When I went to the store yesterday, corn on the cob was on sale for 6 for $1.00. Since I am all about a good deal, I bought 6 corn on the cobb as I wandered around the store trying about what to cook for dinner. Before going shopping, I contemplated making Oil-Free Baked Potato Vegetable Pancakes, so I thought why not make baked corn fritters.
Traditionally, corn fritters are fried, which isn’t an option in my house. But, I wanted to make sure my corn fritters were crispy and crunchy outside and soft on the inside.
So, off to the kitchen, I create a delicious corn fritter recipe without oil. And, to my surprise, my vegan corn fritters were the best oil-free corn fritters I have ever eaten.
OPTIONS FOR THE TYPE OF CORN TO USE FOR CORN FRITTERS
Even though I found corn on the cob on the west coast, I know corn on the cob is not necessarily available throughout the country or in other countries. But
, you can use canned or frozen corn if you cannot get fresh corn on the cob. Also, I chose to grill my fresh corn, canned corn does not need to be cooked, but frozen corn does need to be cooked prior to making the corn fritters.
Regardless of the type of corn you choose, you need a total of 3 cups for this recipe. For example, my 6 cobs of corn yielded 3 cups of corn once cut from the cobs.
Furthermore, I also sauteed the garlic, red bell pepper, and red onion in order to get the combination of deep flavors prior to baking the corn fritters.
HOW TO GRILL CORN ON THE COB
Despite many recipes that call for soaking the fresh corn in water, or cooking the corn inside husks, I don’t think any of that is necessary. In fact, I love grill marks, the taste of charred corn, and the juiciness from cooking directly on the grill.
- Preheat grill to 500 degrees
- Remove corn husks and silks
- Place corn directly on the grill
- Close the grill, but turn the corn every few minutes for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove corn from the grill and allow to cool enough to be able to cut the corn from the cobs
WHAT OTHER INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR CORN FRITTERS?
In order to make baked corn fritters, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups corn
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tablespoons water)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened unflavored plant-based milk (I used Almond milk)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup flour(I used almond four, but you can use any flour)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
HOW TO PREPARE THE CORN FRITTER MIX
Once the corn is grilled and cut from the cobs, saute the garlic, red onion, and red bell pepper until the onion is translucent, then remove from the heat.
Then, make the flax egg by combining flaxseed meal and water, stirring and allowing to sit for several minutes while making preparing the other ingredients.
Next, in a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and stir.
The next step is to add the corn, red bell pepper/red onion, flaxseed egg, and plant milk.
NOW IT’S TIME TO FORM THE CORN FRITTER PATTIES
At this point, I use my Cuisinart Burger Press to form the corn fritters. Since I planned to make a dinner portion, rather than an appetizer corn fritter, I used the larger of the two sized burger press mold.
If you do not have a burger press, you can form the patties with hands by first forming equal sized balls, and pressing them gently, flattening the surface, while forming a circular shape around the sides.
Once the corn fritters are formed, using a baking sheet, lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, lay the corn fritters on the about a half-inch from each other. Then, bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes.
SUGGESTED SAUCES AND SIDES FOR VEGAN CORN FRITTER RECIPE
Even though the corn fritters are fabulous without any type of sauce, I love sauces! So, I suggest you use your favorite hot sauce, Skinny Girl Vegan Sour Cream, or Yum Yum Sauce. And, I also served my corn fritter on top of quinoa with a side of grilled asparagus. Not only are corn fritters fabulous for dinner, but you can reheat them quickly for lunch the next day.
IF YOU LOVE THIS CORN FRITTER RECIPE, YOU MAY ENJOY THESE RECIPES TOO:
- Oil-Free Baked Potato Vegetable Pancakes with Steamed Kale
- Vegan Jambalaya Recipe Quick, Easy and Spicy
- Beet Burger
- Vegan Mushroom and Spinach Strudel
- Vegetable Strudel
- Vegetable Frittata
- Vegan Kale and Potato Frittata
- Mediterranean Vegan Quiche