Southern Fried Corn Fritters

Posted: October 12

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

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Equal parts sweet and savory, this Southern Fried Corn Fritters recipe blazes a bold trail for your meal! Originating in Native American cuisine, this tasty appetizer boasts traditional and tasty southern flavors. Spices, chives, and spicy jalapeño add a potent punch to the natural sweetness of corn, fried to crispy perfection! Southern Fried Corn Fritters can even be brought along for late autumn picnics—a warm taste on chilly days!


• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons fine white cornmeal • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 3 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen • 1/2 medium jalapeño pepper, optional, seeded and minced • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup whole milk • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


Step 1

Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl.

Step 2

Add the corn, jalapeño, and chives in with the dry ingredients using a spatula or your hands to mix, until the vegetables are well coated. Set aside.

Step 3

Mix the eggs and milk together in a measuring cup until well combined. Then, pour the milk mixture into the corn and flour mixture.

Step 4

Stir the mixture with a spatula until all of the flour is moist, being cautious to not overmix.

Step 5

Set aside while heating the oil.

Step 6

Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat on the stove-top until it simmers.

Step 7

Place 4 portions of the batter, about 1/4 cup each, evenly around the pan, flattening them slightly with the back of a spatula or spoon.

Step 8

Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 9

Flip over with a spatula and cook until brown, cooked through, and puffed, about 2 minutes more. If using frozen corn kernels, add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time per side, as needed.

Step 10

Move the fritters with a spatula to a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 11

Repeat the frying steps, making more fritters with the remaining batter.

Step 12

Move the fritters to a serving plate and serve warm or at room temperature.

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