Sweet Corn Fritters

Sweet Corn Fritters

Sweet corn fritters use the best of summer’s corn crop for a delicious and satisfying appetizer or side dish. These little bites pair wonderfully with grilled meats, making them a great addition to your family barbecues.

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White plate with 3 sweet corn fritters and garnished with fresh corn kernels and sliced scallion, sitting on a yellow napkin on a white marble slab.

I like to serve these alongside Spicy Grilled Jerk Chicken, Grandma’s Pickled Vegetable Salad, and Mini Cherry Cheesecakes for a meal that screams summer.

What Is A Fritter?

A fritter is made of small bits of meat, vegetables, fruit, or dough that are coated in a batter and fried.  They are a staple in the South, but also found in other cultures.  French beignets, Italian bigne, Japanese tempura, and Greek loukoumades are a few to mention.

Ingredients For This Recipe

  • Corn kernels – either fresh or frozen.  If using frozen, that the corn first.
  • All-purpose flour, corn meal, baking powder, black pepper, and Kosher salt for the batter
  • Brown sugar for a kiss of sweetness
  • Eggs and heavy cream
  • Vegetable oil – I used peanut oil, but safflower, corn, or any light oil will work.  Do not use olive oil because it has a lower smoke point.
  • Scallions to use as a garnish.

Baking sheet with several golden sweet corn fritters waiting to be served.

Steps To Make This Recipe

  1. Combine the corn, flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Stir in the eggs and heavy cream until a batter is formed.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  4. Drop 3 tablespoons of batter into the skillet and fry until golden brown on each side.  Cook the fritters in batches and do not overcrowd the pan.
  5. Salt the fritters while hot and keep warm in a 200-degree oven.
  6. Serve the fritters with a sprinkle of corn kernels and sliced scallions.

White plate with 3 sweet corn fritters and garnished with fresh corn kernels and sliced scallion, sitting on a yellow napkin on a white marble slab.

Variations

  • Add sliced scallions to the batter before frying.
  • Crisp, crumbled bacon may also be added to the batter for a savory, salty kick.
  • For a spicier fritter, add minced jalapeno or poblano chiles.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese makes a nice addition to the fritters.
  • Make Southwest corn fritters by tossing in minced jalapenos, red bell peppers, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  • A Tex-Mex corn fritter might include a teaspoon of chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, minced jalapenos, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Looking for more recipes to use the best of summer’s vegetable harvest?  Here are a few to try:

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White plate with 3 sweet corn fritters and garnished with fresh corn kernels and sliced scallion, sitting on a yellow napkin on a white marble slab.

Sweet Corn Fritters


Description

Sweet corn fritters use the best of summer’s corn crop for a delicious and satisfying appetizer or side dish. These little bites pair wonderfully with grilled meats, making them a great addition to your family barbecues.


Ingredients

Scale

3 cups corn kernels, more for garnishing

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons corn meal

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs, beaten

¾ cup heavy cream

Vegetable oil for frying

Sliced scallions for garnish


Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the corn, flour, brown sugar, corn meal, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

Whisk in the eggs and heavy cream until well combined. Set aside.

Pour the vegetable oil into a large skillet until the entire bottom is covered.

Heat the oil until shimmering over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, scoop 2-4 tablespoons of the corn batter into the pan, spreading it out like a pancake.  

Spoon out batter for another 2 or 3 fritters, taking care not to overcrowd the pan.

Cook the fritters for 2-3 minutes, flip and cook the other side for an additional 3 minutes.

Transfer the cooked fritter to a paper towel-lined baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200-degree oven.

Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.

Serve the fritters warm, sprinkled with corn kernels and sliced scallions.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sweet corn fritters, side dish, side dish recipes, corn recipes, recipes using fresh corn, summer potluck recipes, fritter recipes

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