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Southern Fried Corn Fritters with a tub of shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro behind them.
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Cheesy Southern Corn Fritters Recipe

These Cheesy Corn Fritters are lightly fried in healthy oil until perfectly crisp, fluffy, and lightly golden.  Learn how to easily make this appetizer or side dish recipe with frozen, fresh, or canned corn, cheddar cheese, and a ton of Southern flavor!

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican, Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 fritters
Calories 165 kcal
Author London

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet kernel corn fresh, previously frozen, or canned
  • 1 cup flour gluten-free 1-to-1 blend
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1- 1 ¼ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar optional
  • cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • cup milk cashew or almond milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese cheddar or Monterrey jack
  • 2-3 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • Green onions optional
  • Sour cream* optional

Instructions

  1. If using previously frozen corn, either rinse it until warm water until thawed or thaw at room temperature. Dab with a paper towel until completely dried.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add corn, cilantro, whisked eggs, milk, and cheese.
  4. Stir until mixture is well combined.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet. Heat oil until it begins to sizzle.
  6. Measure out ~⅓ cup of batter for each fritter.
  7. Place batter for 4-5 fritters evenly spaced into the skillet. Press each one down lightly with the back of a spatula and cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
  8. You’ll know the corn fritters are done cooking when they fluff up and turn lightly browned and crispy.
  9. Serve corn fritters with a dollop of sour cream* or some homemade aioli with a sprinkle of green onions.

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Recipe Notes

*Use vegan sour cream if vegetarian or dairy-free.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Southern Corn Fritters Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 525mg23%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 341IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.