These super tasty savory waffles with kimchi are something else entirely. Perfect for lunch, breakfast or as in between snack. They would even do well for dinner!

Savory waffles with kimchi

Savory waffles with kimchi

Delicious and surprising are these savory waffles with kimchi. Worth to try even if it sounds a bit weird maybe. Just go for it!

I have a soft spot for waffles. I find them so satisfying and delicious. Usually my go to waffle is a sweet one such as this burned maple butter waffle. The recipe for those is by Donna Hay and as a coincidence, so is this one. I was having a cooking day with Charlotte and we figured we wanted to make waffles that were slightly different. I had a jar of kimchi lying around that needed to be used.

So I started searching on the internet for waffles and kimchi and came up one by Donna Hay. Now waffles and Donna Hay is a good match as far as I am concerned. So these savory waffles with kimchi had to be good too. I was a bit hesitant on the kimchi I have to say but they were so so good!

savory waffles with kimchi

With delicious sauce

For making these waffles you actually incorporate the kimchi into the batter. You have to cut it quite finely so it divides well across the batter. By whisking the egg whites to stiff peaks you create some air into them and after baking them in the waffle iron they have a very delicious crunchy texture.

These would also go really well with a fried egg on top I am sure. We kept them quite simple and just made some sauce to go over it. The fried onions also give it an extra crunch so I would highly recommend adding that in. It’s so good.

For all those people that do not like buttermilk, you don’t actually taste it in the finished product. It is purely so that it creates some additional air into the waffles. Just try for yourself and you will see that the buttermilk is just there to enhance the waffles.


Of course you can eat the savory waffles with kimchi as they are without dressing. But I have to say that the sauce really added to the flavor. It’s a mixture of mayonnaise and ketjap and it is just perfect with the waffles. If you want to make it a bit on the lighter side you can swap out half of the mayo with Greek yogurt.

That will make it fresher and lighter and will also bring down the fat content a bit. Having said that; you don’t actually have to use the entire quantity of the dressing. It’s quite a bit so you can use whatever you like. That will help in making it lighter too.

What can I use instead of kimchi?

Well you could go wild and try this with sauerkraut instead. Since kimchi is a fermented food and so is sauerkraut I think both would work well. You do want to add something to the batter as otherwise it would just be a bland waffle. So kimchi or sauerkraut are good options and both are equally healthy.

Savory waffles with kimchi

Savory waffles with kimchi

5 from 1 vote

Delicious waffles with surprising kimchi inside
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes

8 waffles


  • Waffle maker



  • 225 gr flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 35 gr corn flour
  • 375 ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs divided
  • 300 gr kimchi finely sliced
  • pinch of salt


  • 75 gr mayonnaise
  • 60 ml ketjap or soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp fried onions
  • 2 spring onion in rings
  • 3 tbsp garden cress
  • extra mayo to taste

  • Take a large bowl and use it to mix the flour, corn flour and the baking powder. Add a pinch of salt
  • Add the oil, buttermilk and the egg yolks to it.
  • Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold it through the batter.
  • Cut the kimchi smaller and stir through the batter.
  • Heat your waffle iron and brush with some oil. Bake the waffles in the hot iron.
  • Mix the mayonnaise and the soy sauce together into a thin sauce. Serve the waffles with the sauce, fried onions, spring onions, garden cress and some extra mayonnaise if you want.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist