Photographers Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Corn Fritters



  • 1-¼ cups self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn, drained
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional items for topping: 6-8 slices of bacon, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onions (chopped).


  1. In a large fry pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, reserve grease in a heat-safe bowl and wipe out the pan with a piece of paper towel.
  2. In a medium bowl, wisk together the cornmeal mix, flour, Cayanne pepper, garlic powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the corn and melted butter and mix until smooth.
  6. Heat some of the bacon grease in the same fry pan over medium-medium high heat. Add additional cooking oil as needed. Or, if using a deep fryer, heat your oil to 365 ºF.
  7. Drop 1/4 cup amounts of batter into the hot oil and quickly use the measuring cup or a spoon to spread it into a pancake shape (you can also do tablespoonfuls if you want smaller corn fritters). Do this in batches, adding more bacon grease and/or vegetable oil between batches so as not to dry out or overload the pan.
  8. Fry for around 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown, turning once. Be sure to manage your heat so you don't burn them.
  9. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  10. Serve hot or room temperature with sour cream, shredded cheddar, chopped green onions and crumbled bacon on top.
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Corn Fritters
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving: About 6 corn fritters
Calories: 442
Total Fat: 19 g
  Saturated Fat: 8 g
  Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g
  Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 123 mg
Sodium: 963 mg
Potassium: 171 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 55 g
  Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  Sugars: 16 g
Protein: 8 g
Vitamin A: 11%
Vitamin C: 4%
Calcium: 3%
Iron: 9%
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