Spicy Corn Fritters

Spicy corn fritters

Earlier this year I was up in Boston for a trade show and had some amazing corn fritters at Legal Test Kitchen. I’ve been meaning to come up with my own take on them, but somehow summer slid by like a penguin on melting ice. In a last ditch attempt to wring a few more morsels of summer out of the farmers market, I picked up some of the season’s last sweet corn and set out to come up with my own fritters.

Ingredients for Spicy Corn Fritters

My goal was to create a spicy corn fritter that’s light and crispy on the outside, and chock full of sweet corn on the inside. To contrast the sweetness of the corn, I added some cilantro, chilies and garam masala which also gave it an Indian flair. It’s quick and simple to throw together, and if you happen to have one of these, stripping the corn off the cob becomes a tidy task that ends with all the corn in a little container rather than all over your kitchen floor.

Spicy corn fritters with okra chana masala

The nice thing about these corn fritters is that they can be served straight from the pan with a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of lime juice, but they’re also good reheated along with some chana masala. I’ve even made little sandwiches out of them with a bit of mango chutney and cheese in between two hot fritters.

Spicy Corn Fritters

2 ears of corn, kernels removed with a sharp knife
3 scallions sliced thin
2 Tbs minced cilantro
a couple minced red chilies
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt (less if you use regular salt)
1 Tbs toasted garam masala
black pepper
1/2 C flour
1/4 C cornstarch
1/3 C water + more as needed

Add the corn, scallions, cilantro, chilies, and egg into a bowl. Put the baking powder, salt, garam masala, pepper, and flour cornstarch in seperate bowl and whisk together. Add to the the vegetable mixture then stir in 1/3 C water until just combined (do not overmix).

Heat a skillet over medium high heat until very hot. Add 1/8″ of oil to the pan and drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil, using the bottom of the spoon to smooth the tops. Fry until golden brown on one side, then flip and fry the other side.

Serve by themselves or with a side of mango or tamarind chutney.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Beautiful Marc! Love the Indian inspired flavours in these corn fritters.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Beautiful Marc! Love the Indian inspired flavours in these corn fritters.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    I can definitely see mango chutney in between these! I wonder if they would be even crispier if you used rice flour? :)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    I can definitely see mango chutney in between these! I wonder if they would be even crispier if you used rice flour? :)

  • http://3hungrytummies.blogspot.com/ 3hungrytummies

    Yummy!!!

  • http://3hungrytummies.blogspot.com 3hungrytummies

    Yummy!!!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ Fig&Cherry

    Corn fritter sandwich? Yes please!

    I love making corn fritters but I always try to skimp out on the batter so it’s healthier and more corn-y (!?) but then they inevitably fall apart. Looks like you got it just right!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com Christie @ Fig&Cherry

    Corn fritter sandwich? Yes please!

    I love making corn fritters but I always try to skimp out on the batter so it’s healthier and more corn-y (!?) but then they inevitably fall apart. Looks like you got it just right!

  • Jane

    I am definitely going to try this recipe! They look delicious!

  • Jane

    I am definitely going to try this recipe! They look delicious!

  • http://www.lafujimama.com/ Fuji Mama

    I love corn fritters! I love the flavors you have combined in yours. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten were in Thailand. Definitely one of those foods that I could sit and eat and not care if I gained 20 lbs.

  • http://www.lafujimama.com Fuji Mama

    I love corn fritters! I love the flavors you have combined in yours. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten were in Thailand. Definitely one of those foods that I could sit and eat and not care if I gained 20 lbs.

  • http://haleysuzanne.wordpress.com/ Haley J.

    These little corn fritters are just chock full of some of my favorite flavors! It will also be a wonderful way to use up freshly ground garam masala, as I don’t like it to sit on the shelf too long after making a batch. wonderful!

  • http://haleysuzanne.wordpress.com Haley J.

    These little corn fritters are just chock full of some of my favorite flavors! It will also be a wonderful way to use up freshly ground garam masala, as I don’t like it to sit on the shelf too long after making a batch. wonderful!

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com/ maggie

    Mmm! Love the idea of stuffing them with mango chutney and cheese. Wow, what a good lunch that would make, heated up in the office microwave…

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com maggie

    Mmm! Love the idea of stuffing them with mango chutney and cheese. Wow, what a good lunch that would make, heated up in the office microwave…

  • http://freshlocalandbest.blogspot.com/ FRESH LOCAL AND BEST

    This looks so snackalicious!

  • http://freshlocalandbest.blogspot.com FRESH LOCAL AND BEST

    This looks so snackalicious!

  • http://www.hollyhadsellentertaining.com/ Holly

    Corn fritters are great for catering and they are so many variations. Yours look great.

  • http://www.hollyhadsellentertaining.com Holly

    Corn fritters are great for catering and they are so many variations. Yours look great.

  • http://www.veggiebelly.com/ Veggie Belly

    oh my! those fritters look so yummy! do you think i can make this without the eggs? will it hold together?

    • http://norecipes.com/ Marc @ NoRecipes

      I’ve never tried it, but it should, you’ll need to add more water though.

  • http://www.veggiebelly.com Veggie Belly

    oh my! those fritters look so yummy! do you think i can make this without the eggs? will it hold together?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc @ NoRecipes

      I’ve never tried it, but it should, you’ll need to add more water though.

  • http://laduecrew.blogspot.com/ Janet

    ooooh, these look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • http://laduecrew.blogspot.com/ Janet

    ooooh, these look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com/ Jan

    Yet another ‘must make’ on my list from your blog!!
    Marc you always come up with soooo many yummy things – I’m loving these fritters!

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com Jan

    Yet another ‘must make’ on my list from your blog!!
    Marc you always come up with soooo many yummy things – I’m loving these fritters!

  • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com/ Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    Gorgeous fritters! I love the addition of garam masala and I can just imagine the sweet bright flavors of corn when you bite into these scrumptious fritters!

  • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    Gorgeous fritters! I love the addition of garam masala and I can just imagine the sweet bright flavors of corn when you bite into these scrumptious fritters!

  • http://fortheloveofkidsandfood.blogspot.com/ Miranda

    Wow. You are so creative. This reminds me of german potato cakes, but with corn. SO YUMMY!

  • http://fortheloveofkidsandfood.blogspot.com Miranda

    Wow. You are so creative. This reminds me of german potato cakes, but with corn. SO YUMMY!

  • http://www.tasteslikehome.org/ Cynthia

    I actually have 2 ears of corn in my fridge and am definitely going to try this!

  • http://www.tasteslikehome.org Cynthia

    I actually have 2 ears of corn in my fridge and am definitely going to try this!

  • http://foodhappens.blogspot.com/ lo

    Those corn fritters look mad good… but I’m eyeing up that stew with the okra next door. Good stuff, no?

  • http://foodhappens.blogspot.com lo

    Those corn fritters look mad good… but I’m eyeing up that stew with the okra next door. Good stuff, no?

  • http://foodalogue.com/ Joan Nova

    When I was in Boston I walked right past Legal Test Kitchen to a place called “No Name”, supposedly known for authentic fresh fish. What a mistake!

    Your take on their corn fritters looks wonderful…and now I’m doubly sorry I walked past that door.

  • http://foodalogue.com Joan Nova

    When I was in Boston I walked right past Legal Test Kitchen to a place called “No Name”, supposedly known for authentic fresh fish. What a mistake!

    Your take on their corn fritters looks wonderful…and now I’m doubly sorry I walked past that door.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Here I was thinking corn fritters are corn fritters are corn fritters and you come along and make a fun twist on them. I like the sound of garam masala in the batter, they look good and crisp too, not stodgy at all. nice one! :D

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Here I was thinking corn fritters are corn fritters are corn fritters and you come along and make a fun twist on them. I like the sound of garam masala in the batter, they look good and crisp too, not stodgy at all. nice one! :D

  • http://anediblesymphony.blogspot.com/ Muneeba

    I love the flavor profiles in this … my family would get addicted to these pretty quick!

  • http://anediblesymphony.blogspot.com Muneeba

    I love the flavor profiles in this … my family would get addicted to these pretty quick!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ we are never full

    love this… if these were on an appetizer tray i’d be following the waiter around all night.

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com we are never full

    love this… if these were on an appetizer tray i’d be following the waiter around all night.

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  • http://duodishes.com/ The Duo Dishes

    The spicier the better please. More more more.

  • http://duodishes.com The Duo Dishes

    The spicier the better please. More more more.

  • http://foodmayhem.com Jessica@FoodMayhem

    Mmm, I love the idea of the corn fritter sandwiches, and I never knew about the corn strippers. I just make a mess cutting corn off the cob.

  • http://foodmayhem.com/ Jessica@FoodMayhem

    Mmm, I love the idea of the corn fritter sandwiches, and I never knew about the corn strippers. I just make a mess cutting corn off the cob.

  • http://www.lab247.net/ Jonathan

    So, I guess it’s too late for these? is there any corn left? I even have a corn stripper! :-(

  • http://www.lab247.net Jonathan

    So, I guess it’s too late for these? is there any corn left? I even have a corn stripper! :-(

  • http://whatsforlunchhoney.blogspot.com/ Meeta

    oh amazing these truly look sensational and garam masala adds true sice to it!

  • http://whatsforlunchhoney.blogspot.com/ Meeta

    oh amazing these truly look sensational and garam masala adds true sice to it!

  • http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/ Chaya

    I am a big corn fritter fan but I have never made them, really spicy. You have the best recipes. Thanks.

  • http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/ Chaya

    I am a big corn fritter fan but I have never made them, really spicy. You have the best recipes. Thanks.

  • Robert

    Does anyone know how much this recipie yields?

  • Robert

    Does anyone know how much this recipie yields?

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  • http://twitter.com/kitchenjules Jules

    I made these last night, and wow they were great! The first batch in hot plentiful oil was the best, for the second i let the oil get too cold and they were slightly less nice. Don’t worry is the batter tastes overseasoned, it will work out great in the pan. Thanks for the recipe, it was great!

  • http://twitter.com/kitchenjules Jules

    I made these last night, and wow they were great! The first batch in hot plentiful oil was the best, for the second i let the oil get too cold and they were slightly less nice. Don’t worry is the batter tastes overseasoned, it will work out great in the pan. Thanks for the recipe, it was great!

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