Sweet Corn Fritters

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These sweet corn fritters are a great way to serve a veggie side! They come together in one bowl and make for an easy, filling lunch!

Sweet corn fritters served with strawberries and a dip.
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Corn is usually a much-loved veggie with its crisp texture and juicy, sweet bites, but if you’re looking for a different way to switch up how it’s served, you’ll love these fritters! The sweetness paired with savory spices makes for the perfect lunch or dinner side.

If you’re looking for other veggies to serve up in fritter form, you’ll also love these zucchini fritters, carrot fritters, and sweet potato fritters. Looking for something sweet? These apple fritters are the perfect breakfast treat!

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these sweet corn fritters:

Ingredients to make sweet corn fritters.
  • Corn: The main star ingredient for these fritters. I love to use a can of cooked corn to save some time, but you can also use thawed frozen corn kernels or slice off pieces of corn from a cob.
  • Egg: Used as a binder to help hold these fritters together.
  • Cheese: To give the fritters some added flavor.
  • Flour: Used to help the fritters maintain their shape and hold together.
  • Green Onions (Scallions): For added flavor and slight crunch.
  • Spices: Garlic powder and salt are used to add flavor.
  • Oil/Butter: To cook the fritters.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Eggs: For an egg-free version, substitute the egg with a flax egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and letting it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and thicken.
  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour for these fritters, but any type of flour may be used.
  • Cheese: The cheese may be replaced with dairy-free shredded cheese.
  • Green Onions: The green onions may be replaced with finely chopped red onions.

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make sweet corn fritters.

STEP 1: Add the cheese, egg, flour, garlic powder, and salt to the bowl and mix until combined into a thick paste. (Image 1).

STEP 2: Add the corn and chopped green onions and mix until combined and all of the corn kernels are fully coated (Images 2 & 3).

Steps to make sweet corn fritters.

STEP 3: Heat 1 tablespoon of butter on a frying pan on medium-low heat. Scoop out 2-tablespoon-sized portions onto the pan and press down to shape the portions into small fritters. They may seem loose at first but will bind together as the cheese melts and the fritters cook (Image 5).

STEP 4: Cook the fritters until golden, about 2 – 3 minutes per side (Image 6). Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. The fritters should be crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.

Storage Instructions

Once cooled, store the corn fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, place the cooled fritters in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag with parchment paper lined between each one and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature before reheating, or quickly reheat on high in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Sweet corn fritters served with strawberries and a dip.

Tips For Success

  • If you are using frozen corn, heat them up until they are fork tender and measure out 1.5 cups of the chopped beans to use in this recipe. If you are using canned corn, make sure to drain the liquid from the corn.
  • If you are making these fritters for a young baby, use the back of a fork to lightly mash the corn so that the corn kernels do not present a choking hazard.
  • I loved to use 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese for these fritters, but any grated cheese will work well here. Mozzarella cheese is a great low-sodium cheese option for babies and dairy-free shreds work as well.
Sweet corn fritters served with strawberries and a dip.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen corn instead of fresh ones for these fritters?

Yes! If you are using frozen corn, reheat them until fork tender and measure out 1.5 cups to use in this recipe.

What is the best replacement for the egg?

For an egg-free version, substitute the egg with a flax egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and letting it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and thicken. Then use it in place of the egg in the mixture.

What is the texture like of these fritters?

These fritters are soft-textured and perfect for babies and toddlers. Since the corn is fully cooked before adding the other ingredients, it results in soft-textured fritters.

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Sweet corn fritters served with strawberries and a dip.
5 from 2 votes

Sweet Corn Fritters

These sweet corn fritters are a great way to serve a veggie side! They come together in one bowl and makes for an easy, filling lunch!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 12 mini fritters

Ingredients 

  • 1 ¼ cups corn kernels, (from about one 15 oz can, drained)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped green onions, (or finely chopped red onions)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt, (optional)
  • unsalted butter/oil, for cooking
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Instructions 

  • Add the cheese, egg, flour, garlic powder, and salt to a bowl and mix until combined into a thick paste.
  • Add the corn and chopped green onions and mix until combined and all of the corn kernels are fully coated
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter on a frying pan on medium-low heat. Scoop out 2-tablespoon-sized portions onto the pan and press down to shape the portions into small fritters. They may seem loose at first but will bind together as the cheese melts and the fritters cook.
  • Cook the fritters until golden, about 2 – 3 minutes per side. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. The fritters should be crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.

Notes

  • If you are using frozen corn, heat them up until they are fork tender and measure out 1.5 cups of the chopped beans to use in this recipe. If you are using canned corn, make sure to drain the liquid from the corn.
  • If you are making these fritters for a young baby, use the back of a fork to lightly mash the corn so that the corn kernels do not present a choking hazard.
  • I loved to use 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese for these fritters, but any grated cheese will work well here. Mozzarella cheese is a great low-sodium cheese option for babies and dairy-free shreds work as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 118mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 74IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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