If you’re looking for an easy Southern-style appetizer, or even just the best summer snack: Fry up these classic crispy corn fritters with some spicy mayo dip.
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The delicious cheese is cheddar, the spices are parsley and pimento peppers, and a simple mix of corn and flour holds this tasty side or appetizer together!
What are corn fritters?
Corn fritters come from a mix of Native American cuisine involving fresh sweet corn and the deep-frying tradition of Southern United States.
The traditional crispy corn fritters are small fried cakes chock-full of crispy corn and chopped vegetables. These are of the savory variety, but you may see sweet corn fritter recipes as well.
They are a perfect appetizer or snack, and are light and perfect for dipping! I like dipping it with some spicy mayo, but you can use all sorts of dips like aioli, salsa, sour cream, or even guacamole.
Make my other summer corn recipes!
I love cooking my fritters in a cast iron pan. This pan has a silicone handle that I really like.
How to make crispy corn fritters
- There are just a few simple steps to make this easy corn fritter recipe.
- Mix together the fritter ingredients.
- Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a high sided pan.
- Fry scoops of corn fritter batter, flipping once, until golden brown.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan; that way the corn fritters attain maximum crispiness.
Sweet corn is perfect to use in this fresh corn fritters recipe. Use some of your leftover corn on the cob from your last barbecue. You can make this corn fritters recipe using canned corn, or frozen corn!
Add a little flavor to your old fashioned fritters:
Like me, The Kitchn adds cornmeal to their corn fritters. It adds a nice texture and crunch.
They also use jalapeños to spice up their fritters. I opt for a sweet spice and use pimento.
Pimento peppers are the lowest on the Scoville scale, so they are practically sweet! They do give a bit of a kick, but just the right amount. They are also called cherry peppers at the store.
Can you freeze corn fritters?
Corn fritters are easy to freeze. Make sure to transfer them carefully in a container. When reheating, let them thaw for about an hour. Then just throw them in a hot pan with a little oil to heat them through!
Do not put them in the microwave–that will take away all of the crispiness. If you have to, use a toaster oven to reheat them. They will last about 3 months in the freezer, and 1 day in the fridge.
Serve these crispy corn fritters with a spicy mayo dip!
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp hot sauce or to taste
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ cups fresh corn
- 2 tbsp chopped jarred pimentos
- 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar
- Canola Oil
In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and hot sauce; set aside in refrigerator.
In a medium bowl mix milk, egg, baking powder, cornmeal, flour and salt until smooth. Stir in corn, pimentos, flat-leaf parsley and cheddar.
Pour ¼ inch canola oil into a large skillet and heat. Working in batches, fry ¼-cup scoops of batter until golden, turning once, about 4 min total; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot fritters with spicy mayonnaise.
• You can freeze these corn fritters. Just thaw and heat in an oiled skillet or a toaster oven.