These Vegan Corn Fritters are packed with fresh corn, onion, and savory seasonings. They’re easy to pan fry and taste their best when dipped in the homemade garlic aioli. No eggs or cornmeal needed!
Bring your snacking game up a notch with these Vegan Corn Fritters. They’re crispy pan fried cakes that feature savory flavors from canned corn, grated onions, curry powder, and cilantro. There’s no need for eggs, dairy, cornmeal, or other complicated ingredients
The corn fritter batter comes together in about 5 minutes in just one bowl. Forget about the deep fryer or excess oil, too. Pan frying the fritters in a thin layer of oil prevents any greasy mess and leaves you feeling light.
When it’s all said and done, this is a quick 15-minute recipe you can whip up for backyard parties, potlucks, or a fun snack at home. Don’t forget the vegan garlic aioli sauce for dipping! It’s a savory and creamy delight that takes these corn fritters from excellent to sensational.
Ingredients and substitutions
This vegan corn fritter recipe is enhanced with simple spices, canned corn, and green chilies. While the recipe is eggless, there’s a secret ingredient that binds the fritters together while contributing to the tender texture.
Here’s what you need:
- Flour - I made this recipe with all purpose flour but a gluten free all purpose flour should work just as well. Have not tested with chickpea flour.
- Liquid JUST Egg - This egg replacer will bind each fritter together, add a distinctly rich, eggy flavor, and help them turn out tender. If you don’t have JUST Egg, replace it with 2 flax eggs instead.
- Canned corn - Drain and rinse the corn first. Canned corn is an easy and convenient solution but when summer rolls around, feel free to use fresh corn on the cob instead.
- Curry powder - This warm spice adds a dynamic flavor and contributes to the yellow color.
- Vegetables and herbs - Yellow onion, green onions, canned green chilies, and fresh cilantro fill the fritters with savory and well-balanced flavors. Feel free to add diced pickled jalapenos for a touch of spice.
- Garlic aioli - Vegan aioli is a creamy and garlicky dip or spread made from vegan mayo, citrus juice, fresh garlic, and a handful of herbs and spices. Not only is aioli a wonderful dip for fritters, but it’s also the perfect spread for vegan burgers and vegetable wraps, and a craveable french fry dip.
How to make vegan corn fritters
These fritters are easy to assemble and pan fry in just 4 simple steps:
- Make the batter: Whisk the flour, curry powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the dairy free milk and JUST Egg. Whisk until smooth. Finish by folding in the rest of the ingredients.
- Fry the fritters: Heat the oil in a skillet or on a griddle until hot. Pour about ¼ cup worth of batter into the pan and cook until the bottom turns golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side. When they’re done, transfer the fritters to a paper towel-lined plate and add a pinch of salt on top.
- Make the aioli: Whisk the aioli ingredients together in a small bowl while you wait for the fritters to fry.
- Serve and enjoy: Place the fritters on a serving platter with the aioli on the side. Garnish with fresh cilantro or chives, then serve. For full ingredients and instructions see printable recipe card below.
Tips for making corn fritters
- Watch the fritters carefully and make sure they’ve finished cooking in the middle before flipping. If they aren’t cooked long enough, they won’t be crisp and will turn out gummy in the center.
- Seasoning the fritters with salt AFTER they’re done frying is important for a balanced flavor.
- Feel free to double the vegan aioli recipe. The extras store well in the fridge for about 1 week and can be used as a dip, spread, or salad dressing.
- Instead of garlic aioli, serve the corn fritters with marinara sauce, ketchup, vegan ranch dressing, vegan sour cream, vegan tzatziki or warm tomato sauce.
Frequently asked questions
The fritters can turn out gummy or undercooked if the oil in the skillet isn’t hot enough or when they’re flipped too early. Make sure the heat on the stove is at medium-high and don’t flip the fritters until the bottom is crisp and golden brown.
The fried fritters will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a pan on the stove or in the microwave.
Yes, you can make the fritter batter 1 day ahead of time. Keep it in a covered container in the fridge overnight.
Yes! Freeze the fried fritters in an airtight container or sealed bag for up to 2 months.
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