Corn Fritters

Corn fritters are fried dough filled with pockets of sweet corn chunks. They are one tasty bite of both sweet and savory!

These crispy pillows of corn are perfect bite size treats for an appetizer or quick snack. They taste delicious dipped in your favorite sauce, or all on their own. Try dipping them in Ranch, Homemade Queso or Jalapeno Popper Dip, or serve alongside a Classic Cheese Ball.

Corn fritters stacked on a white plate

What are Corn Fritters?

Corn Fritters are savory, cornmeal-based batter with a pinch of sugar, milk and eggs mixed with canned or fresh corn. They are similar to hush puppies because they are fried dishes containing corn products. Hush puppies are made from balls of cornmeal or cornbread mixtures that are fried. Corn fritters tend to have actual pieces of corn in them.

Who doesn’t love a good fried, well anything?! These crispy nuggets are tasty little snacks or appetizers. They have a wonderfully southern flair to them, and of course taste great dipped.

You can dip these beauties into anything from honey mustard, to sriracha, to cilantro cream. But I’m going to be honest, I love dipping mine in ranch! Yes I know, that’s very southern of me. 😉

Ingredients for corn fritter recipe

How to Make Corn Fritters

BATTER. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar to a medium bowl whisk together to combine. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, milk, and melted shortening. Pour it into the flour mixture and stir. Add the drained corn kernels to the bowl and mix together. Let batter sit for 30 minutes.

FRY. Add the oil to a large heavy pot or deep fryer. Bring the oil to a temperature of 365°F. Grab a spoon and drop the batter into the oil by spoonful’s. (You should be able to get about 12 spoonful’s) Fry until golden, turning as needed so that all sides are browned.

DRAIN. Allow the fritters to drain a paper towel lined plate.

Air fryer? If you want to use the airfryer you might want to freeze the patties first so they are solidified before placing them in the airfryer. Pop them in there for 30 minutes or so. After that place them in the air fryer at 400 for 10 minutes and then flip and cook for another 5 minutes.

Variations/Additions

Want to change it up? Here are a few ideas on how to do it…

  • Mix in sliced green onions
  • Sprinkle in some cheese
  • Give it a bit of a kick with a tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Make these sweet by omitting any savory ingredients, increasing the amount of sugar, and then drizzle them with honey once they’re cooked!
  • Add in some crumbled bacon
  • Make it Mexican style by adding diced jalapenos, lime juice, and finely chopped cilantro
  • Use fresh corn (If you’re using corn on the cob, you can remove the cooked corn with a knife)
  • Use frozen corn (Thaw it before incorporating it)

Corn fritter batter in a glass mixing bowl

Storage Tips

Keep leftovers STORED in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

If you want to keep them crispy, you should REHEAT them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes or until heated through.

To FREEZE, let them cool completely and then place them in an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.

Homemade corn fritters stacked on a white plate

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Corn Fritters Recipe

Corn fritters are fried dough filled with pockets of sweet corn chunks. They are one tasty bite of both sweet and savory!
4.58 from 19 votes
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
rest: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 282kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white sugar - plus another 1/4 tsp
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tbsp shortening - melted
  • 1 (12 oz) can whole kernel corn - drained
  • 3 c vegetable oil - for frying

Instructions

  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar to a medium bowl whisk together to combine.
  • In a separate bowl beat together the egg, milk, and melted shortening. Pour it into the flour mixture and stir.
  • Add the drained corn kernels to the bowl and mix together. Let batter sit for 30 minutes.
  • Add the oil to a large heavy pot or deep fryer. Bring the oil to a temperature of 365°F.
  • Grab a spoon and drop the batter into the oil by spoonful's. (You should be able to get about 12 spoonful's) Fry until golden, turning as needed so that all sides are browned.
  • Allow the fritters to drain a paper towel lined plate.

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Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Did I miss something? You start off stating that corn fritters use a cornmeal based batter but don’t have any cornmeal in the recipe. If you have a corn dog recipe I’ll pass on it.