How many of you got your Cinco de Mayo celebrations off to an early start over the weekend? We sure did, and it was deliciously fun! Last week I asked what sort of recipe you would most like to see as a last minute option to add to your menu, and the results were nearly split down the middle. Half of you wanted an appetizer while the other half wanted dessert. Never fear, we can kill two birds with one stone. Enter corn fritters. Depending on what you dip them in, these little babies can work as either an outstanding appetizer or an extremely excellent dessert. We went both directions with three different dipping sauces but the possibilities here are nearly endless.

I made a chipotle lime sour cream sauce, jalapeño infused honey, and also included some pureed blueberry sauce that was left over from another baking project. These would also be stellar with guacamole, a tomato-based salsa, tomatillo salsa, avocado cream sauce, raspberry jam, and the list goes on. If you wanted to make the sweet route even sweeter, consider tossing the fritters in powdered sugar before serving like a powdered sugar doughnut. We all LOVED these. All of the sauces worked so well, but if forced to choose a favorite, I’d have to go with the jalapeño honey. Though I haven’t tried it, I suspect you could fry these in advance and then rewarm later to crisp up a bit in the oven. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!


For the fritters:

  • 1 cup (4½ oz) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 2 cobs)
  • 1 to 1½ cups vegetable or canola oil, for frying

For the jalapeño-infused honey:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced

For the chipotle lime sour cream:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground chipotle powder
  • Pinch of coarse salt


  • 01

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk to blend. Add in the milk, sour cream and eggs. Whisk until evenly combined and all dry ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the corn kernels. Let the mixture stand for 10-15 minutes.

  • 02

    Heat the oil in a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat until hot enough that a small dollop of batter sizzles when added. Scoop in drops of batter 2-3 teaspoons at a time, spacing them out evenly to avoid crowding the skillet. When the bottom is just golden, flip gently and continue to cook until evenly browned and golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm.

  • 03
    • For the jalapeño-infused honey: Add the honey to small skillet over medium-low heat. Add in the jalapeño slices. Let cook until the honey is warmed through and lightly spiced, about 10-15 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to avoid simmering.
    • For the chipotle lime sour cream: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to blend until evenly combined.

  • lizardmom

    These were a staple at my grandmother’s house when I was growing up. No fancy sauces back then (all of which sound awesome!) Maple syrup was it!!

  • My mom always makes corn fritters! Great with seafood instead of hush puppies. These look perfect, Annie!

  • Michelle (Blackberry Babe)

    Gah! My Grandma always made corn fritters and this recipe seems similar. I will be trying these! Thanks Annie!

  • Elizabeth

    Hopefully this isn’t a dumb question… do you use a splatter screen when cooking things like this, or should the oil not be hot enough to pop/splatter all around the stove top when things get added to it?

    edited to add: these sound amazing and I love their ability to go sweet or savory!

  • Stephanie

    We definitely got started celebrating Cinco de Mayo over the weekend! These look like the perfect addition to any Mexican meal!

  • annieseats

    Not dumb at all! I usually don’t use anything like that mainly because, even when I do, oil still ends up in little droplets surrounding the fry area when I take the lid off, etc. I just accept the mess and move on. It’s part of frying, just one more reason I don’t fry things often at all!

  • Elizabeth

    Cool, thanks for the reassurance! I’ll accept the mess in the interest of giving these a try :)

  • These are the Most Fun use of corn!! Possibly ever. The.BOy and I just celebrated cinco de mayo tonight (a few days late, but better late than never) and my only regret is that I didn’t see these in time to make them!