Corn Fritters Recipe

Corn Fritters are savory and not sweet making it a terrific breakfast for dinner dish any time of year.

A colorful striped plate with Corn Fritters, fork, napkin, and knife.

Why this recipe works

Try Corn Fritters as a different sort of pancake for Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday.

Don’t let the name fool you! This gluten free corn fritter recipe is a pancake recipe.

This easy corn fritters recipe is perfect for Pancake Day.

Pancakes versus corn fritters

So what’s the difference between these corn fritters and a pancake made with the same ingredients?

According to The Old Foodie: “Not much really.” HA!

Some corn fritter recipes are thick and pancake like, while others look like deep fried blobs of dough.

My gluten free corn fritter recipe is more pancake like – and fairly wholesome since it’s not deep fried.

The origin of these easy corn fritters

This corn fritter recipe is actually my husband’s concoction for what he calls “corn pancakes.” It’s been a Christmas morning staple at our home for years.

Paul came up with these easy corn fritters when he was living in Berlin and only had some frozen corn, eggs, flour, milk and some ketchup to make breakfast with at his friend, Thomas’s home.

When he came back to the States, made them for me. I loved them so much that I always request them for special occasions like birthdays and holiday brunches.

Corn Fritters on a striped plate with a fork and napkin.

Making this corn fritter recipe gluten and dairy free

I’ve taken Paul’s corn fritter recipe and made it gluten free by using an all purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

Check out my  Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!

Then I made the corn fritters dairy free by using plain rice milk.

You can also use unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened soy milk.

I used whole eggs in my easy corn fritter recipe, but you can health it up even further by using the equivalent of two eggs worth of eggs whites.

When I lived in Georgia, I used country ham, the Southern version of prosciutto, in my corn fritters.

Instead, you can use thickly cut ham deli slices, meaty bacon, pancetta, sausage, or even spicy chorizo!

Or forgo the meat altogether in this gluten free corn fritters recipe and add some sautéed diced peppers instead. That way you now have a vegetarian corn fritter recipe!

Corn Fritters on a striped plates with a forks, knives and napkins and bowls of apple sauce.

Serving ideas for this easy recipe for corn fritters with ham

Just because these corn fritters are savory, it doesn’t mean you can put your favorite sweet syrup on them.

Some ideas because pancake syrup are real maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, or sorghum syrup.

My family likes these yummy corn fritters with ketchup, including my homemade Green Tomato Ketchup as shown in the picture above. Try it, you just might like it!

More pancake recipes

If you’re looking for more pancake recipes for Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday, give these a try:

This Zucchini Fritters Recipe is a terrific way to use extra zucchini from the garden.

If you love sweet potatoes, you have to make Sweet Potato Pancakes.

If you love crepes, try this Gluten Free Crepes Recipe or this Easy Rice Flour Crepes Recipe.

Yield: 15 FRITTERS

Corn Fritters Recipe

Corn Fritters Recipe

Try Corn Fritters for Pancake Day. This corn fritter recipe is gluten-free.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or a sugar substitute like monk fruit
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups plain rice milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen golden sweet corn, defrosted
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions, defrosted
  • 1 cup cooked and diced country ham, deli ham, meaty bacon, pancetta, or sausage (optional)
  • Cooking spray
  • Ketchup, pancake syrup, or other sweet syrup for serving


  1. Heat pancake griddle, skillet, or frying pan.
  2. Combine all-purpose gluten free flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, add eggs to rice milk and beat until combined.
  4. Pour milk and eggs into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Add corn, onions, and meat if using. If the batter seems thick, add more rice milk.
  5. Grease pancake griddle with cooking spray. (You can also use oil, butter, buttery spread, or even grease leftover from cooking up the ham or bacon.)
  6. Using a 1/4 cup measure, spoon out the batter on to the hot griddle. Cook the pancake until each side is golden brown. Keep corn fritters warm in the oven until served.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 pancake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally posted on December 12, 2013 and February 26, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.

4 thoughts on “Corn Fritters Recipe

  1. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

    I love corn fritters and you’ve just reminded me that I haven’t made any in a long time. Thanks for reminding me. But, I’ve never had them with ham.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Mireya, you can add anything you want to them – little pieces of leftover ham, sauteed veggies, cheese, etc. It’s a great way to use up some leftovers, too!


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