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Crispy Corn Cakes

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 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. 

Crispy Corn Cakes

This corn cakes recipe is customizable, as is any recipe, but 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! 
  • 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

I think these Crispy Corn Cakes would make a great side dish for:

Crispy Corn Cakes

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

Crispy Corn Cakes

Crispy Corn Cakes

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes


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


  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. 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.


Garnish with ranch, sour cream, chives

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Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Any ideas on how to sub the flower to make these gluten-free? Thanks!

Michelle Goth

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Hi Matia! Yes! I would try equal parts corn meal and Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Flour as the substitute for regular flour!


Thursday 4th of August 2022

How many does it make?

Dorothy McLaughlin

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Have you ever tried baking these in oven or air fryer? I try to stay away from pan fried foods. They sound delicious.

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Hi Dorothy! These would absolutely work in the air fryer! I would try them at 390 for 6-7 minutes and keep a close eye on them! :)


Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Looks amazing, I want to make these for Mother's Day. Can I use fresh corn or is it better to use canned or frozen? tysm

Abigail Raines

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I love that this tasty recipe takes only a few minutes to make! Love the spicy kick added, too!

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