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Sweetcorn Fritters

A simple recipe using just sweetcorn, onion and batter to make little fritters. Great to whip up as an anytime snack for hungry after schoolers or hollow legged teenagers as well as a main family meal.

How do I make vegetable fritters

You just need to combine all the ingredients except the frying oil in a bowl and stir well together.

Then add blobs to a hot oiled frying pan and fry until golden, flip over and fry the other side.

If making them for dinner, serve with some peas and oven wedges

What vegetables can be used in fritters

Any firm vegetable can be substituted for the sweetcorn. Most times I would include the onion, but if you don’t have any or don’t want to use any, they still work just fine.

  • peas
  • just onions
  • grated swede
  • grated carrot
  • grated parsnip
  • tiny cauliflower florets
  • tiny broccoli florets
  • broad beans
  • edamame beans
  • mixed frozen vegetables


What spices can be used in vegetable fritters

You can also omit the spice, using just a little salt and pepper, or use a different spicing.

  • a heaped tsp each of ground coriander and ground cumin
  • a tblsp of a spice paste from a jar, any flavour
  • use whole coriander and cumin seeds for a different texture
  • sumach or dried ground green mango give a lovely tang
  • add a little tamarind paste. Go carefully, this is strong, try a little, then add more if it needs it
  • a heaped tsp of ground ginger, or fresh grated ginger and a crushed clove of garlic
  • if you like spicy heat, add a little chilli or lots of ground black pepper


Can I make vegetable fritters gluten free

That’s a very easy adaptation for this recipe. You can either use gluten free flour, easily obtainable now in most supermarkets. Or use gram (chickpea) flour, which is naturally gluten free and is delicious used for these


You might also like these mixed vegetable spicy fritters

Or these supercheap fritters using mushy peas

sweetcorn fritters

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Freezes Well
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 24p
Calories: 288kcal
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  • 140 g onion diced finely
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsps garam masala
  • 300 g sweetcorn
  • water to form a stiff dropping consistency

To Serve

  • 900 g potato for wedges


  • Combine all ingredients except 30 ml of the oil (reserved for frying).
  • Fry heaped dessertspoons of the mix, in the oil in your non-stick frying pan. Makes approximately 16.
  • Serve with 225g potato wedges each. (900g potato in total)

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Nutrition Facts
sweetcorn fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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