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Sweet Corn & Cheddar Cheese Fritters

A good fritter is a Southern staple, and these Corn & Cheddar Cheese Fritters are a true delicacy. Easy to whip up and using pantry staples, they're the perfect side dish for any home cook. After all, you only need a can of corn!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 150kcal


  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp diced green bell pepper
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • Vegetable oil for pan frying


  • If using fresh corn, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the shucked and cleaned corn to the water and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from water. Cut the kernels from ears of corn and then scrape the cobs with a table knife to release all the milk. Catch this milk in a bowl and add to the batter. In a large bowl, use a fork to stir together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, chili powder, if using, salt, and pepper) until evenly incorporated, and set aside.
  • In another bowl,  stir together the corn, corn milk, bell pepper, eggs, water and cheese. Add the wet ingredients into the dry bowl, all at once. Stir just until batter is evenly moistened. Stir in the melted butter.
  • Pour the oil into a large skillet, up to about a 1/4 inch deep. Heat the skillet over medium heat until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-frying thermometer. Using a serving spoon and working in batches to avoid crowding, drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. This will make about 16 fritters total. Pan fry on the first side until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn once and fry until golden brown on the second side, about 2 minutes more. Remove cooked fritters from the pan and set on stacked paper towels to drain off excess oil. Season the fritters with salt, to taste.
  • If needed, you can keep the first batches of fritters warm in an oven at 200 degrees while you finish frying the rest. Serve all the cooked fritters warm, at once.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg