Corn Fritters Two Ways

Parmesan Basil or Jalapeno Cheddar

I love corn fritters. This recipe will share how to make them two different ways from the same basic batter. In the fall, when corn is plentiful and sweet, and I need to use up the abundance of herbs in the garden, I turn to griddle cakes and fritters to make fast side dishes to accompany a simple soup or salad for a healthy evening meal after a day of hiking, working in the garden or playing with the animals. This recipe is easily multiplied or reduced by half depending on your needs.

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters made two ways – Parmesan and Basil or Cheddar and Jalapeno
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Fritters


  • Food processor or Blender
  • Large skillet or frying pan


Base Fritter Batter

  • 4 ears Corn on the cob, shucked and silk removed Alternately, use 4 cups frozen corn that has been completely thawed.
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced Substitute a teaspoon of granulated garlic if you don't have fresh.
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil or Avocado Oil To Coat Skillet, does not get mixed into batter

Parmesan Basil Version

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup Basil, chopped loosely pack in measuring cup after chopping
  • 2 tbsp Flat leaf Italian Parsely, finely chopped

Jalapeno Cheddar Version

  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Jalapeno Pepper, finely chopped remove seeds and ribs to reduce heat, or used them to make fritters hotter.
  • 2 tbsp Cilantor, finely chopped


  • Cut the kernels off the corn using a sharp knife, or thaw frozen corn.
  • Pulse 2 cups of corn with the eggs in a food processor or blender until fairly smooth and eggs and corn are completely incorporated. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the remaining corn, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper.
  • After batter is mixed, fold in the cheese and greens from the chosen version.
  • Coat a large skillet or fry pan with oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Using a heaping tablespoon, drop by spoonfuls into the skillet, slightly spreading each fritter with the back of the spoon.
  • Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden and beginning to brown. Adjust heat to prevent scortching.


Note:  I like to use a large cookie scoop to scoop the batter into the skillet, it makes the fritters more uniform in size.
You can use just about any combo of cheese and herbs that you prefer.  I think a roasted garlic, rosemary and Romano cheese sounds great, and will have to give that a try one of these days.  
Keyword basil, Cheddar, corn, Corn Fritter, jalapeno, parmesan

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