Spicy Sweet Corn Fritters! Quick and Easy! These tender and sweet fritters are mostly the sweet niblets of corn we all love! Flavored with green onions, sweet and spicy peppers and cheese, and nestled into a slightly sweet, tender batter, these crispy fritters are out-of-this-world delicious!
We never had fritters when we were kids. “Fritters” was not even a word with which I was familiar. I’m not sure I could’ve even told you what a fritter was. That is, until I was a teenager, and one of my friends got a job at a Fried Chicken Takeout Restaurant. It was one whose slogan was “It Tastes Better.” Now, we all know which Colonel they were comparing themselves to, don’t we? I have to say, I’m not sure the chicken tasted better – although it was yummy! But, and it’s a big BUT, they had these Corn Fritters…and, Oh my goodness – deep-fried clouds of joy. Sweet, tender, dough-y fritters, that did indeed have a few detectable corn niblets in them. Possibly closer to a donut than the kind of Corn Fritter I make, which I happen to like better, and think you will, too.
But, since then, you can bet I know a fritter when I hear of one. So I present to you my version of the Corn Fritter. Healthier than a fully deep-fried fritter, since it’s sauteed in enough oil to get a crispy edge. And it’s mostly corn, to be honest, since it is a Corn Fritter. I use a slightly sweet batter, just like that first corn fritter I tried. But, unlike that fritter of long ago, not much of the batter, but you won’t miss it, I promise. Because along with the corn, there’s some green onions and a bit of cheese for that melty mood we all love, my fritter also has some sweet heat, thanks to chopped sweet and spicy peppers.
So my fritter is mostly filling with just a little lightly sweet dough. That’s so you can see and taste the lovely corn kernels, bits of onion and spicy/sweet peppers. Also, any corn kernels that touch the hot pan also become slightly crispy – so tasty! These light fluffy fritters work well as a side dish, or I’ve also been known to use them as a bread to make a little sandwich with taco meat, or Barbecued Pulled chicken or pork before dipping them. So many choices!
This fritter comes together quickly and cooks in just 5-6 minutes. You can eat it as is, or whip up a little dipping sauce or spread. I like mine with a simple lime-sour cream dip (that I include in the recipe below) but feel free to use mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt or whatever suits your preference. Or, any other sauce, even salsa, would be delicious with these Spicy Sweet Corn Fritters.
So, have you ever tried to re-make a fast-food favorite into something slightly healthier and tastier? I’d be curious to know, as I’m always looking for great substitutes for eating-out favorites!
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How to Make this Sweet and Spicy Corn Fritter Recipe
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Some things you might need:
- Medium Cookie Scoop (About 2 Tbsp, or 25ml)
- Sweet and Spicy Peppers (see below)
- Flat-bottomed Large Saute Pan
- Corn – You’ll need about 2 1/2 cups of Corn niblets. That’s about 2 large corn cobs’ worth. (Here’s a tip to cleanly shuck the cob: place the entire cob (or two) in the microwave for 1 minute on High. It will then be easy to cleanly remove the leaves and strands from the corn!) I like to slice the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife while standing the cob in a 13×9 pan. This will keep the kernels in the pan, not all over your kitchen! You could use well-drained canned corn, or frozen corn niblets if you prefer or have on hand. White or yellow? Whichever you prefer or have on hand as well!
- Sweet and spicy peppers – for just a touch of sweet heat -I like Peppadew Red peppers or Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Jalapenos. I finely chopped enough to make about 3 Tablespoons.
- Cheese – Cheese adds a bit of nice creaminess and if you use a sharp cheese, it adds that nice sharp note to the sweet corn. I used Sharp Cheddar but you could use any hard cheese you want, from Monterrey Jack to Cotija to Parmeggiano-Reggiano.
- Green Onions – I sliced up the white and light green part of 2 scallions, because I wanted some onion flavor here. You could also use 1/2 teaspoon of Onion Powder if you prefer.
- Eggs – Since corn niblets don’t naturally stick together, like, say, shreds of zucchini, I find i need 2 whole eggs to bind my patties.
- Milk – just a bit to help make a batter. I used whole milk, and thus, recommend that. You could also use half-and-half or cream if you want.
- Cornstarch, also known as “Cornflour”, tends to get a bit crispier when sauteed than does All-Purpose flour. AP Flour stays a bit more tender. So I use part Cornstarch, part All-Purpose Flour.
- AP Flour – for the batter, as I mentioned before, I use half cornstarch (cornflour), and half all-purpose flour.
- Sugar – Just 1 Tbsp highlights the sweetness of the corn.
- Salt – don’t forget the salt – it brings out all the flavors!
- Baking Powder – some nice rise keeps the cooked batter nice and tender.
- Cooking Oil – I recommend Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil. I sauteed some of the fritters in Olive Oil, but liked the Canola Oil was able to get hotter and resulted in a slightly crispier fritter.
- Dipping Sauce – I made a super-simple dipping sauce with sour cream, lime juice and salt. You could substitute Mayonnaise or Full-Fat Greek Yogurt and make a similar sauce, or use your favorite salad dressing or sauce.
Simple Step-by-Step Recipe:
- First, you’ll gather your ingredients. You’ll need 2 bowls – one a Medium-sized, where you’ll mix up all the vegetables, cheese, and then add the eggs and milk.
- Second, combine the dry ingredients: cornstarch, All-Purpose Flour, Sugar, and salt. Add that mixture to the corn mix and stir until it becomes a bowl of barely-battered corn-cheese-pepper mixture.
- Third, Heat the saute pan, add some oil, and drop cookie-dough sized blobs of batter into the oil. Saute on both sides, until beautifully golden brown. Then dig in! Dip into your favorite dip, or make mine, which is just some sour cream, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. So easy, so delicious!
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Spicy Sweet Corn Fritters
Try these wonderful sweet and slightly spicy corn fritters! Such easy prep! The batter is thin but puffs up nicely into a tender fritter full of sweet corn, bits of onion and sweet and spicy peppers and a bit of melty cheese! Use the sauce/dip recipe included or feel free to use any sauce you like and have on hand! Just a few minutes from cob to pan and a few more to cook!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 6 min
- Total Time: 21-30 min
- Yield: 18 Fritters 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove top
- 2 1/2 cups Sweet Corn Niblets – Fresh-sliced from the cob, 10 oz. (283g) Frozen or canned (drained well)
- 2 Green Onions (Spring Onions), white and light green parts, thin sliced
- 3 Tbsp finely chopped, jarred sweet and spicy peppers such as Peppadew or Sweet and Spicy Jalapenos
- 1/3 cup (80g) Shredded or grated hard cheese (I used Sharp Cheddar, but any firm cheese you like would be good)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) Whole Milk
- 4 Tbsp (31g) All-Purpose Flour
- 1/3 cup (40g) Cornstarch (Cornflour)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tbsp (13g) Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 4 Tbsp (60ml) Vegetable or Canola oil, plus more, as needed
Dipping Sauce (Optional)
- 1/2 cup Sour cream
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Pinch of Kosher Salt
- Combine the Fresh Ingredients: In a Medium Bowl, mix together the corn niblets, sliced green onions, chopped peppers, cheese. Mix in the lightly beaten eggs and milk, and stir until incorporated.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk the Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Powder, Sugar, Salt and Pepper.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mixed fresh ingredients. Stir until well-distributed. The mixture won’t look much like a batter at this point, rather just some lightly-coated ingredients. The small amount of batter will seem thin in consistency, so be sure to stir a bit as you scoop, just to make sure the amount is uniform across all fritters.
- Heat a large saute pan over Medium heat. Add the oil. When it begins to shimmer, drop 2 Tbsp-size dollops of the corn mixture into the hot oil. (You’ll want to stir your ingredients every few scoops to distribute the thin batter.) Once your pan is full, gently press the fritters with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula gently to flatten. Cook until bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the fritters and continue cooking until second side is also dark golden, another 2-3 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack set over a sheet pan to drain.
- Make or serve with a dip. I made a dip by squeezing a half lime and a pinch of salt into about 1/2 cup sour cream. Feel free to use Mayonnaise, or Plain greek yogurt.
- See Note for instructions for reheating leftover fritters.
- Leftovers? Just cover and refrigerate. To reheat, place on sheetpan in 350F oven 9-10 minutes!
- Serving Size: 1 Fritter
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Hello, from a home cook in Japan. I can’t find hot and sweet peppers here. Is it ok to substitue with jalapeño pickles ?
Yes! your fritters will still have some sweetness, but will be a bit more on the spicy side! Thanks for your question!
Sorry for second response, but I was just thinking you might want to add an additonal teaspoon of sugar to the mix, depending on how spicy your jalapenos are. Hope that helps and hope they turn out wonderful!
Thank you so much! I am going to cook this as a starter at a taco night with a group of friends. Will share later how it turns out. 🙂
So the recipe turned out great! I used jalapeno without additional sugar and it was still delicious! We do a lot of pancakes in Korea but this concept was totally new. The balance between corn and pepper was so good, and the flour of cheese made it even more special. Thank you for sharing the great recipe. Will make this again. 🙂
Thank you so much, Kyungjin! I appreciate you coming back and letting me know how they turned out! This makes me so happy! I hope you continue to make fritters! The possibilities are endless!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
We never had fritters when I was living at home either but if my mother had of made these, I would have requested them over and over. They sound terrific.
We always had some kind of fritters at my Parent’s house that’s why I love them so much. These corn fritters look amazing. Quick, easy, nutritious and delicious, just what we need for our heatwave 😀
Thanks, Balvinder! Hope your surviving comfortably in the heat wave. I imagine, like us in the Pacific Northwest, there’s not much Air-Conditioning where you are. It makes such a difference. We don’t have one, and hoping to never need one!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Corn fritters happen to be one of my favorite things about corn season here at the Jersey shore Laura! These look delicious!
Thanks, Mary Ann! They are definitely a MUST for corn season here, too!
I always have a bag of frozen corn in the freezer Laura so I can easily make these delicious looking corn fritters. I can see me making this for Lynne and I as a delicious weekend brunch! Lovely. Thanks!
I totally love the idea of these for brunch, Neil! Add a big fruit salad and that’s maybe all you need! Thanks for visiting!
These corn fritters look incredibly delicious! They remind me of hush puppies 🙂 Wish I could try one!
So right, Michelle – very much like hush puppies! Except not deep-fried, but truly, just as delicious!
Yum! Love the spicy and sweet combo! One of my fave things! These look so crispy and delicious. Wish I could grab that stack right now. I’d love this for any meal of the day, actually. 🙂
I agree, Dawn! And with a recipe that makes 18 fritters, definitely enough for a meal, or two, or 3. Maybe just one? Thanks so much!
David @ Spiced says
Believe it or not, but I’ve never had a corn fritter! (At least I don’t think I have…) I clearly need to correct that problem as I think I would love a corn fritter. For me, fritters mean apple fritters which just so happen to be one of my all-time favorite doughnuts! Putting this one on the list as corn season is coming in here in upstate New York!
David! You’re clearly missing out! Definitely for Corn season! Especially if you like apple fritters! Yum – I agree, totally one of the best doughnuts ever! Hope you get the chance to make these!