Summer is the season to enjoy sweet, juicy, fresh corn. the most common way to enjoy this summer treat is boiled or barbequed straight off the cob with a large dollop of butter but if you are prepared to put in a little more effort, you can create a truly scrumptious delight by using the sweet corn kernels as the base for a corn fritter.
Makes 4 serves
2 cups corn kernels
400 grams raw prawn flesh (cut into small pieces)
2 spring onions (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 chilli (chopped finely)
1 cup plain flour
½ cup fresh herbs – coriander, basil, parsley (chopped finely)
2 to 3 eggs
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine or fish sauce
salt and pepper
oil for frying
You can vary this recipe as you see fit. Remove the prawns and have plain corn fritters. Substitute crab, scallops or squid for different versions or even substitute a blend of seafood ingredients. Do not be afraid to experiment.
Although you can use frozen or tinned corn for this recipe, I find the fritters always taste better using fresh corn kernels. To remove the kernels from a corn cob, simply slide a sharp knife along the cobs length, cutting the kernels away in sheets.
1. Place all the ingredients (minus oil) in a large bowl (adding 2 eggs at first) and mix together until all the flour is incorporated. If there is still visible flour add the 3 egg and combine fully. All the flour should now be incorporated if not use a little milk to disperse the final bits of flour.
2. Place oil into a heavy based pan (approximately 1 cm deep) and heat to a moderate to high heat.
3. Once oil is hot, using a tablespoon place heaped dollops of the mixture into the oil (do not over-crowd the pan) and allow the fritter to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
The fritters are cooked when they are lightly golden on both sides.
4. Remove cooked fritter to some absorbent paper and cook remaining mixture.
5. Serve with a garden salad and enjoy a light but refreshing summer meal.
Tip – Be careful whilst cooking these fritters, if the oil is too hot the corn kernels may pop an splutter causing hot oil to spit all over the place.