Monday, August 23, 2010

Hoosier Corn Fritters

It's getting towards the end of the season but local corn may be available a few more weeks.  Although  not everyone has a love affair with fresh corn on the cob, my father, who farmed in the Midwest growing up, passed just such a love on to at least some of his children.  Add to that the fact that I grew my own corn for over 20 years, and you've got a real corn snob on your hands.  But even someone who truly loves fresh corn on the cob, to the point that no off-season corn in any form is worth eating, appreciates eating fresh corn other ways than just on the cob.  These fritters are a great way to capture the corn flavor of summer with a bit of zing.

Corn fritter recipes are all over the Internet; many are exact copies of each other.  My recipe has been tweaked it over the years; it's not drastically different than what you'll find elsewhere, but to me it's a bit better than most.  It's not yet perfect but it is oh-so-delicious.  Go out and pick a few ears from your garden and give this a try.



  • 2 ears fresh local corn, shucked, and kernels cut off cob
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. 2% milk (other milk may be used, or even water)
  • 3 T. yellow corn meal
  • 3 T. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 1/2 T. baking powder
  • dash salt
  • pepper to taste
  • a dash of cayenne pepper, or cumin


Whisk eggs with milk in large bowl, then add corn and onion.  Stir together corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and spice.  Add to corn batter and let sit 15 minutes.

Heat a thin sheet of olive oil in a non-stick skillet (medium heat).  Drop batter by small spoonfuls -- about 2 T. each -- into oil; fry until browned on each side, and drain on paper towels. 

Serve while warm with plain yogurt, sour cream, and/or a little homemade salsa.


Frozen corn will also work well for this, especially if it's corn you've cut off the ears and frozen yourself.  Don't bother with canned corn -- it simply isn't as good (I'm a corn snob, remember?  Or as I prefer to say, I have a highly educated palette).  The whole wheat flour adds just a bit of earthy flavor and the onion plays well with the corn.  They can be a bit crumbly (one of the things I'm trying to perfect) so make them small, not large, unless you don't care if you get lots of corn fritter chunks instead of fritters.  These fritters make a great side for a Thanksgiving dinner; substitute rosemary for the cayenne pepper or cumin.

And cook, eat, dance, love!

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