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 fluffy pancakes at home!

A stack of homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with syrup on a plate.

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Who doesn’t love a great big stack of IHOP’s famous pancakes? Now you can have these anytime without a long line. I sometimes know on the weekend the line can go out the door. When you make breakfast at home, the lines are short! Guess what, your food is just as delicious.

I love these pancakes they have a wonderful flavor, a little sweet, and the buttermilk gives them a big of a tang. They aren’t hard to make at all. Sometimes when I make a batch of these, I make some to stick in the freezer so I can enjoy them later. I lay pancakes on a cookie sheet and freeze them individually flat. When they are completely frozen, I move them to a single zip-top bag and I am set.

For making this recipe you can use a griddle or a large skillet. To make these I prefer a griddle because I can make a whole batch at once. Skillets work well, too! I like to heat my oven to around 200 degrees and pop the cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet and keep them warm until I have cooked all of them.

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IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

You can recreate the IHOP buttermilk pancakes at home. 
4.6 from 15 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: IHOP Recipes, Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 356kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon 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.



Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t know what happened. What was your question? I don’t know if you will receive a notification to this question because you left an invalid email address. I tried to reach out to you, but again it was invalid.

      • Dave

        The burgers aren’t the only good thing there. I’ve been getting the country fried steak with mashed and corn with the white sausage gravy over all. Delicious and all for about $10. I use their app so I can swing by on my way home from work and do a grab-and-go!

    • Josh Wright

      These pancakes were amazing! They taste just like IHOP. Instead of using cooking spray we use real butter to coat the skillet. All of the required ingredients is cheap. I never go to IHOP anymore because I can make the same quality pancakes in the confront of my House. Every time I make these people love them. I’m a very picky eater, and I love these. If you love pancakes you will love this recipe!

  1. Elsa

    5 stars
    I made these this morning and they were delicious!!! However, like some of the comments suggested, I would not grease my stainless steel griddle so that the pancakes would have a nice even color, instead of spots. Aside from the spotty look (which was completely my fault), the pancakes were light, fluffy, and delicious! My entire family enjoyed them. Thank you!

  2. Cristy K.

    Delicious! I’ve made many different homemade pancakes recipes but was never able to replicate the signature IHOP taste. These are definitely a great replication! I never have buttermilk on hand so I soured milk. I also don’t spray the griddle or use butter on the pan as the pancakes get that signature all over golden brown surface by not greasing the surface. If you’re looking for pancakes with that “something special” these are it.

    • Jeanine

      You don’t need buttermilk in hand all you need is a tablespoon of lemon and a cup of milk stir let stand for 5 minutes

  3. Jonathan

    Has a former IHOP cook, I will tell you there is one serious error in this recipe. IHOP does not use cooking spray or oil to cook the pancake. A pancake will not stick to a properly prepared griddle or non stick cooking surface. Using cooking spray or oil changes the top of the pancake from a soft sold golden color to a crispy splotched crater effect. You want to have the flavor of pure melted butter on the hot pancake as opposed to an absorbed flavor during cooking.

    • joel

      5 stars

      Thank you for your post. I have been making pancakes for a very long time. I would always apply butter to the cook surface. I could not get the desired effect on the finished product. I use a cast iron griddle that is always properly seasoned. By not applying butter or spray the pancakes came out perfect! This recipe is dead on. Thanks guys.


  4. Carol

    I lived in America for the past two years as an exchange student, and IHOP was one of my favorite restaurants. Right now I am back in Brazil, where I’m from, and this pancakes recipe definitely made me feel like I was eating at IHOP, I loved it. And my mom put her hands down to it too !!!

  5. Jim George

    Hi great recipe. In fact it’s my go to recipe for pancakes.

    However, if there’s one thing I do differently and would change its that the egg white be separated from the yolk. Mix the yolk with the wet ingredients and beat the white separately until slightly stiff.

    Fold the egg white into the batter slowly at the end after you have mixed all your wet and dry ingredients together. This way you get the fluffiest pancakes.

    Thanks again for sharing this with the world.

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