This recipe for Vegan Corn & Scallion Fritters is quick and easy, and uses budget-friendly ingredients. The prep time is minimal, and all the ingredients are readily available.
These fritters turn out perfect every time. It's also a family favorite. This recipe is a good one to keep in your arsenal for a quick and healthy snack or a dinner side. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.
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🥣 Why This Fritter Recipe Is Fabulous
- The ingredients are inexpensive and readily available.
- These fritters are ready in 15 minutes or less, from start to finish.
- The recipe is versatile. Substitute the bell pepper for chopped carrots, chopped steamed broccoli florets, or other firm vegetables. Just make sure to stick to the measurements.
- For a healthier version, pan-fry in minimal oil and then bake the fritters at 400°F for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Kids love these fritters.
📖 How to Make This Recipe
Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the nondairy milk and mix until a smooth batter forms.
Add the remaining ingredients to the batter and mix until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Pan fry the fritters in a large skillet until golden and crispy on both sides. Serve with sriracha mayonnaise, vegan sour cream, or a dip of your choice.
👩🏼🌾 Ingredients & Nutrition
Sweet corn is number two on the Environmental Working Group's 2021 Clean Fifteen list for produce lowest in pesticides.
Though corn gets a bad rap for being genetically modified, only a very small percentage is genetically modified (GMO), and most GMO corn is used in processed foods like corn chips, breakfast cereals, high-fructose corn syrup and corn oil, or turned into livestock feed and ethanol. If this is still a concern, buy USDA-certified organic corn. Organic frozen sweet corn is easy to find, and used in this recipe.
There are many myths surrounding sweet corn. It's often blamed for weight gain, or thought of as a high sugar food with zero health benefits.
However, without butter and other calorie-loaded toppings, one plain ear of corn has only about 100 calories. And with nearly 3 grams of fiber per serving, corn can help you feel full longer, so you're less likely to overeat. It also has resistant starch, a slow-to-digest type of carbohydrate that's been shown to help with weight control.
Sweet corn is not lacking in nutrients. It's a good source of zeaxanthin and leutin. These two carotenoids are essential for eye health, and may protect the eye from blue light oxidative damage. They are what give sweet corn its yellow color.
The sugar content of sweet corn is not something to be concerned about. An ear of corn has about one-third the sugar of an apple!
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Vegan Corn & Scallion Fritters
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon chipotle
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened nondairy milk
- 2 cups corn (frozen) thawed
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- ¾ cups chopped scallions green and white parts
- Neutral flavored cooking oil for pan frying
- Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, baking powder, paprika, chipotle, salt, and black pepper.
- Wet ingredients: Add the milk and mix until a smooth batter forms. The batter should be quite thick.
- Add Vegetables: Add the corn, bell pepper, and scallions. Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Heat Oil & Add Batter: Add oil to cover the base of a large non-stick skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Fill a ¼ cup measuring cup about ¾ the way with batter. Once the oil is shimmering, add the batter to the skillet and use the base of the cup to smooth out the top. Repeat for the remaining batter. You may have to cook them in batches so as not to overcrowd the skillet.
- Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Reduce the heat if the oil starts to smoke.
- Cool: Transfer to a cooling rack.
- These fritters can be frozen for later use. Thaw and reheat for serving.
- Reheat in a toaster oven or conventional oven at 400°F for about 15 minutes, or until warmed through, flipping half way.
This information is provided as a courtesy and is an ESTIMATE only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.