How to keep waffles from sticking

How to stop waffles from sticking

Having waffles that stick to the waffle grids is a bummer and can frustrate you enough to not even want to use your waffle iron again. It can feel like a waste and can be frustrating to expect a waffle and receive crazy looking piece of cooked of partially dough.

Never have your waffles stick again!

Restaurant quality waffles are so delicious that you might be tempted to hit up a restaurant every time you want waffles. However, the reason they’re so good isn’t because their appliances are better than what’s available on Amazon.

It’s because they make so many waffles that they’ve perfected their technique. These are techniques that you can master in just a few tries.

Keep your waffles from sticking to your waffle iron!

Someone recently asked me advice on stopping their waffles from sticking to their Chef’s Choice Commercial Grade Waffle Iron. I see this as a common problem around forums and on websites all over. People’s waffles stick! Do you need cooking spray? Or a different waffle maker? 

My initial piece of advice is this….. Better Butter Better Waffles.

How do you grease a waffle iron without cooking spray? – All about butter!

There are some people that have no problem putting butter in their waffle recipes. Others are making their own waffles because of special dietary restrictions. For those who don’t eat butter, scroll further down for non-butter tips!

Unsalted or Salted

Unsalted butter is the go-to butter for baking waffles and other baked goods. However, choosing ingredients falls on preference. If you like an extra bit of saltiness to offset sweetness then choose salted butter. Recipes are often flexible and there’s no evidence that salted butter changes a baked good in any way.

What about Butter Temperature?

When it comes to ingredients, especially better, room temperature is ALWAYS better. It’s not necessary, but it makes mixing easier if you bring the butter out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you plan on using it. Cut the butter into small cubes and then mash in order to soften it faster. There’s usually no need to melt better for a recipe.

What about Fat Content?

High fat butter is better! Organic butter from grass fed cows is even better than that. Not only is it extremely healthy but it tastes great.

What’s better than butter? Ghee.

Put the Heat Up!

Another problem that may be causing your waffles to stick is the heat. Sometimes we’re afraid of raising the heat for fear of burning our food. What happens then is that the waffle isn’t being cooked well enough to harden and “unstick” itself from the waffle grids.


You might not be giving the waffle iron enough time to heat up before pouring in your batter. Waffle makers with indicator lights can help with this.

Should I spray my Waffle Iron?

Some people swear by Pam or similar cooking sprays.This may be necessary if your waffle recipe contains absolutely no fat at all, because fat cooks fast and ensures that your waffle doesn’t stick.

The fat in your recipe doesn’t have to come from butter, it can come from eggs, avocado oil, or other sources.

For some great recipes that are also healthy, check out our Top 10 Paleo Waffle Recipes.

If your recipe is a fat free one, you’ll likely need spray or some other form of fat.

How do you clean a sticky waffle iron?

If you use a waffle recipe with no or very little fat, chances are that your waffle will stick, even if your waffle maker has nonstick plates. In this case, you probably should use spray.

However, you’ll need to use a damp cloth to clean your waffle iron plates. Nonstick spray can build up over time and damage your waffle iron.

Always follow your waffle maker’s directions on cleaning. But in general, you always unplug the appliance, let it cool down, and do not use chemicals or brushes. Usually, a moist towel or sponge does the job well.

Remember, you’re not looking to “decontaminate” your appliance, you just need to remove the food particles that have stuck to it.

Follow this guide for more detailed advice on cleaning a waffle iron.

Know your waffle maker

It can be tempting to just jump in and begin cooking waffles as soon as you get your appliance, but don’t! Read your instruction manual and know that it will take you a few times to understand exactly how to use it.

Some goes with a new recipe. If it doesn’t seem to work the first time, you might have made a mistake in the ingredients or measurements. Try it again or tweak it a little to see if it works for you.

Mix Your Waffle Batter Gently

Waffle batter can be tricky. It needs to be smooth enough to flow through all the waffle grids but think enough to bake and slightly rise. Mix ingredients together gently with a rubber spatula in an unbreakable bowl until ready.

When it comes to batter, thicker is better. I always find myself adding a little bit too much water or pancake batter and then needing to add more mix or add coconut flour to thicken things up.

How long do you leave a waffle in a waffle iron?

Don’t lift the lid too soon! Generally, always follow your waffle maker’s indicator lights, but it if doesn’t have one, steam is a good indicator that your waffle is ready. Don’t raise the waffle lid before you see this or you can prematurely cool the waffle and stop the baking process.

Think of it this way. If you’re baking a cake in the oven and constantly opening it to see if it’s done, the cake won’t bake correctly. That’s why ovens come with lights that allow you to see inside the oven.

In the same way, your waffle maker’s “light” is the indicator light or sound that alerts you when it’s ready. Get a waffle maker with an indicator light and let it tell you when the waffle is done.

Doesn’t nonstick mean that it won’t stick?

No, not really. Having a nonstick waffle iron means that your waffles probably won’t stick, depending on your recipe. Again, the less fat you tend to use, the more likely that your waffles will stick.

One of our favorite nonstick waffle makers with indicator lights

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron, Silver
  • Creates two deep-pocket 1-inch Belgian waffles at the same time. Dimensions : 15.50 L x 9.75 W x 9.30 H inches....
  • Included components: Measuring Cup, Waffle maker unit
  • 1400 watts of power. UC Cubic Feet: 1. 08
  • Nonstick coating for quick food release and easy cleanup

The Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker is one of our favorites because it solves many problems that people have with waffle makers to begin with.

Not only does it bake two Belgian waffles at the same time, but it’s nonstick grids are especially good and it’s rotating action ensures even cooking. Even cooking means no undercooked spots that tend to stick.

In addition to that, it has a 6 setting browning control knob that allows you to customize heat. Best of all, it has two LED ready indicator lights to let you know when waffles are done. This is a GREAT waffle maker for those who constantly struggle with sticking waffles.

Here is a recap of its features:

  • Cooks 2 Belgian waffles simultaneously
  • 6 setting temperature control
  • Nonstick coating
  • 2 LED indicator lights
  • Rotating function
  • 1 year warranty

Looking for another option? Check out the Old Fashioned Cast iron Stove Top Waffle Iron!

Have we ended your waffle sticking problem forever? Let us know in the comments below!

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