These Crispy Corn Cakes are made with simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes. These Crispy Corn Cakes are made with simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes! Add cheese, bacon and diced jalapeno for extra flavor.

Summer is on the way and that means that fresh sweet corn will make it’s reappearance! We’ve made a few efforts of buying fresh corn in the store this spring, and it’s still too early. It’s just not good, yet! Luckily, while I’m waiting for summer sweet corn to arrive, I can use canned corn to put together these Crispy Corn Cakes! 

Crispy Corn Cakes Ingredients

Whipping up these corn cakes is super easy to do. Frying them can be a little tricky, mostly because they are prone to falling apart before you achieve crispiness on one side. When you first put them in the pan, it’s very important to have sizzling hot oil, so that the cake will quickly brown. 

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Crispy Corn Cakes

Corn Cake Ingredient Substitution Ideas

This corn cakes recipe is customizable, as is any recipe. I think it’s always best to use up the ingredients you have on hand!

I’ve put together some suggestions below!

  • Omit the jalapeno peppers if they are too spicy. Consider adding a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes instead. Or, dice up about one quarter of a red bell pepper and add in place of the jalapeno. It’s delicious! 
  • Switch up the cheese! Cheddar is what I call for and it’s excellent, as is colby jack. Consider a blend of mozzarella and parmesan. I would NOT recommend doing 100% Parmesan, since it’s a harder cheese, but it tastes great sprinkled on the top with some freshly diced green onions.
  • Feel free to omit the bacon if you’re avoiding meat. 
  • I love to top these with fresh green onions/chives. They are also great added to the batter!
Crispy Corn Cakes

Serving Suggestions

Serve this easy Corn Cakes recipe as a side dish with Brown Sugar Smoked Salmon, Smoked Chicken Quarters or Cavatappi Mac and Cheese!

Crispy Corn Cakes

A good non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet is essential for this recipe. This one is my go-to! 

How to make Corn Fritters - Easy Corn Cakes Recipe

Crispy Corn Cakes with Bacon and Jalapenos

Yield: Makes 8-10 cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

These Crispy Corn Cakes are made with simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes! Add cheese, bacon and diced jalapeno for extra flavor. I love to top with sour cream or ranch dressing and fresh chives.

Although I normally make this as a side dish, it'd be a great appetizer, too! Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 15 ounces corn (drained)
  • ¼ cup bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, diced
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder. Once combined, add flour and whisk into wet mixture until incorporated. Crispy Corn Cakes Ingredients
  2. Add corn, shredded cheese, bacon and jalapeno and gently fold into the mixture. Crispy Corn Cakes
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
  4. Once the oil starts to sizzle, add scoops of the corn mixture using ice cream scoop or large spoon.
  5. Once in the pan, flatten the dollops out slightly, pressing very gently, careful not to break them apart. Corn Cakes
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the first side has browned, then flip and cook on the other side until browned.
  7. Once browned, remove the cakes on a paper towel lined plate to drain before serving.

Notes

Garnish with ranch dressing, sour cream and/or chives.

You can substitute up to half of the flour with corn meal for a crunchier texture.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 corn cake
Amount Per Serving Calories 185Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 56mgSodium 432mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 7g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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