Sweetcorn Fritters With a Unique Lemon Twist

Corn fritters made with cornmeal are a traditional Native American dish. These fritters, however, make use of what you have grown on the homestead – succulent freshly picked sweetcorn, red peppers, cilantro, and lemon.

Add the cucumber from your kitchen garden for garnish and you’ll have most of the fresh and organic ingredients to make these wholesome and oh-so-tasty fritters.

sweetcorn fritters
sweetcorn fritters

Frying them in butter just adds to the flavor, and with the addition of lemon zest it lifts the fresh taste of these fritters to new heights. Don’t try and substitute canned sweetcorn – it just won’t taste the same!

These are great served alone or with the additional of either shaved ham, smoked salmon or small homemade beef patties for a hearty meal

If you make smaller fritters and serve with smoked salmon they make for a great addition to a cocktail platter, especially if you garnish with a blob of crème fraiche and a tiny piece of dill.

sweetcorn fritters

Sweetcorn Fritters Recipe

The Homesteading Hippy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Native American
Calories 338 kcal


  • 3 teaspoons butter for frying
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ a teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 cups fresh sweetcorn cut from the cob
  • ½ cup spring onions sliced
  • ½ cup red pepper chopped fine
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and make a well in the center.
  • In a separate jug whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Add the egg mix to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine until the batter has no lumps.
  • Combine sweetcorn, spring onion, pepper, and cilantro in a separate bowl.
    corn, red pepper, cilantro and spring onions
  • Add fresh ingredients to the batter, mixing to combine.
    batter with sweetcorn mix
  • Heat butter in a well seasoned cast iron skillet or a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Drop in a tablespoon full of batter if you are making smaller fritters for a snack platter, or increase to two full tablespoons of batter for larger family size fritters for a meal.
    corn fritter ready to fry in butter
  • Fry until golden – it should take around 2 minutes per side – they are ready to turn when you see small bubbles forming on the upper side.
    golden sweetcorn fritters ready to serve
  • To serve place fritters on a plate and place a blob of crème fraiche on each, then arrange a folded triangle of shaved ham, smoked salmon or a homemade beef patty on top, top with a twist of black pepper and decorate with some shaved cucumber.


To serve:
  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • 12 slices shaved ham, smoked salmon, or 8 small 1½ ounce homemade beef patties (2 per person)

You can buy creme fraiche ready to use, or make your own by placing one tablespoon of buttermilk in a cup of double cream and leaving to stand for 12 hours at room temperature.

Refrigerate after 12 hours to prevent the bacteria in the buttermilk developing further with the cream; the mix will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

If you don’t have buttermilk or cream you can make your own creamy yogurt dressing instead with 1/3 cup of Greek double cream yogurt to which you add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and one crushed garlic clove to make up just over half a cup of dressing.

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