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Easy Corn and Bacon Fritters

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

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If you don’t think sweet corn and bacon fritters sound irresistible, you’re a tough egg to crack!

Seriously….it’s hard to say no to anything with bacon. My four year old can’t get enough of it. I feel like I”m adding it to every single Butcher Box because we go through it that quick.

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

We also love adding bacon to this chorizo egg bake, or using it in place of turkey sausage in this healthy turkey sausage casserole.

diced bacon on light cutting board

I came up with these bacon and corn fritters because we use a lot of canned corn in our house. The sweetness of corn is a hit with my kids, as I’m sure it is with most kids.

Because of their love for this summer veggie, 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 will say these corn fritters are special in their own way.

Why You’ll Love Corn and Bacon Fritters

  • Quick weeknight meal – Perhaps my favorite quality about these corn bacon fritters is the minimal cook time. They are ready in 20 minutes, which makes them a great Wednesday night dinner, or any weeknight for that matter.
  • One Bowl and One pan – No need to dirty up several bowls for this easy recipe!
  • Combines ingredients kids love – My kids love corn and bacon, so this is a homerun for them. Most kids love crunchy, salty bacon, paired with some sweet corn.
  • Great for dipping – We all know that kids love dips, so serve these alongside any dips. We like ketchup, sour cream or greek yogurt.
corn fritters with bacon on cast iron skillet

What You Need for Corn Fritters with Bacon

Here’s what you need.

  • bacon – Butcher Box has some high quality bacon, we love it!
  • corn – canned, fresh or frozen corn all work
  • flour
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • milk
  • eggs
  • cheddar cheese
  • butter
  • savory spices – italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, s+p – I love a savory fritter recipe.
individual bowls of ingredients to make bacon corn fritters on countertop

Ingredient Swaps

  • 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!
  • If you’re not a bacon fan, or you want it to be a more plant-based fritter, you can use turkey or soy bacon, in place.
  • While I’ve made a savory version, you can also make a sweet corn fritter version. Use sweet corn for sweetcorn and bacon fritters!

HOT TIP

Buy frozen pre-diced onions and peppers to save the time dicing!


How to Make Bacon Corn Fritters

To make these tasty corn fritters with cheese, start by cooking your bacon. 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. Any form of simple meal prep helps!

bacon cooking on cast iron skillet

While the bacon is cooking, drain your corn and dice your peppers/onions. Or, for a shortcut, use frozen pre-diced onions and peppers.

Add your dry ingredients to a bowl. Then, add in the corn, diced pepper and onion, milk, eggs, cheese and lemon juice.

Remember, we’re only dirtying up one bowl with these cheesy corn fritters – don’t work harder than you need to!

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 to the bowl.

Measure with your heart – more or less is fine, per your personal preference.

mixing bowl with ingredients for corn fritter with bacon bits

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 cheesy.

That’s hands down what makes these the best corn fritters ever!!

We’ve managed to keep them soft and melty-cheesy inside, and crispy and firm on the outside.

bacon corn fritters cooking on cast iron skillet

What to Serve with Cheesy Corn Fritters

I love to top my bacon corn fritters with green onions and avocados.

You can also opt to serve them with sour cream, greek yogurt, tartar, mayo or any sauce you’d like, similar to these zucchini sweetpotato fritters.

The great thing is that you can dress them up or dress them down casually, aka pair with a variety of different things.

Here are some sides we love to serve with ours.

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

FAQ and Tips

How to store corn fritters with bacon

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven for a crispy finish. Otherwise, you can reheat in the microwave.

Can you freeze corn and bacon fritters?

Yes! After cooking, let them cool completely and then keep them in a freezer safe bag, stasher bag or container for up to 3 months. I like to make a few batches at once and then freeze them in groups of 4, so I don’t have to thaw them all at once.

Can I substitute turkey bacon?

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

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Corn and Bacon Fritters

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

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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.

Notes

To save yourself time, you can opt for pre-diced onions and peppers.

If using frozen corn, make sure to soak up any excess liquid from the thawing process.

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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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