The Genius Secret Behind IHOP’s Extra Fluffy Omelets

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If you’ve ever ordered a stack of pancakes at IHOP, you know what a treat they are. (After all, they aren’t called the International House of Pancakes for nothing!) ;-)

While I’ve always been a fan of IHOP’s pancakes, apparently their omelets have become a customer favorite as well. But what I didn’t know until just recently is that when you order an omelet at IHOP, you’re actually getting the best of both the pancake and egg worlds!

By adding their pancake batter to the eggs, IHOP has cracked the code to making an omelet that’s fluffy, flavorful, and filling enough to keep you full until lunch. The next time a daydream about eating out leaves you with a craving for a restaurant-worthy omelet, give this spot-on “copycat” recipe a try!

How To Make A Pancake Batter Omelet (Copycat IHOP Recipe)

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup prepared pancake batter*
  • Veggies, diced ham, or cheese (optional)

*Note: If you don’t want to make a whole batch of pancake batter, just measure out about 1/3 cup of your favorite “just add water” pancake mix, then stir in a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.


Whisk the eggs together in a mixing bowl and season them to your liking. I typically keep it simple with just salt and pepper, but you can always add dried dill, smoked paprika, or chili powder to make things more interesting!

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Add the prepared pancake batter to the bowl, then gently fold the batter into the eggs just until everything is incorporated. (Be careful not to over-mix—you don’t want to deflate the batter and eggs!)

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Place a nonstick skillet on your stovetop over medium heat, or set your electric griddle to medium, then pour the egg mixture onto it.

Cook the eggs for about 5 minutes, or until almost set, then add your veggies, meat, or cheese, if desired. 

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Then it’s time to fold! Try IHOP’s signature folding method:

  • Fold the two sides of the omelet in towards the center. Don’t fold too much of the omelet here—just an inch or two to create straight sides.
  • Then roll the omelet about three times, starting from the top and working your way down. (It should resemble a burrito.)
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To help show you the difference between the IHOP-style omelet and a standard one, I made one with pancake batter and one without. As you can see, the omelet with pancake batter turned out much bigger and more golden-brown. It was also a little sweeter than the standard omelet and had a fluffier texture.

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If you’re looking to shake up your breakfast routine, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. (But if you’re more of an egg purist, you can always go the scrambled egg route!)

Do you add any unconventional ingredients to your omelets?

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Copycat IHOP Pancake Batter Omelet

Jill Nystul
A classic 3-egg omelet made fluffier and more filling with a secret ingredient: pancake batter!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 283 kcal


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp water
  • veggies, meat, or cheese optional


  • Prepare 1/2 cup of pancake batter by adding a few tablespoons of water to about 1/3 cup of "just add water" pancake mix.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk well.
  • Add the batter to the eggs and stir to combine.
  • Cook omelet on a preheated skillet or griddle for about 5 minutes, or until the eggs are mostly set, then sprinkle on add-ins like cheese, meat, or veggies.
  • Fold 1-2" of each side of the omelet toward the center, then roll the omelet from the top toward the bottom.


Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 20gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 522mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 821IUCalcium: 167mgIron: 3mg

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  • More and more I’m finding common or name brand foods at my local Dollar Tree. IMO, this is a great way to test out foods you normally wouldn’t buy. Because they usually come in much smaller packages, you can purchase it and experiment with foods and not feel too guilty if you end up not liking it. Pancake mix, for me, is one of those foods. I’m excited to try this recipe but I will keep this secret ingredient a secret from my family to see their reaction LOL Plus a quick google search of recipes that use pancake batter offers a plethora of additional recipe options to choose from.

  • I can’t eat their omelets. Found out in the most uncomfortable way – ate an omelet and within the hour, while shopping, went running to the rest room – I am gluten sensitive and didn’t know they added pancake batter. Now I don’t even want to step inside their restaurant. Cross contamination is bad enough, but to not know it is actually being added to your food without a clear statement about it, that’s just not right.

    • I agree this should be on their menu, as those of us who are gluten free frequently opt for and omelet and have no idea when some form of gluten is added.

  • Although I have n problem with carbs, I think a better way to get fluffy omelets is to beat the whites and add to the yolks. It does take extra time, though..

  • I’d love to try this but never use pancake mix – just eggs milk flour so can you help with quantities of a homemade pancake mix please. Pat (Essex England)

    • Pat, it is tough to break down the exact amount if you are making homemade mix, because you’re only using 1/3 cup of all the ingredients combined. You could try adding a bit of flour and a splash of milk to the egg mixture – maybe 1/4 cup flour and 2 tablespoons of milk for the 3 eggs. I think you will just have to experiment to get the right amount.

    • I agree. I wouldn’t want the sugar that’s in most pancake mixes. You could always make up a batch of the dry ingredients only of your favourite recipe then use 1/2 cup of that. With or without the sugar. Then save the rest of the batter for the next time you make an omelet.

  • We went there several years ago and I’d already seen online that their omelets were not on the gluten free list for them and wondered why. Then when we got to the restaurant I saw it in very fine print in the omelet section that they had the batter in them. I was so glad I was paying attention. Fast forward a couple of years and I was having allergy tests done. I asked for gluten to be included in the blood tests. I hadn’t eaten it for a couple of years but had to eat it for two weeks to be tested for the antibodies. Turned out I wasn’t allergic, as my doctor thought, I was sensitive to gluten. The allergist said that it didn’t bother me when I ate it thise two weeks because going a year or two without a food we’re sensitive to resets the system and stops the sensitivity. Who knew? Now I can enjoy those omelets and wanted to share in case that might help someone else.

  • The thing that concerns me about this recipe is that so many people do not know this and if you are a diabetic as my DH is it is adding a lot of carbs to the omelet. I was very thankful we eventually found out due to his diabetes. I personally feel IHOP should make is clear on their menu that the omelet contains pancake batter.

    • This is what I meant below. Landon above found it somewhere in tiny print, but it was not made obvious. Some people eat pancakes and will love their omelettes this way, but I quit IHOP after that.

  • I have no problem with people who enjoy pancake mix in their omelettes. But I was frustrated years ago to learn that they were doing this to make their omelettes look bigger, when there was NO mention of pancake mix on the omelette menu description! Just eggs, cheese, veggies! That is when I quit eating there. What if someone had been allergic to wheat? I felt it was dishonest. That said, I am more of a purist when it comes to food, but my way isn’t for everyone, but this brings back memories for me!

  • I love IHOP . Their Omelets are so yummy. I just viewed this recipe on another site. I was really surprised that the folks who are experts at doing copycat versions haven’t discovered this trick yet. This looks amazing.

    • I also know I have some Gluten sensitivity issues – so a lot people including my Doctors if to try to avoid it. I was just wondering if this recipe would work using a gluten free pancake mix. I think they also carry them in the shake and pour versions.

      • Oops – I meant a lot of folks including my Doctor don’t see a need to test if you suspect you are sensitive to it. I did test for it years ago- but didn’t realize you have eat gluten products for about a month for it to show up in tests.

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