Light and Crispy Waffles

I love these light and crispy waffles. Our recipe is quick and simple to make and produces the best homemade waffles. Jump to the Waffles Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make it.

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How To Make Light and Crispy Waffles

If you are looking for light and crispy waffles then you are most certainly in the right place. I love my waffles to be on the thinner side. Our recipe makes four to five thin and crispy waffles (maybe 1/2-inch thick). The recipe can be made quickly and calls for ingredients we always have in our kitchen. If you are looking to make thicker Belgian waffles or are using a deep waffle iron, you will get closer to three waffles using our recipe below.

A stack of  homemade waffles

Waffle Batter Ingredients

Let me walk you through what you will need so you can say goodbye to flavorless, floppy waffles and hello to waffles that are light and crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle.

All-purpose flour is my go-to flour for this recipe. You can try whole wheat flour if you’d like, just expect the texture to be a little heavier.

Cornstarch is our “secret ingredient” for making the crispiest waffles. Mixed with flour, cornstarch guarantees that they will be perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

Baking powder and baking soda help the waffles rise and brown. For the lightest waffles, I recommend using both.

Sugar, salt, and vanilla extract provide lots of flavor. I keep the sugar amount low since I love pouring maple syrup on top, but for sweeter waffles, you can increase the sugar. I call for 1 tablespoon, but adding an additional tablespoon wouldn’t hurt.

Milk and oil are the liquid components to the recipe. You can use regular milk or non-dairy milk. As for the oil, I stick with something that tastes neutral like grape seed or safflower oil. For a coconut flavor, you could try melted coconut oil. If you are wondering about butter, you can use it, but the oil will produce a more light and airy waffle.

Egg adds tenderness and provides structure. Just one egg does the trick. If you want waffles without eggs, you can substitute with a flax egg.

How To Make Buttermilk Waffles

Since sharing our recipe, many of our readers have asked if the recipe can be made using buttermilk. The answer is 100% yes! Since we rarely have buttermilk in the fridge when waffle cravings hit, we thought it was important to share how to make them without buttermilk, but the great thing about this recipe is that you can use regular milk, non-dairy milk, and even buttermilk.

Step By Step Method

The process for making these waffles could not be simpler. Let me walk you through how I do it:

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together. That’s the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and a touch of salt.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients together in another bowl or do what I do and whisk them right in a measuring jug. Hooray for less dishes!
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. I whisk until I no longer see streaks of flour. If there are a few small lumps of flour left, that’s okay.
  4. Set the batter aside for 10 minutes. In this time, you can preheat your oven (I talk about why below) as well as your waffle iron. The 10 minutes of rest time allows the baking powder to activate.
  5. Cook the waffles. I use about 1/2 cup of batter for each waffle, but the amount of batter will depend on your waffle iron.
  6. Transfer cooked waffles to a warm (200°F) oven so they stay warm and crisp.
Adding cornstarch to the dry ingredients
The combination of flour and cornstarch guarantees light and crispy waffles.
Adding the wet ingredients to make the waffle batter
For light and airy waffles mix the batter until just combined, there’s no need to over whisk the batter.
Pouring waffle batter on to a regular waffle iron
I love my waffles on the thinner side and find a standard waffle iron is perfect for this recipe.
Preventing floppy waffles by placing them into a warm oven while I finish cooking the rest of the batch
As waffles sit, they loose their crispness. To prevent floppy waffles, keep the cooked waffles in a warm oven while you finish cooking the rest of the batch.

More Of My Waffle Tips

Don’t overwork the batter. Just like pancakes or muffins, you want to be gentle when mixing the wet and dry ingredients together. Only whisk or stir until just mixed — no need for beating here.

Be prepared to throw away the first waffle. Unless you know your waffle iron like the back of your hand, you’ll probably need the first waffle to test out temperature and cooking time. After the first waffle you should have a better understanding of the amount of batter to add (ours takes a 1/2 cup of batter), the best heat setting and timing.

Before you start making your waffles, heat the oven to 200° F. Once each waffle is done, place them directly on the oven rack to keep it warm and crisp. Repeat with the remaining batter, holding the waffles in the oven (try not to stack them). The extra few minutes in the oven adds even more crispiness to the outside of the waffle and keeps them warm for serving.

For extra light and crispy waffles, separate the eggs. Mix the yolk into the wet ingredients. Then, whip the egg white until stiff peaks form. Once you’ve combined the dry and wet ingredients, fold in the beaten egg whites. Separating the egg and beating the white adds airiness to the batter and makes them extra light.

Stack of crispy waffles

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Recipe updated, originally posted February 2014. Since posting this in 2014, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Light and Crispy Waffles

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These light and crispy waffles come together quickly. Cornstarch is the secret for crispy waffles. Mixed with flour, cornstarch guarantees that your waffles will be perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

* This recipe has been developed and tested using a standard waffle iron, not one that makes thick Belgium-style waffles. To see the type of waffle iron we use, watch the video shared in the article.

Makes approximately 4 to 5 waffles, depending on waffle iron

You Will Need

3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (30 grams) cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (235 ml) milk, whole or 2% reduced fat milk are best

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable or lightly flavored oil

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter, syrup and/or berries, for serving

Directions

  • Prepare Batter
  • Whisk the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

    In another bowl or large measuring jug, whisk the milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla together until blended.

    Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until just mixed. Set batter aside for 10 to 15 minutes so the baking powder has time to activate.

    • Make Waffles
    • Heat the oven to 200° F and heat the waffle iron.

      Pour the batter onto the heated waffle iron (ours takes about 1/2 cup) and cook until the waffle is crisp and golden brown. Immediately set the cooked waffle directly on the oven rack to keep it warm and crisp.

      Repeat with the remaining batter, holding the waffles in the oven (try not to stack them). Serve with butter, syrup and berries.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Buttermilk Waffles: To make buttermilk waffles, simply replace the milk with 1 cup of buttermilk. Or, use a combination of milk and buttermilk.
  • Extra Light Waffles: For even lighter waffles you can separate the egg. Mix the yolk into the wet ingredients. Then, whip the egg white until stiff peaks form. Once you’ve blended the dry and wet ingredients, fold in the beaten egg white.
  • About the Salt: We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.
  • Recipe inspired and adapted from Aretha Frankensteins Recipe
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We assumed 5 waffles. The calculations below are for 1 of 5 waffles.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 262 / Protein 5 g / Carbohydrate 25 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 5 g / Total Fat 16 g / Saturated Fat 3 g / Cholesterol 41 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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207 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Stefanny July 9, 2021, 9:26 pm

    Delicious recipe, easy to make and it’s a perfect recipe to creat perfect waffles.

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  • Fero June 12, 2021, 10:11 am

    Absolutely amazing. Great recipe plus with all the perfect tips! Definitely making again and more!

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  • Kyra Abdul Jalil June 9, 2021, 2:25 pm

    It was marvelous…!!! The taste was scrumptious… My family members were enjoying the crispiness on the outside yet fluffies on the inside. My kids even sent to our nearest neighbors. I only change the measurements of the flour to 3cups & cornstarch 1.5cups & we’ve got 26pcs of it. Next, we’re going to try your meatballs recipes. thanks for sharing.

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  • Rockie June 5, 2021, 9:48 pm

    I rarely leave comments for recipes but had to for this one, so beautiful, light and crispy. Not heavy like others, thank you. We only just made sure we doubled the recipe.

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  • Laurie May 15, 2021, 1:18 pm

    These are even better than the yeast waffles I tried a few weeks ago! Both were excellent but this one is thinner and crispier with the whipped egg white. Since I also like the yeast flavor I am not going to toss the other recipe but THIS! If you want a light, crispy waffle with a delectable flavor and easy prep this is certainly the One. Never again will I make waffles with a baking mix! Delicious!

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    • Laurie May 15, 2021, 1:23 pm

      I forgot to mention: toppings were warm maple butter and chopped pecans. Served with a side of bacon and hot coffee. 🙂

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  • Barb April 22, 2021, 11:02 am

    Finally! A crispy waffle! I’ve been trying and trying. These were perfect! The vanilla added a nice touch of flavor–I almost didn’t want to put on the maple syrup. Would have been perfect with some strawberries and whipped cream.

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  • Rebecca April 13, 2021, 12:23 am

    Love, love, love this recipe. I’m hosting a mother’s day brunch this year and I would like to quadruple the original recipe. Would you recommend to simply multiply by 4 or should any of the ingredients be adjusted? Thanks!

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    • Adam June 15, 2021, 5:40 pm

      So glad you love the recipe! Just multiplying by 4 should work fine.

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  • Fouzia Shaikh April 3, 2021, 7:07 am

    The recipe looks awesome.. I just wanna know which waffle is good in taste, buttermilk or only with milk.. I have made both but what I have felt, buttermilk makes the waffle extra fluffy and soft.. I always want waffle crispy from outside and soft from inside and it never comes out like this.. Is it because of buttermilk

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  • Ola March 22, 2021, 6:08 am

    I just made this for breakfast and it was really nice! The only thing I did was to add an extra 2 tbsps of plain flour because I didn’t want it too runny and ½tsp cinnamon. I topped it with some butter and maple syrup and I’m glad I tried this recipe!
    P.s. I saved 2 for icecream for later!

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  • Jeri Hadley March 13, 2021, 11:47 am

    These crispy waffles were a complete hit with the family. I used gluten free flour and I didn’t have any baking soda,and they still tasted great and were perfectly crispy. I’m saving this recipe you can bet!

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  • Lisa Marie February 14, 2021, 1:50 pm

    The best waffle I ever had was a Belgian Waffle in a local restaurant in our area. It was so crispy and light. For many years I have tried several waffle recipes and just could not get the waffles to come out crispy,or at least stay crispy. I made your recipe this morning for my husband and me on our heart Waffle Iron. What caught my eye was the cornstarch, and I looked no further for another recipe. The waffles turned out perfect…crispy and light. My batter was thicker than yours, not sure why, as I followed the recipe to a Tee. Thank you for this great recipe!

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  • Marcy January 30, 2021, 11:44 am

    I’ve been looking for a good crispy waffle recipe. My waffles always turn out really soft. This recipe was awesome!! The best I’ve ever made. I used my cheap heart-shaped waffle iron and they turned out perfect.

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  • Amanda B January 18, 2021, 1:57 pm

    I have tried many waffle recipe online. I came across your recipe and this is by far the best most light crispy waffles I ever made. I have a vertical waffle maker so works alot better with a slightly runnier batter. I will be using this for my all time favorite thank you

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