IHOP Pancakes Recipe


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Cooking spray or butter, for the pan


  • Whisk together the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Combine wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and sugar until well combined.
  • Create the batter: Gently pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a whisk or spatula until just combined. It’s important not to overmix – a few small lumps are okay.
  • Let the batter rest (optional): For extra fluffy pancakes, let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax and the baking powder to fully activate.
  • Prepare the griddle: Heat a large griddle or nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Lightly grease with cooking spray or butter.
  • Cook the pancakes: Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle, leaving space between them.
  • Watch for bubbles: Cook the pancakes until bubbles form on the surface and the edges begin to set, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip: Carefully flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
  • Repeat: Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as needed.
  • Serve and enjoy: Serve hot with your favorite toppings like butter, maple syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.


  • Buttermilk is key: It adds tanginess and helps make the pancakes fluffy. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to regular milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Don’t overmix: Overmixing leads to tough pancakes. Just a few gentle strokes to combine the ingredients are enough.
  • Grease the pan well: This helps prevent sticking and ensures the pancakes cook evenly.
  • Temperature matters: Use medium-low heat to allow the pancakes to cook through without burning.


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