Light and Crispy Waffles

We love these light and crispy waffles. Our recipe is quick and easy and makes the best waffles made entirely from scratch. Go to the recipe for homemade waffles


Here’s how to make our favorite waffle recipe

If you are looking for light and crispy waffles, you have come to the right place. This easy waffle recipe makes waffles with the tenderest outside while being soft and fluffy on the inside.

These are the best waffles we’ve ever made at home. I often find waffles too dense and greasy, but not this one. These are light-footed.

Our recipe makes four thin waffles, as shown in the photos and video, or two to three thicker Belgian waffles. It’s also easily duplicable, so if you need to serve more people, you can.

The recipe is quick to make and uses ingredients we always have in our kitchen. Let me walk you through them. The full recipe is below.


Let me explain what you need so you can say goodbye to saggy, boring waffles and hello to waffles that are light and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  • all purpose flour It’s my favorite flour for this recipe. Easily holds waffles by feet. You can of course substitute whole wheat flours like whole wheat or spelled flour, but expect them to be a bit denser.
  • cornstarch It’s our secret ingredient for the crispiest waffles. The cornstarch ensures that the waffles come out perfectly crispy and tender.
  • baking powder and baking soda helps waffles rise and brown. For the lightest waffles, I recommend using both.
  • sugar, salt and vanilla extract help waffles taste great. I keep the sugar low because I love to drizzle maple syrup on top, but you can increase the sugar for sweeter waffles.
  • vegetables petroleum is my favorite fat for these waffles. I’ve tried melted butter and while it adds a buttery flavor, I prefer the oily texture. You can experience this yourself; Just use the same amount of melted butter as the oil specified in the recipe.
  • milk or buttermilk is the liquid in the dough. If I have buttermilk at home I use it, but if I don’t have one, a combination of milk and some lemon juice or vinegar mimics buttermilk. If you don’t have lemon juice or vinegar, use plain milk. Waffles always taste great.
  • egg gives tenderness and structure. For the lightest, fluffiest waffles, separate the egg. Beat the yolks into the milk, then beat the whites until stiff peaks form and incorporate into the batter.

How to make buttermilk waffles

Many of our readers have asked if you could make the recipe with buttermilk. Of course the answer is 100% yes! In fact, we prefer them with.

Since most of us rarely have buttermilk in the fridge when we’re craving waffles, use the trick of mixing plain milk and lemon juice (or vinegar) to mimic buttermilk. I’ve shared the ratio below in the Recipe Tips section.

Our top tips for making waffles

Don’t overwork the dough. Just like with pancakes or muffins, you need to be careful when mixing wet and dry ingredients. Just beat or stir until combined.


Set the waffle iron to the highest temperature. In our experience, waffles bake best when baked at the highest temperature. But of course waffle makers are different, so if you have it turned up high and you think the waffles are too dark, turn it down a bit. We tried four different waffle irons with this recipe and need another heat setting other than high.

Before preparing your waffles, preheat the oven to 200°F. To keep baked waffles crispy, place them directly on the oven rack.


Fill the waffle maker with enough batter to fill the entire bottom rack. The amount of batter you need depends on your waffle maker. For example, we added less than 1/2 cup to the waffle maker in our video and just over 3/4 cup to our thicker Belgian waffle maker.


For extra light and crispy waffles, separate the eggs. I know it’s an extra step, but trust me, it’s worth it. If you don’t have time, you can add the whole egg. Add it to the oil and milk mixture. The dough will be thinner and fluffier.

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Updated recipe originally posted February 2014. Since posting in 2014 we have changed the recipe to make it clearer and added a short recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Light and crispy waffles

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These light and crispy waffles are quick to prepare. Cornstarch is the secret to crispy waffles. It guarantees that your waffles are perfectly crispy and tender.

This recipe makes four standard waffles (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick). If you want to make thicker Belgian Waffles or use a deep waffle maker, get closer to three waffles with our recipe below.

Egg separation is optional but recommended. We don’t do that in the video; However, after years of reader feedback, we’ve found that beating the egg whites slightly thickens the batter and improves results for thicker waffles.

Makes 4 standard waffles or 2-3 thick waffles

Watch us at the recipe

will need

1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (30 grams) cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 spoon of sugar

1 cup (235 ml) buttermilk, see notes for alternatives

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

Butter, syrup and/or berries for serving


    Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar in a large bowl.

    In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract.

    Separate the egg for the lightest waffles. Beat the egg yolk into the milk mixture. If you don’t plan on separating the egg, crack the whole egg into the milk mixture.

    When you separate the egg, place the egg whites in another bowl, beat until stiff with a hand mixer, then set aside.

    Whisk the milk mixture with the dry ingredients until only small lumps remain. Switch to a rubber spatula and carefully add the beaten egg whites.

    Set the batter aside for five to ten minutes while you prepare the waffle maker.

    Heat the waffle iron to the highest temperature.

    Cook the waffles until golden and crispy, placing enough batter in the waffle maker to fill the entire bottom rack. If the waffles are too dark, reduce the heat slightly.

    Serve waffles immediately or keep warm and crispy on a rack in a 200°F oven until ready to serve. If you stack them outside of the oven, they will steam and go soggy.

Advice from Adam and Joanne

  • Buttermilk Substitute: Use whole milk or to mimic buttermilk, mix 1 cup whole milk with 2 tablespoons lemon juice or distilled white vinegar.
  • The melted butter makes these waffles a bit heavier, but they’re delicious. Use 1/3 cup melted butter.
  • Recipe inspired and adapted from Aretha Frankenstein’s recipe
  • Recipe updated in May 2022 to improve results when making thicker waffles.
  • Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We assume four waffles.

If you make this recipe, take a picture and use the hashtag #inspiredtaste. We love seeing your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 waffle / calories 255 / total fat 21.4g / Saturated Fatty Acids 16.3g / cholesterol 53.2 mg / sodium 161.5mg / carbohydrates 13.5g / fiber 0.1g / total sugar 6.2g / protein 3.6g

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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