Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters with Pineapple Salsa

We’re at the end of our glorious corn crop and today I harvested that last few teensy cobs with one half full and about 8 kernels each on the other side.  I decided that lovely corn fritters with a bit of onion and a dash of cumin would be good for lunch.  John thought it would be good too.

Do you send instant messages through your computer to your husband or partner in the next room?  We do it all the time.

John is a programmer and when he’s got 15 strings in his head of – if this happens do this and if that happens do that so to keep him from having to start all over, I send computer messages.  For John it’s like someone’s counting to 100 and when they get to 48 you say, “24, 25, 26, 37, 41, 16…”  Then there are bad words emitted from that room next door followed by the biggest sigh you can imagine.

Me:  “John, I know you’re really busy but would you do me a big favor that will take you 10 minutes?  I’ve been cleaning the bbq and I’d need to take a shower before I could leave the house”

Him:  :)

Me:  “Was that a yes?”

Him: “Yes”

Me:  “Go buy a mango so we can have some salsa with our corn fritters?”

Him:  “Yes, dear.”

He left and I dashed to the kitchen and whipped up the fritter batter, went outside and got some fresh mint, chopped up a little red onion, got out the cumin and olive oil and a little lemon juice and I was ready.  I heard the front door open and heard the keys hit the hall table and he came in with NO mangoes.

“The mango man’s booth is gone, must be the end of the season,” he said as if it didn’t matter that I’d gone through all that work and there was NO mango salsa to go with it.  I had plans for that mango that didn’t exist.

How to Make Corn Fritters

He acted like there was no drama to be had whatsoever.  Me, on the other hand, couldn’t understand why he hadn’t gone to the supermarket less than 5 minutes from where Dan the Mango Man’s booth normally sits.  I looked at him and thought bad words.  He’s deep into finishing up his index plugin so I held my tongue and started rummaging through the pantry.

I spied a tin of pineapple pieces.  Lunch was sorted and John’s dad wouldn’t have to starve.  I plopped all the ingredients into a bowl, drizzled it with olive oil and cooked up the fritters.  I left out the chili  in the salsa because John’s dad can’t handle it.  Lunch was job done.

We enjoyed our corn fritters sitting in front of the TV watching Victoria Azurenka grunt and scream her way to a loss at the Australian Open tennis tournament.  I bet I said, “Stick a freakin sock in it,” more times than is healthy.

If you haven’t made corn fritters, shame on you.  They are wonderful.  They are even better with mango salsa but pineapple and mint work just fine too.  I bet any sort of salsa or chutney would be great with them.  This is a great vegetarian lunch idea.

Corn fritters with pineapple salsa

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Corn Fritters
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A delightful meat-free lunch that everyone will enjoy.
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 4
Corn Fritters
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of corn kernels cut off the cob (and scrape the cob too for all the good bits left behind)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ onion chopped finely
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • Milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley
  • chopped chives
  • oil for frying
  • 1 mango (I used canned pineapple pieces)
  • handful of fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ red onion finely chopped
  • ½ red chili finely chopped (you can add more or leave it out - I left it out)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Toss everything in a bowl and mix well. Make first so flavours develop.
Corn Fritters
  1. Into a medium sized bowl add the corn, the onion, the egg, salt and pepper and mix well.
  2. Add flour and milk alternately until you have a thick gloopy batter. It should look like a really thick, lumpy pancake batter.
  3. Add any herbs you like, or bacon or leeks or anything that's sitting in your fridge.
  4. Heat a frying pan to medium and add oil. Make small fritters and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook til browned on the bottom.
  5. Serve with salsa


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  1. says

    hehehe, just like my father, once my mom asked him to purchased some pandan rice, he just simply going to his rice man, if there’s no there, he won’t bother to go home without asking to the other shop that only 15 feets from that store…..
    btw, we used to called this as pergedel jagung in Indonesia, my kinda growing up daily snack!

  2. says

    Way too funny! I can picture the whole scene too well… OF COURSE I must side with you, there is a lot of drama in the whole thing, and I would even forgive a couple of tears… well, that could be a little too much, even moi, the Drama Queen would have to dial it back. Only slightly, though

    I haven’t made corn fritters in a while – love them! I think I have them in my blog. You’ve been blogging for too long when… you don’t remember what you blogged about already and might blog it all over again!

    • says

      He read the post and said something like, “You didn’t tell me mango was critical to your well-being or that I needed to go to the supermarket. You SAID ten minutes and it was just about 10 minutes to the mango hut.” Men!

      • says

        Gotta admit they can be tremendously creative… :-)

        yeah, right – mango salsa is not fundamental for mango salsa. Why would it be?

        I actually read the post to Phil and he mumbled something like – well, I don’t think I would come empty handed. I would grab a cantaloupe. He, he, he… too cute.

  3. says

    You guys are too funny. I wonder what mine would do if I interrupted his work for a mango. I’ve made corn fritters and love them but they were “light” and obviously not as delicious as yours. Will try yours. Yum.

  4. says

    Mango’s not a problem but getting fresh mint is impossible (says bad words). I had to toss the fresh parsley and dill the last time I had any in a container in the fridge. The water underneath them froze although I KNOW the fridge is not set too high. (says more bad words). Can I use dried mint? (doesn’t think she has any but it’s good to know)

    Do you have any suggestions for the Anjou pear and wedge of blue cheese in my fridge? California hand roll for supper but hoping to try some of those lovely corn fritters when I get some fresh corn.
    A_Boleyn recently posted..Beef Fajitas (Cajun Style)

  5. says

    Oh Maureen, this is too funny! Poor John… my Peter always phones me, sometimes in a panic, if he is unsure when he gets to the supermarket. Love corn fritters… reminds me, it’s been a while since I made them. Hope you are well xo

  6. says

    You are too funny, Maureen. I have to change the channel if there’s a grunter or screamer on the court. It’s a game – not torture! When John returned with no mango, I think that’s a male thing. A woman would have exhausted more options. Shame you couldn’t have added the chilli to the salsa. I’m so mean I would have added five and told my in-laws they couldn’t have any. They’d be fine – they like tomato sauce with everything! xx

  7. says

    Sometimes I send my husband to the store and he can never find what I have requested, even though I know very well that they have this in stock. I always have a plan B and pineapple is a great plan B for the salsa. I love corn fritters by the way and have not had them since I lived at home. Thanks for the reminder to try them again soon.

  8. says

    Love corn fritters. I am about to put some more corn in at our place, hoping for a better crop than last. I think your bounty of corn was much better than mine but I was also working with no water. Its amazing how simple one ingredient in growing can effect everything.

  9. says

    Yum! I love corn, so these fritter are just perfect for me and yes, fruity salsa just sound delicious paired with the corn fritter…
    Thanks for the recipe Maureen and hope you are having a wonderful week 😀

  10. says

    The conversation sounds so sweet. Hubby is a programmer too, all the time on his laptop, I buzz him and message him every hour. He loves it(most of the time).
    This fritter sounds so yum, it would be so nice to pack for school lunches too, great idea.

  11. says

    We are smack dab in the middle of winter and I can’t even begin to tell you how luscious the Corn Fritters are! And the salsa takes the outstanding recipe to pure delight!

  12. says

    I cannot wait for summer so I can make your corn fritters! My last batch was a “wing it” recipe and they weren’t so great…yours look perfect.
    PS…I can see my hubby doing the exact same thing!

  13. says

    My husband can’t find what’s in front of his nose in the pantry. And if he goes to the grocery he calls me at least four times because he can’t figure out what he’s supposed to get. I think he did that because now I just go myself. Love corncakes. And they aren’t just for lunch-at least in my book. Lucky you with fresh corn!
    Abbe@This is How I Cook recently posted..Thai Pork Dip or Don’t Be a Dip

  14. says

    dear Maureen, This is a very nice vegetarian lunch and I think the pineapple and mint works well. Mango would have been nice too, though it was not to be….I think you are right any salsa or fruit would work.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  15. says

    Sign me up for the shame corner. I’ve never had them either. But as soon as corn is back in season, I’m making this puppies. I totally cracked up at the interplay between you and your husband. We message each other too. Or well, my husband yells across the house saying something I couldn’t possibly hear from my office, and I message him back. Slow to take a hint at times, he just yells back to me across the house. Men.

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