Copycat IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe


IHOP stands for “International House of Pancakes”. It is an American business, headquartered at Glendale, California, that is famous for breakfast foods. IHOP also offers lunch and dinner, but they are best known for their IHop pancakes. The business operates from almost 2000 locations across the Americas, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Guatemala. They also have stores in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Dubai. Many stores are open 24 x 7.

The IHOP pancake range is wide – you can choose from raspberry, strawberry, double blueberry, chocolate chip, cheesecake, and fruity.

Here’s a recipe of the IHOP buttermilk pancake that you are sure to love. It’s a copycat recipe, meaning, the pancake you will get will be exactly like the one you find at an IHOP store. Of course, when you make at home, you know, it will be healthier than restaurant food. You can have the pancake anytime you want, even if you are far from your IHOP restaurant. Now finally, you can enjoy the famous fluffy food at home.

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How To Make IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

Making this comfort food is really easy. You just need a few simple ingredients, many of which you probably already have at home. You can customize the pancake as well, to your taste. But generally, they are slightly sweet, with the buttermilk providing a bit of a tang. Many even love to have it for dinner and store a few for breakfast.

IHOP Pancakes Recipe

4 from 8 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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IHOP pancakes certainly are a treat and knowing how to make them yourself at home is almost a necessity.


  • 1-1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons of sugar

  • 1-1/2 cups of buttermilk

  • 3 more tablespoons of buttermilk if you have to thin your batter

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1 egg, beaten lightly

  • 2 tablespoons 2 of vegetable oil

  • Syrup to serve


  • First, keep the flour, your baking powder, salt, sugar, and the baking soda in your bowl.
  • Now whisk to mix all of them well.
  • Add the oil, egg, and buttermilk.
  • Take a spoon and mix all the ingredients.
  • Beat until it turns smooth.
  • During cooking, if you see that the batter is too thick, then add some more buttermilk. Make sure to mix well.
  • Now heat your griddle or skillet over medium to low heat.
  • Apply a little bit of cooking spray or oil.
  • Pour the batter in. Spread it to the size you want. There is really no rule to how big a pancake should be, but do make sure that it is not too thin.
  • Turn your pancake over, but only once you see the batter beginning to have small bubbles on the top.
  • You will be able to turn it easily by applying a nonstick spray on your pancake turner.
  • Your turner won’t stick to your uncooked batter while turning.
  • Cook your pancake until you see both the sides are golden in color.
  • You are now ready to serve with a syrup of your choice.


  • Apart from syrup, you can also add softened butter, chopped nuts, fruits such as bananas, or whipped cream on your pancake before serving. You can have it with bacon slices and scrambled eggs too if you want. The pancake is a versatile food. You can have it in many ways.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories350
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 25g 39%
    • Cholesterol 235mg 79%
    • Sodium 610mg 26%
    • Potassium 398mg 12%
    • Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
      • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
      • Sugars 7g
    • Protein 14g 29%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

      What Buttermilk Does to a Pancake

      Traditionally, buttermilk is one of the by-products of the process of making butter. It is the leftover liquid you get once the butter has been churned from the cream. However, buttermilk is now produced commercially.

      Buttermilk provides a slightly tangy flavor to the pancake. It also activates the baking powder or baking soda in its batter, which will make your pancake fluffy and light even before you begin to cook it in your pan. Its acid content will break down the gluten, which is why you have a moist, soft, and tender pancake.

      Using milk instead of buttermilk – You can also use milk instead of buttermilk, especially if you want your pancake to be more tender and for a tangier flavor. However, if you do indeed want to use milk, then make sure to use just one teaspoon of baking powder instead of one and a half. Also, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

      The buttermilk and milk ratio will remain the same.

      Making buttermilk at home – Don’t have buttermilk? Don’t worry. You can prepare it at home easily. All you have to do is just add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to 1-1/4 cups of milk. The vinegar or lemon juice has acid, which will clabber your milk and give you buttermilk.

      Buttermilk is good for health – Those who are diabetic can also have buttermilk. Research has established that fermented products of milk like sour cream, yogurt, low-fat cheese, lassi, buttermilk, and kefir can bring down the risk of diabetes by 28 percent.

      In fact, having buttermilk may even improve health. Studies have revealed that it provides good probiotics, manages the blood pressure level, reduces cholesterol, strengthens our bones, provides vitamin B, and helps us digest food better.

      Tips & Tricks

      Make sure never to overmix your batter if you want airy and light pancakes. Use minimal strokes to combine the dry and wet ingredients until it is smooth. It is okay to have some lumps.

      You will be able to flip the pancake easily in a nonstick griddle or pan. Never over grease. Also, ensure that the griddle or pan is adequately hot before you place the batter on it. Pancakes will cook the best on medium to low heat. The inside will be fluffy, while its outside will be beautifully brown.

      Remember, never to press down or pat your pancake while it is cooking. You may end up having a too dense, heavy pancake, instead of an airy and light texture.


      IHOP makes some of the best pancakes you can find. But you can make them at home as well, and they can be equally good, if not better. Just follow the step-by-step making process outlined on this page and remember our tips. You will surely have beautiful pancakes. Let us know down below how these turned out for you.

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