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Sourdough Waffles

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Sourdough waffles are full of flavor, tender as can be and oh so good. So go ahead and break out the syrup and warm up those waffle irons!

stack of sourdough waffles with strawberry sauce and whipped cream

Use sourdough discard or starter straight from the fridge to make delicious sourdough waffles. They are delicious topped with sweet syrup, but are great in savory applications as well.

Start the sponge the night before for extra delicious waffles. It gives you something to look forward to in the morning!

There have been a couple of factors that have lead to a sharp increase in the number of waffles eaten in our house.

1. I bought a Belgian waffle maker. There is just something so much more fun about a Belgian waffle. The deep wells leave plenty of room to catch all of the good stuff and there is more room for a crisp exterior and soft interior.

2.We have a sourdough baby that loves to be fed. Luckily our new housemate, Bertha (the starter), also loves to make delicious food.

glass bowl full of sourdough sponge for waffles

She has made quite a few batches of muffins, plenty of bread, even some pasta. But the freezer is full of muffins, and bread. Though we have a lot of fun making pasta we can’t really go through the whole process on a weekly basis.

Luckily Little Dude loves getting a muffin out of the freezer and warming it up for breakfast. I love toasting a slice of homemade bread from the freezer and frying an egg to put on top for lunch. I am sure we will make more pasta as time goes on.

In the meantime… we have been making waffles!!

stack of sourdough waffles on plate

This recipe is our favorite ratio of ingredients. We have tried to mess around with it some including adding more eggs, which I think would make good pancakes but made wimpy waffles.

In the end this is the recipe we love.

You can easily extend it by adding an extra cup of flour and buttermilk to the sponge, then you get closer to 14 waffles. It is best if you let the sponge sit overnight, but we have had really good results just letting it sit for a few hours as well.

Just stick it in a warm spot and let the sourdough go to work!

These waffles are not very sweet on their own. The sugar gets eaten up by the sourdough during the fermentation.

So they would work pretty well for savory applications. They get a nice crust and are soft and delicious inside.

We have had them with maple syrup plenty of times, but we love them with fruit. Our last decent harvest of blackberries was cooked down into a blackberry sauce that was fabulous on waffles.

sourdough waffle with butter and maple syrup

We have enjoyed them with peach vanilla sauce on top as well. This particular day a easy strawberry sauce and whipped cream really hit the spot.

The combination of strawberries, waffles and whipped cream always reminds me of Sunday brunch as a kid. That was a really special treat back then and it still is today.

If you are looking for a more savory breakfast, I think these waffles would make an excellent base for some scrambled eggs and sausage gravy too. We will have to try that soon and report back to you!

Do I have to start the sponge the night before?

It’s not completely necessary, but highly recommended.  If you forget, don’t despair.

Just let the mixture sit for as long as possible before adding the remaining ingredients. The baking soda will still give you a good rise and fluffy waffles.

stack of sourdough waffles with strawberries and whipped cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use sourdough waffle batter for pancakes?

You certainly can. Our last batch was made into half waffles and half pancakes and every last bite was enjoyed.

What kind of sourdough starter is best for these waffles?

You can use sourdough discard or unfed starter straight from the refrigerator. You don’t have to feed your starter in advance. 

More great recipes using sourdough discard:

Sourdough crescent rolls are soft, ever so slightly sweet with a nicely rounded sourdough flavor. They are the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner!

Soft whole wheat sourdough bread is perfect for toast or sandwiches. It is easy to make, lightly flavored and delicious.

Orange and cranberries come together with just a hint of spice in cranberry oatmeal sourdough muffins. They are a perfect grab and go breakfast or fun healthier brunch treat.

More great waffle recipes:

Apple cider waffles can be made sweet or savory. Use them as a base for pulled pork or drizzle them with syrup or caramel.

Red, white and blueberry sourdough waffles have the goodness of blueberries right inside. Top with strawberries and maple whipped cream for a patriotic breakfast. 

What are your favorite waffle toppings and have you ever made sourdough waffles?

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

stack of sourdough waffles with strawberry sauce and whipped cream

Sourdough Waffles

Servings: 12 Waffles
Author: Carlee
Use sourdough discard or starter straight from the fridge to make delicious sourdough waffles. They are delicious topped with sweet syrup, but are great in savory applications as well. Start the sponge the night before for extra delicious waffles. It gives you something to look forward to in the morning!
5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes



  • 1 cup sourdough starter straight from the fridge
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or all purpose
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk or a cup of milk soured with a tsp of lemon juice


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • Stir together the sponge ingredients, cover and allow to sit at room temperature overnight.
    1 cup sourdough starter, 1 cup white whole wheat flour, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 cup buttermilk
  • In a small bowl, beat together the batter ingredients. Stir into the sponge.
    2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Grease and preheat your waffle iron.
  • Ladle batter into waffle iron and cook according to the iron’s instructions.
  • Waffles are best served immediately but can be held in a warm oven if needed.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 6th of March 2023

What time should I start them overnight? It is currently 5:30 where I am at


Tuesday 7th of March 2023

There is a lot of leeway. I usually start it around 8:00 PM. But it is a very forgiving recipe, so pretty much any time should work.


Monday 8th of August 2016

Girl, you know I am a sucker for waffles and these look absolutely delicious. I am a huge fan of fruit on top of my waffles. Any fruit makes me happy. But berries and peaches are the best. Now my stomach's growling! It's all your fault. LOL


Tuesday 9th of August 2016

I definitely thought of you as I was making them. It looked like something you would love other than the gluten of course! You've been teasing me with all of your yummy looking treats, so I had to do it!

Jerusha (

Monday 1st of August 2016

This is perfect for me! I'm getting ready to restart our sourdough starter (I had started one two weeks ago, but my husband fired up the oven to broil and didn't move the starter off the stove vent so... Yeah, it accidentally baked. LoL!) and I need an idea of how to use it! Thank you! - Jerusha,


Monday 1st of August 2016

Oh no! That is too funny (and sad!) that it got cooked. We love these waffles, but I also have some sourdough muffin recipes on here that we are addicted too. Then there is the sandwich bread. All good stuff!!

Andrea Nine

Monday 1st of August 2016

Yes, yes, and yes!! I have been craving a good waffle and these are it!! OH I wish they would magically appear in from of me right now, lol!! Yum with the sourdough for sure!!


Monday 1st of August 2016

Ever since I got the new waffle maker, everything has to go in there! But these are the far and away favorite. Jax has been begging for waffles, so I have to make them right? If only you were a little closer, we'd happily share!