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These corn fritters are made from corn that is combined with cheddar cheese and then fried into little cakes that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Cheddar Corn Fritters

Originally posted June 13, 2008 – I was going to update this post this yesterday, but couldn’t get onto the back end of the site due to some technical difficulties. But I wanted to repost it so much, I decided to go ahead and do it today!! The roadside stands here are still bursting with corn, and I’m definitely not wanting to give it up yet. These corn fritters are a bit of a splurge, but they are well worth it. You definitely won’t regret making them!

Do you remember that movie Flight of the Navigator? In case you haven’t,

Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 Disney science fiction film about a 12-year old boy, David, who is abducted by an alien space craft. Due to time dilation, David is gone for only a few hours, but when he is returned to earth, eight years have gone by. David has no memory of his abduction, and finds the world, and his family to have changed drastically. He eventually winds up at NASA to discover what happened. There he reunites with the ship. (From Wikipedia)

I remember watching this as a child. After seeing it for the first time, I developed this fear that I would come home one day only to discover that time had passed by for everyone else but me. It seems so silly to me now, but it was an honest fear for me when I was younger. I would go to school one day, and worry that days or weeks had gone by without me there, and that I wouldn’t know anyone anymore, and that everyone would think I was crazy.

How to Cut Corn off the Cob for Corn Fritters

Well, obviously that never happened, but I still have brief moments like this as an adult. One of these moments was yesterday. I was at the dentist’s office, lying in the chair getting a cavity filled. (Stupid, sneaky cavities!!) As I’m lying there, I all of a sudden hear George Micheal’s Christmas song – Last Christmas – playing on the radio. I had a brief moment of panic, wondering why I thought it was June when it was in fact December. Why else would there be Christmas music on the radio? After that moment, the dentist said something about the song and wondered why it was on the radio, so I immediately realized that – no, I hadn’t skipped through the last 6 months somehow without noticing. It was still June!

So what does this story have to do with these Cheddar Corn Fritters? Nothing, except for the fact that I was totally bummed that my mouth was halfway numb when I ate these. Because they were phenomenal. And even though my tongue felt at least 5 times larger than normal and I was drooling out of the right side of my mouth, I still gave these corn fritters an A+. In fact, this recipe alone was worth the cost of this cookbook.

I have been seeing fresh corn at the store for the last couple weeks, but I’m usually wary of corn this early – afraid that it will have no flavor. But I decided to go for it, and I’m glad I did. This corn was so incredible sweet and juicy – it was perfect! I did boil the corn for about 3 minutes before I cut it off the cob, and I would suggest this extra step. And I’ve decided that I’m the worst pan fryer ever – my kitchen was covered in oil by the time I was finished. (I have a hard time flipping things over without making a total mess!) While I was making them, I couldn’t see how they would be worth the mess they were making, but when I took my first bite, the mess didn’t matter at all anymore. These corn fritters are seriously that good.
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Cheddar Corn Fritters
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Corn is combined with cheddar cheese and then fried into little cakes that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Serves: 16 fritters
  • 3 ears corn, plus corn milk (or 2 cups corn kernals)*
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons diced red or green bell pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Vegetable oil for pan frying
  1. 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 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. Stir together flour, sugar, chili powder, if using, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine corn and corn milk, bell pepper, eggs, water and cheese in a bowl. Add to flour mixture all at once. Stir just until batter is evenly moistened. Stir in melted butter.
  3. Pour oil into large skillet to a depth of ¼ inch. Heat 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. You will make about 16 fritters in all. 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, 2 minutes more. Drain fritters on absorbent towels and season with salt.
  4. If needed, you can keep the first batches of fritters warm in an oven at 200 degrees while you finish frying the rest. Serve at once.
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46 Responses to Cheddar Corn Fritters {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Gabi says:

    Wow I must try these- if they’re that good for a rave after eating with a half numb mouth πŸ™‚
    It’s interesting how an idea can completely capture your imagination as a child and you carry it with you your entire life. I have those too.

  2. Grace says:

    i love corn fritters. unfortunately, my frying skills leave a lot to be desired and i tend to hurt myself. sometimes–actually, most times–they’re totally worth the pain. these look sensational! πŸ™‚

  3. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh wow that looks good and anything that says “fritter” has me interested! I’m really bad at pan frying stuff like this too so I usually avoid it. I tried to make potato fritters/patties once and the mixture was too watery so the fritters never firmed up.

  4. Tasha T says:

    Those look SO good! bookmarking to try it..

  5. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    I’m the same way about corn…superstitious about buying too early…but, for some crazy reason (global warming! ice caps melting! Al Gore spazzing out!) the corn has been GREAT right now. Perfect recipe, even with the oil splatters!

  6. Kelly-Jane says:

    Oh they look just gorgeous! Yum yum!!

  7. Mary says:

    OK, I think I’m going to have to try these! They sound fabulous!

  8. Melanie says:

    Yum but sorry your mouth was numb while eating them! And I loved that movie, too. I haven’t seen it in years…

  9. Emiline says:

    Yes! I want these.

    Were you on gas when you were at the dentist’s office? That stuff makes me loopy.

  10. kat says:

    oh man i want those now!

  11. Prudy says:

    Great idea-I’ll give this a try when the corn is at its best. I’m a fellow Utah food blogger and just got back from a week in Orem at my sisters!

  12. Steph says:

    Yum, these sound good! Must give these a try! Sounds like a great cookbook!

  13. Arfi Binsted says:

    hmmm… cheddar! i wonder how they turned out to be in corn fritters. i mean the taste. must be very different from feta or gruyere. worth trying.

  14. Lore says:

    You sure make these sound incredibly good! And since hubster declared himself as being the no 1 Cheddar fan I’m sure he would love these.

  15. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Isn’t it funny how we can develop weird childhhood fears. My son-in-law to be had nightmares for weeks after watching ET as a child.

  16. noble pig says:

    Oh yummy…I’ve never met a Friiter that wasn’t my friend…EVER!

  17. RecipeGirl says:

    These look nummy! Definitely something out of the ordinary for me to make. Love that kind of stuff.

    I’m mourning the loss of tastespotting too πŸ™

  18. Kevin says:

    Adding cheese to corn fritters is a great idea! They look really good!

  19. farida says:

    Looks lovely! Great combination of ingredients. I think I’ll bookmark this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  20. HoneyB says:

    These sound very delicious – I grew up with my mom making corn fritters and I always looked forward to them!

  21. Jeena says:

    Sweetcorn is a big favourite here, these fritters sound fabulous.

  22. Vicarious Foodie says:

    Oh my gosh I am so making these. They sound like a dream. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Peabody says:

    I dare not make these as I would eat the whole batch!

  24. Ann says:

    This is definitely getting bookmarked for when corn comes into season. And I loved Flight of the Navigator!

  25. Ruth Elkin says:

    I love corn fritters. These look delicious!!!!

  26. kamailesfood says:

    Hmmm…you make these sound like an absolute must try. I enjoy a good corn fritter and one with cheese sounds even better. πŸ™‚

  27. ashley says:

    these look delicious!!

  28. kimberleyblue says:

    I rarely fry any food – but I am soo making these. They sound so delicious!!

  29. Ashley says:

    I made these tonight as a side to grilled Chicken, they were extremely delicious! Thanks πŸ™‚

  30. kelaltieri says:

    i just made these and .. wow. πŸ™‚

  31. Amanda says:

    hello there used to be a cheddar cornmeal icebox cracker recipe here and ive even gone to the archives and it beings me to this recipe. although it looks good when im truly after is the icebox crackers. can you help me?

  32. LOVE cheese and LOVE corn so this is right up my street! These look amazing!

  33. Kristen says:

    These look like such a great end of summer harvest type recipe! LOVING it!

  34. Jackie says:

    Hi Deborah

    So I guess, frozen corn is out of the question?

  35. Chels R. says:

    These are so much fun! Love the cheese and corn combo-can’t go wrong there.

  36. OMG these look amazing!!!! I am so hungry!!!

  37. Jackie says:

    Hi Deborah

    I must have missed the announcement about you writing a cookbook. I saw it on amazon.com and preordered it. I love red velvet cake.

  38. Liz says:

    Love these – thanks and have a great weekend!

  39. Farah.F says:

    Just made these. But, seriously yours look gorgeous and mine didn’t turn up even close. taste was fine, but not beautiful golden and crisp πŸ™ i suspect i messed up the flour and corn ratio.

  40. Rachel says:

    Ooooo… anyone have any luck making these with oil or coconut oil? They look absolutely wonderful!

  41. Wendy says:

    Any chance you can sub the flour for almond flour or similar?

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