Corn Fritters Recipe (2024)

These corn fritters are crispy cakes filled with corn kernels, cheddar cheese and seasonings, all cooked together to golden brown perfection. An easy side dish that is the perfect way to showcase summer corn!

I’m always looking for unique and exciting ways to serve vegetables. Some of my favorite side dishes include carrot souffle, fig salad, mushroom risotto, corn souffle, bacon wrapped asparagus, candied carrots and these delectable corn cakes.

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When summer corn is in season, I make corn fritters almost every week. They’re just that good! This recipe can be made with fresh, frozen or canned corn, which means you can enjoy these fritters all year round.

Table of Contents

  • Corn Fritters Ingredients
  • How Do You Make Corn Fritters?
  • Tips For The Perfect Corn Cakes
  • Quick Tip
  • Corn Fritter Flavor Variations
  • Recipe FAQs
  • More Side Dishes You’ll Love
  • Corn Fritters Video
  • Love This Recipe?
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Corn Fritters Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, black pepper, eggs, milk, green onions, cheddar cheese and vegetable oil.

How Do You Make Corn Fritters?

This recipe starts with corn kernels, flour, a bit of sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper. Add eggs and milk to the mix, then stir to combine. The finishing touch is a handful of sliced green onions and some shredded cheddar cheese. Stir all of the ingredients together until you have a thick batter. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet or pan, then add heaping spoonfuls of the batter. Cook the fritters on both sides until golden brown, and drain them on paper towels. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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Tips For The Perfect Corn Cakes

  • I typically use fresh or thawed from frozen corn kernels for this recipe. You can use canned corn too, but canned corn often contains extra sodium, so you may want to cut back on the salt in the recipe.
  • Use a neutral flavored oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil or safflower oil.
  • Serve your fritters with a variety of toppings such as sour cream, green onions and bacon. Some people prefer to serve their fritters as a sweeter dish by adding a drizzle of honey over the top. You could also serve a dip for the fritters such as homemade ranch dressing.
  • Pair your fritters with main course options such as baked chicken tenders, steamed clams, pesto chicken, baked cod or sirloin steak.

Quick Tip

The batter for the fritters can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 hours before you plan to use it.

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Corn Fritter Flavor Variations

This is a basic recipe for corn fritters which are flavored with a hint of green onion and melted cheese. That being said, there are so many different ways to flavor your fritters!

  • Sweet: Omit the cheese, pepper and green onions. Increase the amount of sugar to 1 1/2 tablespoons. Serve the fritters with a drizzle of honey.
  • Protein: Add some meat to make these fritters more of a main course. I recommend trying bacon or finely diced ham.
  • Mexican Style: Stir in some diced jalapeno, lime juice, garlic powder and fresh cilantro, and swap out the cheddar cheese with pepper jack.
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Recipe FAQs

How do you reheat corn fritters?

These fritters are best when served fresh from the pan. You can also save them for later and reheat them with good results. Store the cooked fritters in the fridge, then reheat them on both sides in a hot pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, until they’re warmed through.

How do you keep fritters crispy?

The best way to keep your fritters crispy is to place them on a cooling rack in one layer. If you stack the cakes on top of each other, they could steam and soften. If you’re not planning to serve the fritters immediately, you can put them in a 275 degrees F oven to stay warm.

How do you cut corn off the cob?

If you’re using fresh corn for these fritters, you’ll need to remove it from the cob before you can proceed with the recipe. There are a few simple ways to remove corn from the cob without making a big mess. One option is to buy a corn stripper, which is a tool designed for this exact use. If you’d rather not buy another kitchen tool, lay an ear of corn flat on a cutting board and carefully slice the kernels off. You can also stand the ear of corn inside a large mixing bowl. Slice the kernels off so that they’re all contained within the bowl.

Can you freeze corn fritters?

You can freeze corn fritters for up to two months. Place them in a single layer in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container. Heat the frozen fritters in a pan of oil until crispy and warmed through on both sides.


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These fritters are the absolute best way to enjoy fresh corn – they’re light, crispy and packed with flavor!

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These corn fritters are crispy cakes filled with corn kernels, cheddar cheese and seasonings, all cooked together to golden brown perfection. An easy side dish that is the perfect way to showcase summer corn!


Prep Time15 minutes minutes

Cook Time20 minutes minutes

Total Time35 minutes minutes

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Serves 6


  • 3 cups corn kernels fresh, thawed from frozen, or canned
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • toppings such as sour cream, sliced green onions and crumbled bacon optional


  • Place the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

  • Add the eggs and milk. Stir until a thick batter forms. Add the green onions and cheddar cheese and gently stir to combine.

  • Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a deep pan over medium high heat. Place 2 tablespoon size mounds of the fritter mixture in the pan, then flatten them.

  • Cook the fritters for 3 minutes per side, or until they're golden brown and crispy. Repeat the process with any remaining batter.

  • Add toppings if desired, then serve immediately.


  1. I typically usefresh or thawed from frozen corn kernelsfor this recipe. You can use canned corn too, but canned corn often contains extra sodium, so you may want to cut back on the salt in the recipe.
  2. Use aneutral flavored oilwith a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil or safflower oil.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg

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Originally Posted August 25, 2023

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Why are my corn fritters falling apart? ›

If your oil temperature drops, the fritters will soak up excess oil while cooking, leaving them soggy. Why are my corn fritters falling apart? If using frozen or canned corn, make sure to drain well to eliminate excess moisture. Always spoon and level dry ingredients to make sure your measurements are consistent.

What are corn fritters made of? ›

These corn fritters use fresh, whole kernels, mixed with spices, scallions and a simple batter. Corn fritters come in many types, from the cornmeal-based, deep-fried hush puppies, to the more patty-shaped, pan-fried fritters.

Why are my fritters not crispy? ›

The most common causes for soggy fritters are too much batter (basic flour and egg batter like used in pancakes will never cook up crispy), and whatever you're frittering leeches too much water when cooking.

Is pancake batter the same as fritter batter? ›

A fritter batter is a muffin batter without butter (fat). How does pancake batter fit in? Right in the middle of the two because it use 1/2 part fat, but keeps the other core components the same. These all fall under the quick bread family, which use baking powder or soda as a leavener.

Why do you put baking powder in fritters? ›

They just need a simple, light batter of flour, cornstarch, and baking powder mixed with seltzer to tie them together. The seltzer and baking powder ensure that the fritters are shatteringly crisp–even slightly tired vegetables emerge from the oil crunchy, fresh, and sweet.

Does baking soda make fritters crispy? ›

Is baking soda or powder best for frying? A pinch of baking soda can help produce crispy fried foods. It reacts with the acid in the batter to create carbon dioxide bubbles. These lead to an airy batter and a crisper, fluffier result.

Should fritter batter be thick? ›

You want a thick batter for these fritters. If you find it's a little too thin simply add in some more flour. If the batters too thick (can still see flour etc), add a dash of milk. The batter should be thick enough to hold its shape on a tablespoon without pouring off everywhere.

What is another name for corn fritters? ›

Corn fritters can be made to have a similar appearance to, and thus be mistaken for, johnnycake. They are sometimes called corn nuggets.

What nationality are corn fritters? ›

Corn fritters are fairly well-known. They were created by Native Americans; now they're enjoyed as a snack in the American South, also in Indonesia, where they're knows as perkedel jagung or bakwan jagung. In the American South, the corn fritter is made of kernels of corn, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter.

What is the difference between corn fritters and hush puppies? ›

What's the difference between corn fritters and hush puppies? While both corn fritters and hush puppies are deliciously crispy fried treats, corn fritters require a key ingredient: corn. Whether fresh or frozen, corn is the main ingredient in fritters, while cornmeal is the star of hush puppy recipes.

What makes batter more crispy? ›

Rice flour and cornstarch work particularly well because they fry up crispier than wheat flour. They also absorb less moisture and fat during the frying process, making the products less greasy. This is why rice flour is often used when making tempura because it produces a very thin and crispy, dry crust.

What can I use to bind fritters instead of egg? ›

16 egg substitutes
  1. Mashed banana. Mashed banana can act as a binding agent when baking or making pancake batter. ...
  2. Applesauce. Applesauce can also act as a binding agent. ...
  3. Fruit puree. Fruit puree will help bind a recipe in a similar way to applesauce. ...
  4. Avocado. ...
  5. Gelatin. ...
  6. Xanthan gum. ...
  7. Vegetable oil and baking powder. ...
  8. Margarine.
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How do you keep fritters crispy? ›

Keep the food warm in the oven.

If you're not serving fried food immediately, you'll need to keep it warm to prevent it from getting cold and losing crispiness. One way to do this is to place the fried food on a wire rack in the oven at a low temperature, around 200°F to 250°F.

What's the difference between fritters and tempura? ›

“Tempura” is similar to fritter in the sense that it is fried in oil, but in actuality it is close to steamed food. Fritters are cooked thoroughly via the oil's temperature. But, tempura coated in flour is instantaneously heated with a high temperature oil, with their inherent water content, and with residual heat.

What consistency should fritter batter be? ›

Instead of running from the spoon in a broad shining band, a consistency that the French call au ruban, the batter should start to run for about 1 1/2-inch length, then drop in successive long triangular “splats.” When the batter is this consistency, beat it until very smooth.

What is the meaning of fritter batter? ›

Definitions of fritter batter. batter for making fritters. type of: batter. a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking.

Are fritters always made from dough? ›

Fritters are made all over the world. They can be sweet or savory. They can be made with a pancake-type batter or with yeasted dough. The one thing all fritters have in common is that they are always fried.


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