Best Buttermilk Waffles

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This Buttermilk Waffles recipe will be your family’s new favorite way to enjoy waffles. They are easy to make with pantry staples and make nice fluffy waffles with crispy edges and a perfectly fluffy interior.

Suitable for vegetarian diets.

a stack of buttermilk waffles topped with fresh berries, butter and maple syrup

Folks, my family and I are huuuuuuge waffle fans! We make waffles at least once a week. And this recipe for delicious homemade Southern Buttermilk Waffles may be our new fave! #waffleaddicts

I’ve enjoyed challenging myself to come up with new and different waffle recipes over the years, such as Nutella Waffles and these Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Waffles to name just a few.

You can also try these Honey Waffles and these festive Gingerbread Waffles. Yep. We totally love, love, love waffles, and not just for breakfast!!!

side view of waffle stack with fresh berries on a white plate

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And if you’re anything like me, you’re gonna love the unexpected kick of diced jalapeño in these Southern buttermilk waffles. But for those who don’t want the heat, these are totally optional.

Why Make This Recipe

  • This buttermilk waffle recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch
  • Fluffy and light inside texture while still being crispy on the outside.
  • Easy to make in less than a half-hour. Serve with Strawberry Compote.
  • This is seriously the best buttermilk waffle recipe. The ENTIRE family will rant and rave about them
  • Made from scratch waffles are ALWAYS better than pre-made waffle mix
the ingredients needed for making buttermilk waffles

Ingredient Notes

  • All-Purpose Flour: You can use whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor or a gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free option.
  • Sugar: Adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. You can use brown sugar or a sugar substitute like honey or maple syrup.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent to make the waffles rise- This is how you get fluffy waffles!
  • Salt: Use a small amount to balance the sweetness. You can use sea salt or kosher salt.
  • Cinnamon: Adjust the amount of cinnamon to your preference. You can also use nutmeg or other spices for variation.
  • Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and letting it sit for a few minutes until it curdles.
  • Eggs: Use room temperature eggs for better incorporation into the batter.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor and aroma of the waffles.
  • Butter: Adds richness and a slight buttery flavor to the waffles.
  • Jalapeño Peppers (optional): Adds a spicy kick to the waffles for those who enjoy the heat.

Ready to learn how to make Buttermilk Waffles? Then gather up your ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make Buttermilk Waffles From Scratch 

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  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Pour the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter into the dry ingredients bowl. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into the hot waffle iron. The amount of batter needed varies based on each waffle iron. Scoop the batter into your waffle iron in batches and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions (lean toward being a little deep) and cook until golden brown and perfectly crisp. 
  5. Keep finished waffles warm while cooking the rest of the batch.
image collage showing the steps for making this recipe

Recipe Tips

  • Keep the cooked waffles warm by storing in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 200 degrees F / 94 degrees C on a wire rack on a baking sheet. 
  • Lightly oil or spray the waffle iron with cooking spray before cooking each batch. 
  • Want even crispier waffles? Turn the heat up on the waffle iron. Don’t worry, you won’t burn them, and they’ll still be the best waffles ever.  
  • Do not open the waffle maker halfway through cooking at the risk of breaking the waffles.
  • Make sure you don’t overmix the waffle batter recipe. This will make them turn out too dense. It’s ok if you have lumpy batter- This will create air pockets!
top down view of the finished recipe on a white plate topped with fresh fruit

Delicious Variations

  • Fruit-Infused Waffles: Add fresh or frozen berries like blueberries, raspberries, or diced strawberries to the waffle batter for a fruity burst of flavor. Sliced bananas, diced apples, or peaches also work well. Consider adding a sprinkle of cinnamon with apple waffles.
  • Chocolate Lover’s Waffles: Mix in chocolate chips or chunks into the batter for a delightful chocolatey treat. White chocolate chips or dark chocolate can be used for variety.
  • Nutty Waffles: Fold in chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds into the batter for a crunchy texture.
  • Spiced Waffles: Experiment with different spices like nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom to give your waffles a unique and warming flavor profile.

Waffle Toppings

Folks, waffles are just so darn versatile. Try adding on any of these tasty toppings on your waffle stack other than the usual butter and syrup:

  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or any fresh fruit
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows
  • This crispy Air Fryer Bacon (!)
a jar of homemade waffle batter recipe with a spoon

Prep and Storage

These Buttermilk Waffles are an ideal meal prep recipe because you can make the waffles ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer until you need them. 

  • Prep Ahead – If you’re looking to prep the ingredients on the same day or the night before, you can mix the dry ingredients (from step 2) together ahead of time and store in a container. I do NOT recommend adding the wet ingredients (from step 3) as this will activate the baking powder and that should not be done until you’re ready to make the waffles. 
  • Storage – Keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.
  • Freeze – Cooked waffles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Here’s how to do it;
    • Let them cool down, and then transfer into Ziploc freezer bags.
    • Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags.
    • Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer.
  • Reaheat – To enjoy, let the fluffy waffles thaw overnight. Warm them in the oven at 200 degrees F / 94 degrees C for 5-10 minutes or toss them in the toaster. 
close up view of stacked waffles topped with fresh berries

FAQs

What is buttermilk?

Buttermilk is very popular in Southern recipes, rightfully so because it takes regular recipes up a notch. Traditional buttermilk is made from churning fresh butter. It leaves a leftover liquid that is lower in fat yet higher in protein and is very useful in many recipes. 

Can I make my own buttermilk?

While I tend to think all Southern recipes that call for buttermilk should use actual buttermilk, I know what it’s like to not always have some on hand. So, for the times you don’t have any extra buttermilk to use, try making your own. 

Check out my how to make buttermilk post to learn how easy it is to make your own homemade buttermilk. Go ahead and make extra and freeze it so you always have extra on hand when you need it!

What’s the difference between homestyle waffles and southern buttermilk waffles? 

Some people may think that all waffles are just waffles. But, those of us waffle lovers know there’s a difference in these kinds of waffles in texture and taste.

This Buttermilk Waffle Recipe is lighter and fluffier than traditional homestyle waffle
s as they’re made with buttermilk and homestyle waffles use regular milk.

side view of a the finished recipe covered with syrup and topped with fresh berries

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a stack of buttermilk waffles topped with fresh berries, butter and maple syrup
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4.70 from 13 votes

Buttermilk Waffles

Delicious Buttermilk Waffles are thick, fluffy and crispy pieces of heaven. These waffles are perfect for breakfast, brunch and whenever you need a Southern treat.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: american, western, southern
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (272g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ cups (420g) buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (113g) butter, melted
  • 2 jalapeño peppers diced (optional for those who like a spicy kick!)

Instructions

  • Preheat the waffle iron.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Pour in the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter into the dry ingredients bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the waffle mix into the preheated waffle iron. The amount of batter needed varies based on each waffle iron. Scoop the batter into your waffle iron in batches and cook according to the manufacturer's directions (lean toward being a little deep) and cook until golden brown and perfectly crisp. 
  • Keep finished waffles warm while cooking the rest of the batch.
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Notes

  • Keep the cooked waffles warm by storing in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 200 degrees F / 94 degrees C on a wire rack on a baking sheet. 
  • Lightly oil or spray the waffle iron with cooking spray before cooking each batch. 
  • Want even crispier waffles? Turn the heat up on the waffle iron. Don’t worry, you won’t burn them. 
  • Do NOT open the waffle maker halfway through cooking at the risk of breaking the waffles.
  • Do NOT over-mix the waffle mix. This will make them turn out too dense. 
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1001IU | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 4mg

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hubs said these are the best waffles we’ve made (and we’ve tried MANY). He took a picture of the printed recipe to be sure we didn’t lose it!! Delish!! Made 5 perfect waffles

  2. 5 stars
    Addendum from Jacqui…..
    For some reason my 5star rating did not post with my comments

  3. Over the years I have been trying all manner of waffle recipes in search of the perfect one. Your recipe was our Sunday brunch today and i have found Nirvana. I had to use a little more buttermilk than recommended but i have cooked and baked long enough to be aware that moisture content often needs adjustment due to weather conditions. Not only were these waffles tasty, but they were light and crisp as advertised.
    Thank you!!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made these New Year’s Day to use up some syrup I made for Christmas brunch and they are instantly a keeper! I did increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon but that’s hardly a departure. Very easy and great instructions, thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve tried lots of waffle recipes in the past, like lots. These were the absolute best I’ve ever made. Crispy and fluffy and flavorful. Thick batter didn’t drip everywhere… perfect.

    1. 1 star
      Followed the instructions to a tee. Family did not like them at all. The recipe list calls for cinnamon, however, it’s not listed in the actual directions. Waffles were fluffy, but the dish did not taste like buttermilk, they tasted more like cinnamon waffles.

      1. While the texture of these waffles were fine they lacked any flavor at all! Very bland! Not fluffy! Will keep searching!

  6. 5 stars
    We just enjoyed these delicious buttermilk waffles for breakfast. They’re light and fluffy, and incredibly good!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh wow! These look absolutely perfect! 🙂 Making this for sure later this week.

  8. 5 stars
    You are making me drool. Especially that close up shot of the waffles topped with butter and powdered sugar. YUM!

  9. 5 stars
    These waffles were so fluffy and delicious! We saved some in the freezer and have been having them for breakfast during the week – thank you!