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Corn and Bacon Fritters

These corn and bacon fritters are too good to put down. Crispy on the outside and cheesy and sweet on the inside, these corn fritters with bacon work great as an appetizer or easy meal.

corn and bacon fritters on white plate topped with avocado and green onions

It’s hard to say no to anything with bacon. My four year old can’t get enough, especially since we like ours crispy.

She asks me to make bacon wrapped sweet potatoes every time we go to a cookout.

By the way, if you love bacon, you can also make this chorizo egg bake with bacon or substitute bacon into this healthy turkey sausage casserole.

diced bacon on light cutting board

We use a lot of canned corn in our house (and I mean a lot since I only buy corn on the cob in the summer months), so I’ve been wanting to make corn and bacon fritters for quite some time.

My aunt used to make a fabulous version of her own that I’ve tried to somewhat recreate. But, I’ll say these corn fritters are special in their own way.

Best of all, they are ready in 20 minutes, which makes them a great Wednesday night dinner, or any weeknight for that matter.

corn fritters with bacon on cast iron skillet

Ingredients

You can add additional veggies if you’d like, or even leave out the onion and bell peppers. As a dietitian, I always like to add in at least one veggie to a recipe when I can but here we have three – corn, onions and peppers!

Here are the key ingredients you need for these delicious corn, bacon and cheese fritters.

  • bacon
  • corn
  • flour
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • milk
  • eggs
  • cheddar cheese
  • butter
  • s + p
  • italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
individual bowls of ingredients to make bacon corn fritters on countertop

How to Make Bacon Corn Fritters

To make these tasty corn bacon fritters, first start by cooking your bacon. You could also substitute turkey or soy bacon, in place.

And let’s be honest, I always make extra bacon while I’m at it.

I love to add crunchy bacon to my turkey sandwiches throughout the week or atop a salad.

bacon cooking on cast iron skillet

While the bacon is cooking, drain your corn. Into a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder.

Then, add in the corn, diced pepper and onion, milk, eggs, cheese and lemon juice.

Mix gently until combined.

Here is where you don’t want to overmix, you want to keep them delicate so they don’t fall together when cooking.

Lastly, add the small bacon bits into the bowl. Measure with your heart – more or less is fine.

Then, over a cast iron skillet with butter or oil, form corn bacon fritter batter into small fritter shapes and cook for 3- 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.

I like the exterior to be slightly firm and crispy, while the interior remains cheezy.

What to Serve with Corn Fritters

I love to top my corn and bacon fritters with green onions and avocados. You can serve with sour cream, greek yogurt, tartar, mayo or any sauce you’d like.

The great thing about these bacon and corn fritters is that you can dress them up or dress them down casually, aka pair with a variety of different things.

holding up bite of bacon and corn fritter dipped in greek yogurt

Here are some sides we love to serve with ours.

FAQ and Tips

How to store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When reheating, if you like them crispy, reheat in the oven or toaster oven. Otherwise, you can reheat in the microwave.

Can you freeze corn and bacon fritters?

Yes! After cooking, let them cool completely and then keep in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

Can I substitute bacon?

Yes, you can use turkey bacon or soy bacon depending on your preferences.

holding up bite of bacon and corn fritter dipped in greek yogurt

Corn and Bacon Fritters

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These bacon and corn fritters are too good to put down. Crispy on the outside and cheesy and sweet on the inside, these corn fritters with bacon work great as an appetizer or easy meal.

Ingredients

  • 5 pieces of bacon, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained well
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Avocado, for topping
  • Green onions, optional for topping

Instructions

  1. Start by adding your bacon to a medium size pan or non stick skillet and cooking, turning over as needed.
  2. While bacon is cooking, drain your corn. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder. Add in corn, bell pepper, onion, milk, eggs, cheese and lemon juice. Mix gently until combined.
  3. Once bacon is done cooking, cut into small bits and add to bowl.
  4. Add oil or butter to cooking pan or skillet, and form batter into small fritter shape (about the size of a cookie scoop or a little more). Cook for 2-4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Top with green onions and avocado slices.
  5. Enjoy! Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 538mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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