Corn and Red Pepper Fritters with Poached Eggs and Salsa

Hurry! Corn season is fast winding down. This dish will serve as breakfast, brunch, or a quick summer supper, and there’s simple vegan and gluten-free options as well.

We are approaching the Equinox, and with it the final days of our corn season. This is the time to squeeze in as many fresh corn dishes as possible from simple roasted corn to succotash, cornbread, or these tasty corn fritters.

First, the exquisite corn!

           I prefer this recipe using roasted or grilled fresh corn left from another meal, but it is almost as good if you steam or boil it. Whatever is easiest for you at the time. And you need not use leftover cooked corn, just lightly sauté corn cut from the cob along with the onion if you don’t have some stashed from another meal.

My own take on my mom’s fritters is to separate the eggs, gently whip the egg whites, and fold them into the rest of the ingredients. This step takes only a few minutes, but lends a lightness to the fritters I love. Most fritters are cooked in deep fat, but I prefer mine cooked in a thin layer of oil in my (grandmother’s) trusty cast-iron frying pan, the way my mom did it. And yes, you can easily make this gluten free by substituting your favorite flour, and I’ve also made them with corn meal. This only takes a few minutes and one bowl to put together.

While I usually make my fritters smaller, a heaping tablespoon of batter per fritter, for this dish I used an ice-cream scoop to make them larger. You have to be a little more careful when turning, but they worked great under the tomato and egg.

Corn and Pepper Fritters with Poached Eggs and Salsa

  • 2 1/2-3 cups cooked fresh corn
  • 2/3 cup sweet onion, finely minced
  • 1/2 sweet red sweet pepper, or a whole hot one if you like
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs, separated (or 1/4 cup aquafaba*)
  • 1/3 cup flour, or gluten-free flour
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp. sugar if the corn is not sweet enough
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • F few grates of freshly ground nutmeg
  • A few dashes of hot sauce, optional
  • 2 to four tbsp. organic corn oil for frying
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A cast iron frying pan is my tool of choice for cooking this recipe. Cook the first side until brown and bubbles appear on the edges of the second side. Then flip. They are a little sloppy, so do this gently!

Remove corn from ears and place in a large bowl. You should have around two and a half to three cups. Sauté onion and pepper in butter just until soft, let cool, and add to the corn. To this, add egg yolks, flour, chives, sugar, baking powder, and spices. Mix everything together.

Whip the egg whites or aquafaba just to gentle floppy peaks. Fold into the batter.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan to medium high. Once hot, add oil. Drop by ice cream scoop into heated oil, and even the top lightly to form a small pancake. This makes about 10 large or 18 small fritters.

Brown on one side for a few minutes, until a peak under reveals browning and the edges of the top are starting to set.

Using a very thin spatula, carefully turn once only and brown the other side. The second side will only take a minute or so. Drain on a wire rack so they stay nice and crispy.

Place on a plate and add a luscious local heirloom tomato slice, followed by a poached or over-easy egg. Top with salsa of choice.

*Vegan option:

Omit the eggs, and whip 1/4 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chick peas) to soft peaks, to fold in at the end just like the egg whites. When plating, simply top with tomato and salsa.

By themselves, or with a drizzle of maple syrup, nothing beats a corn fritter!

These they can easily stand alone as a nice summer supper with a salad. Some people like them with melted cheese on top, others with a bit of maple syrup, honey, or even applesauce. Make them small, and serve as a party appetizer drizzled with horseradish sauce and sprinkled with more chives.

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Suzassippi says:

    I have not thought about corn fritters for years, though I made them fairly often in Texas–usually when our friend would say “will you make me some corn fritters like my mama made?” I like the idea of serving with the tomato and egg!

    1. Thank you! I think about them a lot at this time of year. My mom made them a lot because we all loved them!

  2. Dave G says:

    Yum!

  3. The fritters look so delicious on their own, but the added layers of tomatoes, poached eggs and salsa take them to another level! 🙂

    1. Thank you ronin! This simple dish made a very special brunch!

  4. Oh, I’d enjoy a couple of orders of corn fritters all by themselves. 🙂

    1. Nothing better, right? It’s corn at its best.

  5. Chef Mimi says:

    Oh, this is all fabulous! Love what you did here.

    1. Thank you Mimi! We loved it!

  6. Yummy 😋

  7. Carolyn Page says:

    Now this may be tomorrow’s brunch, Dorothy… 🙂

  8. Gail says:

    I bow to your expertise of poaching the perfect egg. 🥚💫

    1. Thank you, it only took thousands to perfect the technique!🥚

      1. Gail says:

        Oh, believe me…….I know! 😜

  9. Fritters are yummu. Love your recipe with all these tasty veggies.

    1. Thank you Jovina! We all enjoyed it very much.

  10. Oh these fritters sound so good Dorothy, I am practically drooling!
    Jenna

    1. Thank you! They were perfect for the season!

  11. NativeNM says:

    Corn Fritters are the best! Love your recipe, it sounds so good!

    1. Thank you! It’s one of those recipes from childhood that have been a constant.

  12. Julie Knott says:

    There’s nothing better than a good fritter! These look amazing!

    1. Thank you! They were well received!

  13. Nancy says:

    I’ll be right over for the corn fritters! Mmmmmm! Mmmmmm!

  14. Nancy says:

    I’m making these for dinner tonight! I can’t wait!

    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  15. What a great combination and meal Dorothy! I hate that the growing season is almost over.

    1. i know, but Happy Autumn!!!!

  16. Sally says:

    Book marked this recipe. Love anything with a poached egg too.

    1. Thanks Sally! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  17. Oh my! The perfect brunch 😋

    1. Thank you! We all loved it!

  18. Julia says:

    This is something Bruce would love! I

    1. My husband was pretty happy with it!

  19. terrie gura says:

    Yes, yum! I love looking at these; it’s like a Benedict but with so much more personality! And I see from one of your related posts that you enjoy the fritters in other interesting ways, too. I love a versatile favorite like this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Terrie! I think I’ve topped fritters with just about everything!

  20. Winner Girl says:

    New idea, I liked it so much, I’ll try it.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! So much fun to add a twist or two to an old favorite.

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