Sweetcorn fritters recipe

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These crispy sweetcorn fritters only take seconds to make and taste delicious.

Sweetcorn fritters
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories82 Kcal4%
Sugar3 g3%
Fat1 g1%
Salt0.9 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein4 g8%
Carbohydrates14 g5%
Salt0.9 gRow 6 - Cell 2

Sweetcorn fritters are often served as an accompaniment to a Thai curry, or as a starter with dipping sauce.

Sweetcorn fritters are a staple on Thai restaurant menus up and down the country. A favourite in east Asian cuisine, the sweetness of the corn is delicious when paired with a little spice. Whether you opt to serve them solo – maybe with some sweet-chilli dipping sauce – or as part of a main meal, the great thing about this recipe is it takes just 20 minutes to put together. This recipe makes 8-10 fritters and we find people usually want 2-4 per serving.


  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Seasoning
  • Medium egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 198g can sweetcorn kernels
  • Salsa, either store-bought or home-made, to serve




  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and seasoning into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add a medium egg and gradually beat in 150ml milk to form a smooth batter.
  2. Drain a 198g can sweetcorn kernels, pat dry on kitchen towel, then add to the batter mix with any thing else you fancy (see the tip!).
  3. In a frying pan, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Once hot, fry spoonfuls of mixture for about 2 mins each side until golden and crisp on each side.
  4. Serve the sweetcorn fritters with a salsa or a quick salad of peppers, spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber.

Watch how to make sweetcorn fritters

Top tip for making sweetcorn fritters

Add flavour with spring onions, a splash of soy or chilli sauce, or chopped coriander.

What should I serve with my sweetcorn fritters?

If you want something quick you can just dip your fritters into, tomato salsa or sweet chilli sauce are both great options. For a spicier kick, mix some sriracha sauce with  tomato ketchup to make a hot ketchup. Guacamole is a good option too.

For something fresher, mix plain yoghurt with a small crushed garlic clove, plenty of freshly ground black pepper, a pinch of salt and some chopped fresh mint. Add shredded cucumber as well to make it into a tzatziki-style dip.

Or you can use them as part of a larger dish. If you like eggs Benedict, use a sweetcorn fritter instead of the toasted muffin and top with ham (or smoked salmon); a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Or serve with scrambled eggs and grilled asparagus to make a fancy brunch.

Why are my sweetcorn fritters soggy?

The main reason for this would be that you have not drained the sweetcorn well enough. It's tempting just to drain from the can and add them straight to the batter, but we'd really recommend drying the kernels out on kitchen paper or a tea towel before you add them to remove as much moisture as possible and keep your batter the right consistency. 

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