It seems when it comes to breakfast food, I have a hard time thinking outside the box.  To me, the choice is either sweet or savory.  Things like waffles, pancakes, etc. are sweet, while eggs and such are savory.  Let’s go ahead and file this one under “Why the heck didn’t I think of that?”  Savory waffles.  But not just savory waffles…savory waffles topped with salsa fried eggs and salsa.  A simple idea, and so brilliant.  That’s what happens when you think outside the box!

Even though I knew we would enjoy this recipe, the meal far surpassed my expectations.  It truly wowed us.  The waffles are exceptional even on their own.  The cornmeal adds an extra dimension of flavor and gives the waffles a lovely crisp texture.  The additions of butter and chives round out the waffle batter to take it from good to great.  Topped with the salsa and eggs – forget about it!  I can’t remember the last time we’ve enjoyed a breakfast dish this much.  We doubled the recipe to feed four adults plus a hungry boy and hungry baby, and had a couple servings for leftovers later on.  We don’t do breakfast for dinner very often, but this is definitely worth working into our weekly dinner menu.


For the waffles:
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1¼ cups buttermilk
3 tbsp. minced chives
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley

To serve:
Fried eggs
Minced fresh chives, for garnish


  • 01

    Preheat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • 02

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to blend.  In another bowl, combine the butter, eggs, and buttermilk.  Whisk to blend well.  Stir in the chives and parsley.  Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk just until evenly incorporated, taking care not to over-mix.

  • 03

    Cook the batter in the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  (If necessary, keep finished waffles warm in a 200˚ F oven.)  While the waffles are cooking, fry eggs in a non-stick frying pan.  Serve warm waffles topped with salsa, eggs, and fresh chives.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Love this! What a unique breakfast idea.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a fun switch-up to regular waffles. Can’t wait to try!

  • We love trying out new breakfast recipes, especially when we have our long, lazy, late weekend breakfasts. I cannot wait to try this. It looks amazingly awesomely perfect.

  • Chefblogdigest

    This is definitely something that is outside the box!

    Its a combination of everything and I would love to try it. Its going to be a heavy breakfast!

  • Dana Christoher

    These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • This recipe makes me want to go buy a waffle iron this weekend. Seriously, why don’t I own a waffle iron!!

  • Michelle

    I’ve used a similar recipe for years with bacon in them, bacon on top and an egg too. We always called them “hungover waffles”. I will for sure be trying your version.

  • YES these are so freaking awesome. You need to top them with poached eggs next time….. omg heaven.

  • Looks like we’re on the same wavelength with eggs and salsa this week! :) Looks delicious!

  • Jessica Lucas

    okay, I think I know what’s for dinner tonight. thanks!

  • Emily

    OMG. I have to try this. A savory cornmeal waffle in on the list of my top 5 meals I’ve eaten. Ever. Like it may be number one it was that good.

  • UrbanWife

    These look delicious! My hubby loves waffles and runny eggs. ;)

  • Lorraine

    Great idea… Can’t wait to try it for myself!

  • You steal my heart when you post anything with eggs girl… YUM!

  • Looks yummm….I too had eggs for breakfast today, wish I had seen this earlier, would have made the same :-)


  • Emilyspowerfoods

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    Annie – sorry this is off the topic of this recipe, but any chance you will be posting some good ideas for st. patty’s day?? I’m having a ‘couples game night’ and have been looking for some creative GREEN things to make :) Thanks!

  • I love the idea of a savory waffle! Now I just need to get a waffle iron.

  • cupcakes are great

    Just had this for dinner and it was really good. My kids even enjoyed. Thanks for your blog, it makes things easy for me.

  • Dodi

    We are waiting on our new oven to be delivered, so I have had to get creative using my other kitchen appliances. This recipe was perfect! I made the eggs on our electric griddle and the waffles in our waffle iron. It was a HIT at our house! I would not normally put all of these things together, so your recipe posting was timely. Thanks again Annie!

  • JenMarino

    What kind of waffle iron do you have? I like the thickness of your waffles.

  • This looks delicious! I sense a breakfast-for-dinner in my near future…

  • These waffles look amazing. I love that it’s such a twist on traditional waffles, and it is packed a lot of stuff! Can’t wait to give these a try.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe, Annie.

  • I love how your recipes have a paper clip on the sides.
    I must admit, I eat rolled oats and a kiwi fruit for breakfast every morning. I’m not sure I could get anything rich down at that time in the morning but there’s no reason not to eat this for dinner, I guess.

  • Sarah Brumfield

    wowzers! I just pinned it.. thanks.

  • annieseats

    Check out the “Annie’s equipment” section to see what I have in my kitchen. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    Possibly. I haven’t had much chance to think about it yet. I will keep it in mind!

  • renee

    Looks awesome Annie! Thanks…

  • Sabiha Hetavkar

    looks delicious. I bought a new waffle iron, so this recipe is being bookmarked for making a savoury one

  • Back home where I grew up (northeastern penna) , a lot of restaurants offer savory waffles with “chicken & waffles.”

  • the hungry housewife

    These sound AMAZING! Perfect for my “Non sweet” breakfast craving!

  • Hi Annie,
    I love your blog but I’ve never left a comment. I hope you and your family are ok. Here in NY, all we hear about is the tornadoes that swept their way across Indiana. Be well from one blogger to another blogger friend. Jackie

  • annieseats

    Thanks Jackie. We’re all doing fine. There was a lot of damage in parts of the state, but not anywhere near us thankfully. I appreciate the thoughts!

  • Natasha K

    I made these for dinner last night. We used poached eggs instead of fried and also topped everything with mashed avocado. My husband and I cannot stop talking about how delicious they were. My waffle iron made 4 waffles, and we have two left (breakfast this weekend!). This might be a once-a-week meal for us.

  • rm

    Wow Annie, these were fantastic (especially with avocado on top as others have mentioned)! I love eggs and other breakfast food for dinner, so this totally caught my eye. I had left over buttermilk and chives, so today I made garlic/chive/buttermilk scones; quite savory indeed. Thanks for the tip about making scones and freezing the unbaked ones. I like being able to have scones whenever I want them.

  • Linda

    Added pepper jack and corn to the batter. Yum!