Here’s to farm fresh corn showing up in local grocery stores, farmer’s markets and by-the-road fruit and veggie stands. While you can never go wrong serving boiled or grilled corn on the cob, these corn fritters, made with fresh corn kernels, are irresistible and an epic crowd pleaser. It’s worth noting that this recipe uses less oil for frying than classic corn fritters, and to further reduce the fat content, consider cooking these patties in your air fryer. Serve with a creamy cilantro dip to add an extra layer of flavour and elegance.

INGREDIENTS

Corn Fritters:

☐ 3 cups (750 ml) corn cut off cob

☐ 2 green onions, thinly sliced

☐ 1/2 cup (125 ml) all-purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free flour

☐ 2 teaspoons (10 ml) maple syrup

☐ 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) baking soda

☐ 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder

☐ 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt

☐ 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) black pepper

☐ A pinch or 2 of cayenne pepper

☐ 1 egg lightly beaten or 1 Chia Egg (combine 1 Tbsp (15 ml) chia seeds + 2 1/2 tablespoons (40 ml) water and let set for 10 minutes)

☐ 1/3 cup (83 ml) low-fat dairy, oat or soy milk

☐ 1 tablespoon (15 ml) canola, olive or vegetable oil for frying

Cilantro-Yogurt Dip:

☐ 1 cup (250 ml) chopped, fresh cilantro

☐ 1/4 onion, finely minced

☐ 1 cup (250 ml) yogurt or vegan yogurt

☐ 1/4 (1.25 ml) ground coriander

☐ 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) fresh lemon juice

☐ Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Corn Fritters

1. In a large bowl, combine the corn, green onions, flour, maple syrup, baking soda, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.

2. Add in the egg or chia egg and the milk. Mix just until well blended.

3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

4. Drop 1/4 cup (63 ml) of the batter into the frying pan to make each fritter. Cook 3-7 minutes per side until browned and cooked through. Reduce the heat if necessary to ensure that the fritters are thoroughly cooked without burning.

Cilantro-Yogurt Dip

1. In a bowl, stir the cilantro, onion, yogurt, coriander and lemon juice.

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

ENJOY!

Did You Know?

These kid-friendly corn fritters offer a serving of vegetables (i.e., 1/2 cup or 125 ml of corn kernels). They are a good source of gut-loving insoluble fibre, vitamin C, important B vitamins and minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese and iron.

Submitted by:
Joanne Nijhuis MSc, RD, a consulting and culinary dietitian in Simcoe Grey Bruce.

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