October 7, 2010 · 13 comments

Sweetcorn Fritters

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Sweetcorn Fritters

I adore sweetcorn, it is one of my favourite vegetables. Sweet, crunchy, succulent and above all cheerful. It is at its most abundant in the UK as the weather is getting drearier and more autumnal (September into mid October) yet there it is a joyous, bright golden shade to brighten our meals.

These fat, gift-wrapped cobs are now plentiful and will be gracing the vegetable boxes and supermarket shelves alike for a wee while to come. I find it rather a-maizing (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) that corn is technically not a vegetable, but a grass.

Apparently when Columbus reached Cuba in 1492, the native Indians greeted him with ears of corn, which he claimed were “most tasty whether boiled, roasted or ground into flour”. Some believe that Columbus introduced corn to Europe, where the variety of maize grown was largely fed to livestock. To this day, many people still see it as something fit only for cattle. This prejudice is rather surprising, because sweeter maize varieties (what we call sweetcorn) have an almost addictive succulence  – boiled, barbecued or turned into succulent fritters, what is there not to love?

Sweetcorn Fritters

When buying sweetcorn look for cobs with the husk intact. The husk should be green and fresh and conceal fine, silky threads. Kernels should be tightly packed, plump and smaller at the tips than in the middle (indicating young cobs). After picking, the sugars in sweetcorn began turning to starch fairly rapidly. As the point of sweetcorn is that it’s sweet, keep sweetcorn cool and eat as soon as possible after picking – on the same day as purchase where possible. If keeping for more than a day, parboil the corn for a minute (this will help slow down the conversion of sugars) before refrigerating or freezing.

My favourite fritter recipe is currently a slightly adapted one of Bill Granger’s. It gives, light, tender fritters with just enough bite and they’re not overly flavoured which gives more scope for the accompaniments.

Bill’s recipe calls for fresh corn and I really do think that makes a difference, but at a pinch you could use frozen (don’t bother defrosting).

These fritters are great served with a simple relish as a light lunch or, served as an accompaniment, or to make a more substantial meal from them with crisp bacon and cockles.

Sweetcorn Fritters

Makes 16 small fritters

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups (from 2 to 3 ears) corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, cut into small dice
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and paprika into a medium bowl.
  2. Add the sugar, stir to combine, and make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk until combined. Gradually add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until a smooth, stiff, lump-free batter forms.
  4. Stir in the corn, pepper, onions and parsley.
  5. In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  6. When the oil is hot, add the batter in scant quarter-cup amounts, cooking four at a time.
  7. Fry for 2 minutes or until the underside of each fritter is golden. Turn the fritters over and cook until the other side is golden.
  8. Transfer to another plate and keep warm while cooking the remaining fritters.

Sweetcorn Fritters

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meemalee October 7, 2010 at 12:43

These look fantastic. I love sweetcorn fritters, the little kernels of juiciness going pop in amongst the batter. And relish is a must.

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George@CulinaryTravels October 28, 2010 at 09:30

Thank you Meemalee :) You’re right relish is essential.

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The Grubworm October 7, 2010 at 14:54

I am so with you on the deliciousness of those little yellow gems. I also love them done in different ways, on a winter bbq, they;re super tasty.

This is a great recipe, there’s something about the sweet kernals, the crunchy fried exterior and – i like to add chilli – the heantle heat of cayenne. Winter busting super food!

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George@CulinaryTravels October 28, 2010 at 09:32

Winter busting superfood – love it :)

I made some of these in a ‘Thai style’ the other day and that worked a dream. I aim to blog them at some point.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake October 8, 2010 at 07:49

They look great, sweetcorn is so cheerful isn’t it. Great with relish too.
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George@CulinaryTravels October 28, 2010 at 09:32

Thanks Sarah.

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Lucy October 10, 2010 at 15:27

These just look gorgeous, sweetcorn is such an interesting food. Love what you’ve done with it :)
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George@CulinaryTravels October 28, 2010 at 09:33

Thank you Lucy.

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Whimsical Wife October 13, 2010 at 12:18

On my list of things to make! :)
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George@CulinaryTravels October 28, 2010 at 09:33

Hope you’ll enjoy them Wendy.

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Pablo June 15, 2012 at 11:31

Sweetcorn fritters, oh what a superb idea. I haven’t made any in ages, and now I fancy some with sweet chili sauce.

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Elizabeth February 25, 2014 at 01:36

These look fabulous – my lunch is sorted.

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George@CulinaryTravels February 25, 2014 at 12:52

Hope you enjoy them Elizabeth!

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