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These delicious savory waffles with chives come out perfectly fluffy! Top with white cheddar cheese and a runny poached egg.

Savory Waffles with Cheddar and Chives
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Ready for waffles with a spin? Savory waffles. Yes, white cheddar and chive savory waffles! Alex and I can’t believe we’ve never tried this until now: because we’re not fans of sweet breakfasts. The idea of turning that typically sugar-ladden checkerboard into a savory one is totally up our alley! Topped with a poached egg and white cheddar cheese, it’s incredibly tasty and perfect for brunch. Or, serve it as a vegetarian version of chicken and waffles for dinner! Here’s how to make them.

Want our best sweet waffles? Head to Best Blueberry Waffles.

How to make savory waffles

This savory waffles recipe is fluffy and savory, punctuated with the freshness of chives. It’s a riff on these whole wheat waffles and designed for celebratory brunch (or even dinner!). For the topping, add some grated white cheddar cheese, just a bit of maple syrup for a a savory sweet combo, and a poached egg. The result: fluffy, savory waffles punctuated by creamy egg yolk and bursts of cheddar.

Here’s how to make savory waffles (or go right to the recipe):

  • Preheat your waffle iron. You can use either a regular size or Belgian size waffle maker.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients: white whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix together the wet ingredients: butter, milk, egg, and chopped chives. Then pour them into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Cook the batter in a waffle iron until golden brown.
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Regular waffle vs Belgian waffle: which to make?

This savory waffles recipe makes 4 regular waffles or 2 Belgian waffles. What’s the difference?

  • Belgian waffles are much larger than regular waffles: they’re larger in diameter and thicker, with a deeper grid pattern.
  • This makes Belgian waffles even fluffier than regular waffles because they are taller.

You can make either waffle with this recipe. The photo shows a standard waffle, but Belgian waffles look much more impressive! One thing to remember: if you’re eating Belgian waffles, a serving size is just ½ of the waffle (two quarter pieces), whereas with a regular waffle you could eat the entire waffle (four quarter pieces).

What’s the best waffle iron?

Alex and I recently our standard waffle maker in favor of a Belgian waffle maker. We like how they’re fluffier and taller than a standard waffle. Here’s the waffle maker that we got: we love it! It’s also great for gifts (like wedding gifts!).

Buy it: Belgian Waffle Maker

Poached egg
You can use poached eggs for many brunch dishes, like Poached Eggs and Potatoes

How to make poached eggs

These savory waffles are served topped with a poached egg on top to make for a filling meal. How to poach an egg?

  • Method: Go to our tried and true method: How to Make Poached Eggs.
  • Tip: Make sure your eggs are as fresh as can be when you poach them. The whites on older eggs don’t firm up as well, leaving you with some not-so-lovely looking shapes. We know from experience!

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Savory Waffles with Chives

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 standard waffles or 2 large Belgian-style waffles 1x


These delicious savory waffles with chives come out perfectly fluffy! Top with white cheddar cheese and a runny poached egg.



For the savory waffles

  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

For the topping

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • Pure maple syrup, for drizzling


  1. Heat waffle iron on high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the white whole wheat flour, baking powder, and kosher salt; mix to combine.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the milk and microwave for another minute. Whisk the egg into to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not overmix (batter can be lumpy).
  5. Chop the chives; add 2 tablespoons to the batter and reserve 1  tablespoon for the garnish.
  6. Immediately, add the batter into the center of the waffle iron and let it spread it to within 1/2-inch of the sides, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 300°F oven to keep warm.
  7. Poach the 4 eggs for the topping.
  8. When ready to serve, place the waffle on a plate and drizzle with a bit of maple syrup. Top with a poached egg, grated white cheddar cheese, and the remaining chopped chives. 
  9. Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.


Adapted from The Faux Martha

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Last updated: February 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. milena says:

    nice breakfast entry!

  2. sarah says:

    I’ve never made savory waffles! I’ve been meaning to. I can’t wait to try your version. (And, see you in a few days!!) xo

    1. Alex says:

      We’ve really enjoyed the savory waffles. I think we really may end up getting a waffle iron :) See you soon!

  3. Laura says:

    Love that you guys went savoury on this. You neeeed a waffle iron in that sweet new kitchen of yours! We started making waffles with surprising frequency around here once I remembered that it was lurking in the back of the cupboard ;)

    1. Alex says:

      Maybe we just won’t return the one we borrowed… :)

  4. Kathryne says:

    Three years and no waffles?! Funny how visitors never notice these omissions until we mention them (liiike there are no beets on my site, or poached eggs). It’s about time I get on the savory waffle bandwagon. These look terrific!

    1. Alex says:

      Time to get on the poached egg bandwagon… they are seriously the best!

  5. Courtney Jones says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous photo. Delicious looking waffles! I love the idea of a savoury waffle. And what a sweet idea to do a waffle-themed baby shower for Melissa. Love it!

    1. Sonja says:

      Thank you, Courtney!

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    These waffles are the shiz! Love them!

  7. Kiran @ says:

    Absolutely love the idea of savory waffles. And to top it off with poached egg?! Brilliant!!

  8. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves says:

    I’ve never had a savory waffle before, but this caught my attention with that beautiful poached egg! This would be a fabulous brunch dish.

  9. Jeanine says:

    Yum, love poached eggs! Congrats on your first waffle post :)

    1. Sonja says:

      Haha! Thanks Jeanine :)

  10. Eileen says:

    Savory waffles–hooray! I love the idea of oozing egg yolk with a subtly oniony & crispy waffle.

  11. Ashley says:

    Savory waffles!!! Yessss! These sound like perfection and I just so happen to have a pot of chives in my backyard. p.s. get a waffle iron…changed my life :)

  12. Erin says:

    LOVE the savory. I’ve actually never made savory waffles before so that’s going to have to happen soon!

  13. Kathryn says:

    What a wonderful treat for Melissa! Love the idea of these savoury waffles – what a great quick and tasty dinner idea!

  14. Melissa // The Fauxmartha says:

    My heart is overflowing like crazy this morning. Thank you, thank you Alex and Sonja! My confession: I’ve never poached an egg before. I’m going to follow your lead! Love this savory combo with a touch of sweet. I think Kevin would thank me forever for this. My savory recipes are lacking big time. So much love! xoxox

    1. Sonja says:

      You are so welcome, lady! We’re so excited to welcome your sweet little one into the world!

      1. bob says:

        good job

  15. Tieghan says:

    Oh poached eggs and waffles together sound so good and look incredible! What a fun baby shower focused around waffles. That would be awesome!

  16. Belinda @themoonblushbaker says:

    I personality would eat brunch food every day and remain happy.Your waffles look perfect! I love the use of whole wheat; anything to balance out the sweetness of my blog bakes. You should do waffles more often! I love to use them in place of bread or if I have stale ones toast them for waffle croutons on soup.

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