Buttermilk Waffles Recipe + Black Sesame Whip

All hail the glorious wonder of Buttermilk Waffles. Made better with an Asian twist: a big dollop of Black Sesame Whip. Classic recipe, modern spin. Weekend morning perfection.

There’s nothing like waffles to make breakfast feel like an occasion. Waffles say, today is a special day.

Is there a way to fully describe the puffy brilliance of waffles? All those nooks and crannies, perfect for maple syrup. All that golden deliciousness, reminding us — we can’t eat just one. Fluffy. Crispy. Every bite is a satisfying pleasure.

If you’ve never made waffles before, I’m hoping this recipe will convince you: homemade waffles are easier than you think. And yes, you do need to invest in a waffle iron!

If you’re a waffle pro, I’m hoping this will become your new standard recipe. Delightfully crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. A blank canvas for so many flavor options! A Buttermilk Waffles recipe that’s sure to be a keeper!

Either way, waffles seem to announce themselves in grand fashion. Elegant and luxurious. And yet, unfussy and simple. Mix in one bowl. Scoop into a waffle iron. Drizzle with syrup and eat. That’s it.

close up of buttermilk waffles and black sesame whip with berries

What makes this recipe work?

First off, the obvious: buttermilk. Thick. Rich. Tangy. There is no substitute. In a pinch, I’ll sour some milk with vinegar. But it’s never quite the same in the end. Buttermilk gives these waffles some major rise and amazing flavor. Try it and be forever converted!

Secondly, the extras: toppings always make waffles better! For me, the syrupy-sweet affair that is the North American waffle is just too much. I am a savory lover, that’s for sure.

That’s why I like the combination of savory black sesame seeds with indulgent whipped cream. I’m betting you’ll love it, too. Make for the aunties and uncles in your life — even they will approve of this not-too-sweet, Asian riff on a classic!

(Like black sesame as much as me? Try Black Sesame Mochi Donuts, Black Sesame Mochi Cake, or Black Sesame Creme Brulee!)

How to Make Buttermilk Waffles + Black Sesame Whip:

Let’s start with the waffles. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup.

Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk. That’s it!

Heat up the waffle maker and make waffles! Keep them warm in a 200F oven, in a single layer, directly on top of the oven racks. (This “dries” out the waffles, keeping them crispy and warm.)

oval platter of buttermilk waffles

Make the Black Sesame Whip: beat heavy cream with black sesame powder + powdered sugar. Serve with waffles, berries, and maple syrup. Enjoy!!

The charm and simplicity of this recipe will convince you — yes, waffles are a completely doable, luxuriously grand, weekend breakfast option! Enjoy!

stack of buttermilk waffles with black sesame whip and berries

Buttermilk Waffles + Black Sesame Whip

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
All hail the glorious wonder of Buttermilk Waffles. Made better with an Asian twist: a big dollop of Black Sesame Whip. Classic recipe, modern spin. Weekend morning perfection.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breafast
Cuisine American, Fusion Food
Servings 4


  • Waffle Maker
  • Hand Mixer



  • 2 cups/300g flour
  • 3 Tbsp/60g sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups/250 ml buttermilk (or 1 3/4 cup regular milk + 2 Tbsp vinegar – mix and let sit until thick, about 5 minutes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup/4 Tbsp/60 ml unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

Black Sesame Whip

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame powder
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar


Buttermilk Waffles:

  • Add dry ingredients into a large bowl: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Whisk a few times.
    ingredients for buttermilk waffles in white bowl
  • Add wet ingredients into a large (4-cup) measuring cup: buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently whisk together. Do not overmix! The batter should look puffy with no clumps of flour.
    whisk in bowl filled with waffle batter
  • Preheat oven to 200F. Heat up waffle iron to maximum heat. Brush grates with oil. Make waffles, following the manufacturer's guidelines, until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to oven, directly on top of oven racks. Repeat until no batter remains.
    When all the waffles are done, turn off the oven and start making the Black Sesame Whip.

Black Sesame Whip:

  • Add heavy cream, black sesame powder, and powdered sugar to a small bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until soft peaks form.
    bowl of black sesame whipped cream

To serve:

  • Serve waffles with Black Sesame Whip, berries, and maple syrup. Enjoy!
    oval platter of buttermilk waffles


*If possible, chill small bowl for the Black Sesame Whip and beaters from the hand mixer in the fridge beforehand. This makes for extra fluffy, cold whipped cream.
**If the waffles are soggy, give them a few more minutes in the oven. About 5-10 minutes in total should do it. They will eventually crisp up.
***Leftovers can be cooled and frozen in a ziploc baggie. Just reheat in a toaster and they are delicious!
****I use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to spoon batter into the waffle iron. This recipe makes 10 waffles with 1/2 cup of batter for each waffle in my round, Cuisinart waffle iron. As all waffle irons differ, your waffles may come out differently than mine.
Keyword Black Sesame Whip, Buttermilk Waffles

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