Healthy corn fritters are a southern staple you can make at home. Serve with garlic aioli or sour cream.
You can turn just about any vegetable into a fritter- zucchini, carrot and butternut squash have all joined the fritter family. The corn fritter though has always been the a staple.
The ingredients to make these quick and easy corn fritters are relatively basic, and you probably have them sitting in your pantry and fridge already. I used canned corn for this recipe, but you can replace canned corn for fresh or frozen corn instead.
You might notice that I also used no salt added corn as well. The benefit of using no salt added ingredients is that you can control how much salt is going into your batter. You can make your batter and then make one fritter and taste it. Then adjust your batter as necessary. If it’s too runny, add in more flour or egg. Too bland? Try a little more salt and sugar.
- Corn: Any type of corn will do. I prefer a sweet yellow variety, but if you lean towards the less sweet white corn, that will work just as well. You can use fresh, frozen or canned corn for this recipe.
- Eggs: Eggs will acts as a binder for the batter. You will want the batter to remind you of pancake batter.
- Flour: A starch like flour will thicken the batter and make it easier to pour. Use less flour if you want a thinner consistency.
- Cream: Using cream in the fritter batter will not only thicken the batter but give it a creamy consistency.
- Salt & Pepper: For seasoning, adjust to your liking
- Chives and Sour Cream: Garnish with sour cream and chives. I love to pile on the garnish 🙂
How to Make Healthy Corn Fritters
Mix your dry ingredients together. Make sure the four, baking soda, sugar, salt and pepper are evenly whisked together. In a separate bowl begin to mix your wet ingredients. Whisk your eggs and milk together until combined. Slowly add your egg and milk mixture to your dry ingredients and whisk together. It should come together and make a slurry.
Fold in your corn.
Add some butter and oil to a nonstick pan and heat. Drop a spoonful of batter into the hot oil and let fry for 3 minutes on each side.
Fry your fritters to your liking. I like mine crispy so I will fry them a couple of extra minutes or add extra oil if I feel they need it.
How to Keep Fritters from Getting Greasy
While these fritters are pan fried in a bit of oil, there is an easy way to keep them from getting to greasy.
First, avoid adding too much oil to the pan at once. Also, don’t add the batter to the pan before the oil is hot. If you add the fritters to cold oil, they won’t fry but just absorb the cold oil.
When are you finished frying the fritter, line your plate with paper towels and place the fritter on the fritter on the paper towel to allow it to absorb the excess oil.
Best Garnishes for Corn Fritters
There are many options as condiments or garnishes for your fritters. A favorite is sour cream and chives but greek yogurt or garlic aioli is also a good alternative. You can also use honey as a topping for your fritters if you like your food more sweet than savory.
Did you make this recipe? What do you like to top your fritters with?