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How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker

Anaëlle Laurent
By Anaëlle Laurent. Updated: November 12, 2020
How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker
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A waffle is a golden, embossed, grid-like pancake that is crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. Thanks to their neutral flavour, they are also very versatile as you can pair them with sweet or even salty ingredients.

Although preparing waffles is as easy as preparing pancakes or pancakes, its way of cooking can complicate things a bit, since it requires a special instrument: a waffle maker. But don't worry if you don't have one, as you can use other utensils and get very good results (some better than others, of course).

In this oneHOWTO article we're going to teach you how to make waffles without a waffle maker.

4 diners Less than 15 minutes low difficulty


  • Dry ingredients
  • Liquid ingredients

You'll need:

  • Large bowl
  • Whisk utensil
  • Silicone brush for kitchen or napkins
  • Sandwich maker or griddle pan
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Steps to follow:


Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl, except for the baking soda. Remember, bicarbonate is activated by contact with acidic ingredients, so add it last, close to cooking time, so it doesn't lose effectiveness.

If you want, in this step you can also add a pinch of ground cinnamon as an optional ingredient. As you add the ingredients, sift them through. Sifting the dry ingredients prevents lumps from forming in the preparation. Mix everything very well so that the ingredients are integrated.

How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker - Step 1

Add all the liquid ingredients to another bowl. It is very important to mix all the ingredients well when making the waffle dough without a waffle iron. The consistency should not be too runny nor too thick, but it should be a little thicker than a pancake batter.


Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones. Stir well until all the ingredients are integrated and get a homogeneous texture. Add the baking soda too.

How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker - Step 3

Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Just as it isn't best to use old batter, it is also not recommended to add the batter to the griddle pan right after we've mixed it thoroughly. Let it rest for a couple of minutes so you can have fluffier waffles.

How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker - Step 4

Grease the sandwich maker with butter or oil if necessary. Since we're not using a waffle iron, you can opt for a sandwich maker or a griddle pan. If the appliance is non-stick, it is not necessary to grease it with oil or butter. Run the sandwich maker or heat the griddle pan for a couple of minutes before cooking the waffles. It's important to heat it up before starting so the waffles are cooked thoroughly.

How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker - Step 5

Ladle the mixture onto the griddle. Add the mixture evenly, otherwise the waffle will have an uneven structure.


Wait until it cooks. The estimated time is between 5-8 minutes. However, it varies according to the heat generated by the iron of the appliance. With this in mind, we recommend doing several initial tests, cooking at least 1-3 test waffles. Thus, you will know an exact cooking time and you can apply it with the rest of the batter.


Once you see that your waffles are ready, leave them a little more. This way, they will be crispier on the outside. But, be careful! Do not leave them for too long as they can burn.


And violá! Your freshly made crispy waffles are ready! It's time to add nutella, chocolate, strawberries or whatever topping you prefer.

Without a doubt, the sandwich maker or and waffle maker are very similar, since they both use two plates. Therefore, the result that we will obtain from the sandwich maker is logical: a waffle with a soft texture on the inside and very crunchy on the outside, very similar to the original.

If you used a griddle pan, as we have in the photo below, your waffle will look a little different but will, nevertheless, be delicious!

How to Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker - Step 9

You may also be interested in our article about how to make pancakes or how to make crepes, all homemade and delicious!

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