Crunchy Coconut Corn Fritters

By • August 11, 2010 • 36 Comments

204 Save


Author Notes: The combination of corn and coconut is something that will always remind me of childhood. One of my favorite East African dishes growing up is one called makai paka. It’s basically sweet corn on the cob simmered in a creamy, coconut-based broth with turmeric, garlic, green chilies, and cilantro. The fun was in eating the corncobs; you could suck out the spicy coconut curry absorbed into the cobs, making ridiculous slurping noises. Not something I can quite get away with these days…
I wanted to see the combo in a more familiar form, something easy to eat or serve as a snack to guests. With all of the beautiful summer corn, it’s also a great way to use up any leftovers you might have sitting around. These come out surprisingly light, not overpoweringly coconut heavy, and have a sweet and savoury quality to them. The fritters work really well with a cilantro aioli or even a spicy ketchup dipping sauce. Enjoy! - aliyaleekong
aliyaleekong

Food52 Review: “Wow, these are so pretty!” was the immediate response from the discerning friends doubling as my tasters for this recipe. Then they went silent as they devoured every one of these flavor-bursting fritters. The fritters are light inside but crunchy and fried for that fatty curbside appeal. The chiles offer a good bite, while the coconut undertones sooth. – cheese1227A&M

Serves 2 dozen fritters

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • a few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsps butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1 cup frozen, grated unsweetened coconut, thawed
  • ¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp green chilies, finely minced (optional)
  • salt
  1. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cayenne. In another bowl, beat together egg, coconut milk, hot sauce, and butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until it comes together. Don’t overmix. Fold in remaining ingredients.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, dutch oven, or deepfryer, heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil to 325? F. Carefully, drop spoonfuls of the batter and cook until golden brown, working in batches. Remove to a towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  3. A few things: (1) don’t overcrowd because it will bring the oil temperature too far down, and (2) be careful – it splatters when cooking.
  4. Serve warm with a dipping sauce of your choice…a cilantro aioli would work well here or even a spicy ketchup.
Jump to Comments (36)

Tags: appetizer, coconut, corn, snack

Comments (36) Questions (1)

Default-small
Default-small
Default-small

almost 4 years ago LAF

Have you tried making these ahead, freezing them and reheating in a hot oven?

About

almost 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Hi, LAF. I have not tried to do that, but would love the feedback if you do! I'm always weary with fried foods, texture and do-ahead, so I mostly leave it for a la minute...

Default-small

almost 4 years ago panda

Thanks!

Default-small

almost 4 years ago panda

They look amazing, can't wait to try! If I were to make for a large party, do you suggest frying ahead of time and heating in oven?? Or frying during party?

About

almost 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks, panda! I think frying during the party, though inconvenient, would yield the best results. If you must, you could fry them right before and keep them in a 200F oven on a wire rack on a baking sheet. If you put them directly on the sheet or cover them, you run the risk of them going a bit soggy. Hope this helps!

Christine-28_small(1)

almost 4 years ago cheese1227

I've made these twice during parties -- once at one of my own and another at one I was catering. People love to watch. But just a warning -- sometimes one of the corn kernels may pop and then grease spatters widely.

About

almost 4 years ago aliyaleekong

True! Frying at a high temp with corn can be dangerous, so do be careful!

Christine-28_small(1)

about 4 years ago cheese1227

Everyone at the table loved these! Served them with a cilantro and lime aoili. Great recipe.

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Great! That sounds like such a delicious combination :). So happy you made them.

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

about 4 years ago dymnyno

I just made these and they are not only delicious but they taste great too!. I served them plain and they were a hit. The flavors of the fritters by themselves have a lot going on and don't need anything except a little sea salt.

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Fantastic! I'm so happy they worked out for you.

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

about 4 years ago dymnyno

I meant to say that they not only LOOK delicious but they taste great too! I just did a lunch for the owners of the Auberge hotels (Calistoga Ranch, Esperanza, Rancho Valencia, Auberge de Soleil, etc ) and they loved them...ate them all!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

That is amazing! I LOVE the Auberge resorts - stayed at Auberge de Soleil last time I was in Napa. I'm glad they got to enjoy them! Thanks, dymnyno, for the feedback.

Bmp_9375

about 4 years ago Sunchowder

I have saved this one too, it looks delightful!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks, Sunchowder!

Green_apple_card

about 4 years ago TasteFood

What a great recipe - I love the combination of ingredients with the surprise of coconut.

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

I'm so glad! it was such a common combination for me as a child, I sometime forget that it can be "surprising". :)

Dsc_0675-x2a

about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Too tempting!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks, Sagegreen! You know i'm a fan of your recipes :).

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

about 4 years ago lapadia

Beautiful recipe!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks, lapadia!

Me-and-had-1

about 4 years ago littleclove

Oh my. These sound heavenly! And they way you described that corn on the cob? I have to make that, too! LOVE IT!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

LOL...i am a true mess with corn even now as an adult! Glad you like the recipe :).

Default-small

about 4 years ago Savorykitchen

Can't wait to make these! I'm a little afraid of how quickly I'll eat them.

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

They do go quickly. My husband inhaled like 5 of these when he got home the night I made them...don't leave them sitting out is the moral of the story...:)

Newliztoqueicon-2

about 4 years ago Lizthechef

How come no-one has given this the "thumbs up" yet - here goes.

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Very sweet of you, Lizthechef!

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

about 4 years ago dymnyno

thanks, I forgot! My thumb is up!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Wow, thanks! Who would have guessed...i definitely have to submit now! :)

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

about 4 years ago dymnyno

You must be a psychic to know the theme was going to be corn...this is a perfect recipe!

Newliztoqueicon-2

about 4 years ago Lizthechef

I agree!

Dsc_0675-x2a

about 4 years ago Sagegreen

These look dangerously delicious!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks! i warn you they are addictive...

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

about 4 years ago dymnyno

Saved and printed...this really sounds delicious!

About

about 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Thanks! It is a favorite of mine :).

Lobster_001

about 4 years ago nannydeb

Sounds like a tasty combination!