Beer Battered Corn Fritters

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After a long day of basketball activities and a Sunday dinner management circus act, I thankfully had enough time to capture a picture of our Sunday starter.  I'm glad I did because these were delicious and I need to share them right away.  

Some people think of corn fritters as flat pancake-like eats, but when I hear the word fritter, I think crispy on the outside and light and tender on the inside.  And that is exactly what these are-- sweet corn in beer batter fried to crispy perfection.  To bring out more flavor (once fried and drained), they can be hit with more cayenne, a dash of Tabasco, or even a drizzle of honey-- yum!  The recipe makes quite a few, so these would be perfect to make for game day parties and half-time treats. Wash a few down with a cold one and fry up some more.
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Corn Fritters
makes about 3 1/2 dozen

3 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 extra large egg
1 12-ounce bottle beer (I used a pale ale)
Vegetable oil for frying
Kosher salt

Cayenne Pepper

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, green onions, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Whisk in the egg and beer.  Add the corn and stir to combine.

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350º F on a thermometer.  Carefully drop tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil.  Fry until puffed and golden, turning halfway through frying, about 2-4 minutes.  Remove the fritters and drain on paper towels, season with kosher salt.  Continue with the remaining batter, maintaining the oil temperature at 350º F.  Allow the fritters to cool slightly.  Serve with extra cayenne, Tabasco, or a drizzle of honey.  Enjoy!

Adapted from jamesbeard.org


  1. I am pretty sure these would be a huge hit at our house!

  2. You indicate to add cream in the directions but it is not listed in the ingredients. How much cream do you add?

  3. Martha-
    I did not indicate to add cream in the directions and it is not listed in the ingredients. Not sure where the confusion is.

  4. Yum, I have a bunch of corn frozen fresh last summer that needs to be used up. This looks like a great way to do it!

  5. Excellent idea to add beer to the batter. I always use beer to make my batter crispier for fried stuff. Thanks for sharing the post.

  6. In Vietnam, they do something similar to this, but use bananas instead, but leave out the beer and cayenne :]


  7. I absolutely adore corn fritters but have never seen them outside of upstate New York -- where I only make it once or perhaps twice a year. I am filing this away for the next special occasion.

  8. I'm going to make these tonight and I can't wait to try them.
    2 questions: Could I add cheese, or would that get messy during the frying? And could I make the batter a couple of hours ahead of time or would something bad happen to it?

  9. Ami-
    The batter comes together rather quickly, so it is not necessary to make it ahead of time. However, you can make the fritters and keep them warm in the oven and they will stay crisp until you are ready to sere. As for the addition of cheese, I can not say, but if you are looking for a fried recipe with cheese, check out my Fried Cheese Balls with Chili Mayonnaise. They are really good!

  10. @Nicole-The Galley Gourmet
    Oh My Goodness! These were delicious. I did end up adding cheese (and I will soon be trying your fried cheese balls) because I can't resist cheese in most things. They were SO good and the whole kernels of corn made them really, like, poppy and fun to eat. I served them with chipotle lime aioli. Thank you so much for a fantastic addition to our Mexican feast!

  11. Ami-
    So glad you enjoyed them and thanks for reporting back about the cheese. I see some variations in the future:)

  12. omg AND fried cheese balls with chili mayonnaise?
    can i come live with you? i don't take up much space and i can clean!

    thanks for the great recipes -

  13. I don’t Buy Beer Is there anything To substitute The beer with??

  14. AnonymousMay 16, 2022

    Seltzer water would be a good substitute.


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