This recipe is definitely a keeper in my book!!!

    • Stephanie Manley

      They don’t use butter to cook pancakes with, they use an oil that we don’t have regular access to.

      • MM

        IHOP uses butter in the pancake batter; none on the grill. They use a dry stainless steel grill to cook pancakes on.

  • Lposinski2

    Made these for my family Sunday morning, everyone loved them they were awesome! Thanks so much!

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am happy everyone enjoyed your pancake breakfast!

  • Anjel

    I just made and ate the Buttermilk pancakes for my family. YUM! Light and fluffy as promised. I added a little vanilla and a touch more sugar. Thank you!

  • Danielle

    but i do love me some homemade ihop pancakes because i hope is one of my favorits

    • Stephanie Manley

      I hope it was a favorite of yorus too.

  • Danielle

    hi i just want to say that i love this websit because i can get all of the info that i need to cook

  • Leichelt

    My son is the king of pancakes. Iade these for him tonight and he loved them.

  • Michelle

    Do you happen to have the Butter Pecan Syrup recipe to go with those pancakes?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I do not have a similar recipe, but you can buy this in many stores. Wal Mart often sells a butter pecan syrup.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I do not have a similar recipe, but you can buy this in many stores. Wal Mart often sells a butter pecan syrup.

  • Dave

    My kids hate my pancakes, so I tried these and they went for seconds!! Excellent!!!

    • stephaniemanley

      Dave, that is awesome.

  • Jenna

    Tried this one tonight. I would have to taste IHOP and these side by side, but they tasted really good!

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  • Gloria

    Hmmm … I have to say these were better than IHOP !!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you very much. If anytime you don’t have to stand in line will work for me.

  • Randy

    This recipe is great!!!