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Mexican Street Corn Fritters

The Foodie Physician
A twist on Mexican street corn, these wholesome, nutritious corn fritters are the perfect snack any time of the day!
4.07 from 31 votes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 -12 (makes 32 fritters)
Calories 136 kcal



  • 4 ears fresh corn (about 2 ½ cups corn kernels)
  • 1/3 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup flour (I use white whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sliced chives or scallions
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice, divided use
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco, divided use
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Cilantro Lime Yogurt:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Optional garnishes: sliced chives or scallions, chopped cilantro


  • Heat a grill pan over medium high heat and spray with olive oil. Grill the corn, turning occasionally, until cooked and charred in some places, 8-10 minutes. Remove from grill and cool. Cut the kernels from the cobs (you should have about 2 ½ cups). Reserve.
  • Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the egg and milk together in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in the chives, 2 cups of corn, 2 teaspoons lime juice and ¾ cup queso fresco. Mix the remaining ½ cup corn, ¼ cup queso fresco, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl to use as the topping.
  • Heat a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat and spray or brush with about 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Place 8 spoonfuls of the batter into the pan, about 1 tablespoon each, flattening them slightly. Cook 3-4 minutes until golden brown, then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet. Working in batches, heat the remaining oil and cook the remaining fritters (you should have about 32 fritters in total).
  • To make the cilantro lime yogurt, stir the yogurt, lime juice and cilantro together in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle some cilantro lime yogurt on top of the fritters. Place a small amount of the corn and cheese topping on top of each one and garnish with extra chives and cilantro.


If fresh corn isn't available, you can buy roasted corn in the freezer section of your grocery store. 


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg
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