Crispy Bacon Corn Fritters

These crispy, chunky corn fritters with bacon and herbs are positively addictive. Great as a snack and perfect for brunch.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Fritters

Ingredients

I wanted to develop a corn fritter recipe that was absolutely packed with corn kernels. More corn than batter, was the brief I gave myself. To level them up, I decided to add a generous amount of crispy, chopped bacon. I flavored these fritters with fresh basil, chives and a pinch of chilli flakes. I also added a handful of grated cheddar cheese but that’s an optional extra.

  • Corn. I used frozen corn kernels but you could use canned or fresh corn too.
  • Bacon. I use streaky bacon.
  • Flour. 
  • Cornstarch. 
  • Eggs
  • Milk.
  • Baking powder. 
  • Fresh herbs. I used basil and chives. Cilantro/coriander or spring onion/green onion would work too. 
  • Chilli flakes. Cayenne pepper or fresh jalapeños can be substituted.
  • Cheese. I used cheddar but Monterey Jack, Gruyere, etc. will all be delicious.
  • Salt and black pepper.
  • Oil, for frying. I used canola oil but any neutral vegetable oil will work.

crispy bacon corn fritters

How to make corn fritters

I like cooking bacon in a sheet pan in the oven. This method delivers consistently crispy bacon without the mess and fuss of cooking it in a pan on the stove. An air fryer also works great for this. Once the bacon is cooked, chop into bite-size pieces and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together then stir in the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms. Add the corn, bacon and herbs to the mixture and mix well.

Heat approximately 1cm of oil in a large skillet or frying pan set over medium-high heat. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides and cooked throughout – approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and allow to drain on paper towels or a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a dipping sauce of your choice.

Can I make this ahead?

These fritters are best served freshly fried and hot but you can definitely make them ahead. They will last for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat leftovers, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until hot throughout. The corn fritters/corn cakes can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Layer the fritters with parchment paper in a freezer-safe container or freezer bags before freezing.

What to serve with corn fritters

I like serving these fritters with a simple dipping sauce (even a dollop of sour cream works well) and creamy avocado (or a delicious avocado tomato salad) for a simple meal. However, they make a great side dish for grilled chicken or simple snack served with a squeeze of lemon or lime.

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Crispy Bacon Corn Fritters

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Crispy bacon corn fritters

Crispy bacon corn fritters

These crispy, chunky corn fritters with bacon and herbs are positively addictive. Great as a snack and perfect for brunch.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn fritters, corn fritters recipe, recipe for corn fritters
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 8 (approximately 2 fritters per serving, depending on size)

Ingredients

  • 250 g (½lb) bacon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups corn kernels Thawed if using frozen. Fresh or canned corn will also work.
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F and line a baking sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Lay the bacon in an even layer on the pan then place in the oven. Allow to cook for 10-12 minutes or until done to your preference.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven and chop into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  • To make the batter, whisk the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  • Add the egg and milk and mix until a smooth batter forms.
  • Stir the bacon, corn and fresh herbs into the batter.
  • Heat approximately 1cm of oil in a large skillet or pan set over medium-high heat.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides and cooked throughout - approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from the pan and allow to drain on paper towels or a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  • Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

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Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1150mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

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