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Crispy and a touch spicy, these Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Fritters with Chipotle Aioli make for the best simple summer appetizer. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a batch of golden crisp corn fritters seasoned with jalapeño, garlic, and chive. Serve these fun summer bites with creamy chipotle honey aioli to balance out the heat. The best, slightly addicting, summer appetizer that will be equally great for upcoming fall game days.
I’ve had these corn fritters on my list of recipes to make all summer long. But I wanted to wait until the corn was finally sweet enough to really be delicious. Not sure about you all, but around here our corn, tomatoes, and peaches have finally come in and they are perfectly sweet and ripe. I’m so glad I waited to make these until the corn was just right, because oh my gosh, you guys?
These are some of the best corn fritters. Think crispy, spicy, a little bit cheesy, and um, well, corny? Yes, that’s cheesy to say, but not really sure there’s a better way to put it, so I’m sticking with corny.
And then there’s that aioli? It adds that creamy touch that’s very much needed to balance out the heat from the jalapeños.
Definitely not your average corn fritters, but they sure are delicious. And fun….and only just a little bit addicting too.
I couldn’t really tell you exactly when I had this idea, or how it came to be. But when creating this recipe I actually turned to an older recipe I shared way back in the day. If you’ve been reading HBH for a while, you might remember these chipotle cheddar burgers? I made them as a game day burger for the upcoming fall football season back in August of 2014. So six years ago…pretty close to the day.
Still can’t believe we’ve been working on HBH for so many years now. This October will be our eighth year working full time on HBH…craziness.
It’s so fun to look back at those old blog posts and see how far we’ve come. Six years ago I would have never imagined we’d be doing all that we’re doing today. Cookbooks, collaborations, and even cooking live on GMA. And more coming soon that I can’t wait to share. Anyway, seeing the growth excites me!!
Plus those burgers? I had completely forgotten about them. How did I even think those up? The photos are not my best, but they sound delicious. I really should remake them again…soon.
Have you ever made corn fritters? There are a few ways to do so, but I went the more southern route and fried my fritters. I don’t normally love frying, but this time, I think it was a good idea.
Again. These. Are. So. Good.
And incredibly easy too. Essentially a corn fitter is just fried pancake batter with corn in the mix. They’re light and airy on the inside and crispy on the outside. These fritters, however, have a few additional flavors.
Enter the jalapeños, garlic, and cheddar. Just my three favorite foods to pair with sweet summer corn. Mix up the batter, flour, baking powder, garlic, and cheddar. Then add some milk, stir in plenty of corn, jalapeños, and chives.
Heat just a bit of oil, and fry um up. Then drain and that’s pretty much it. Easy, right?
For the aioli, I made a “cheaters” aioli. I just used my favorite avocado oil mayo, lots of fresh lemons, and a good pinch of chipotle chili powder…for some added smokiness. But the key to this aioli? A little touch of honey. The honey helps to balance the jalapeños in the fritters. It’s the perfect balance of spicy, smoky, and sweet.
Also, I want to note that the lighter colored sauce was just plain mayo with garlic, chives, and lemon. I was thinking about a two dip situation, but honestly, the chipotle aioli is all you need.
Once the fritters have all been cooked, serve immediately with aioli.
Oh. So. Very. Good!
This is very cheesy of me to say, but these fritters are a real summer treat and should be enjoyed properly. With double the aioli, your favorite drink in hand, and ideally on the porch while watching the sunset with friends…or family…or both…everyone loves corn fritters!
Everyone. So, on that note, maybe double the recipe. Yep, that would be smart.
Looking for other summer corn recipes? Try these:
Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder
Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas
Grilled Street Corn Salad with Avocado “Mayo”
Lastly, if you make these jalapeño cheddar corn fritters with chipotle aioli., be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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These were so, so good!
I didn’t have cheddar, so subbed in some cream cheese cut into little pieces. Will be making again for sure!!)
Thanks so much Stef!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear the fritters were a hit! xT
Another fun and delicious recipe! Will add them to side dish of ribs as they are the perfect accompaniment!
Perfect!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for trying it out! xx
Delicious! I didn’t have fresh jalapeños so I subbed hot and sweet jalapeños from Trader Joe’s. Also subbed buttermilk for milk. I was a bit worried the batter was too thick but after a few min it thinned out a bit. Everything was sooo good. I also madevthe dipping sauce with 1/2 mayo and 1/2 greek yogurt added the adobo sauce from canned chipotles.
Happy Sunday!!🎃 I truly appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed!
Made these last night for the first time. Tonight I’m doing double the batch! Can’t get my hands on jalapenos at the moment so used ones in the jar. Bloody delicious and the aioli. Cheers.
Happy Sunday! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
I have made this twice this week! Fresh corn is abundant right now and this recipe is soooo good! Thanks for the recipe.
Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was tasty, thanks a lot for making it! xxT
These are absolutely delicious… actually so are this years in wontons.
Can they be made in air fryer? If so, any suggestions/hints?
I’m making a B’day for friends and making Mr. Keller’s fried chicken … I know a lot of “fried” but won’t be able to fry both stove top at the same time!
So glad you have enjoyed this recipe!! Sorry, this batter won’t work in the air fryer! Let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Can you use canned corn?
Sure, that would be just fine for you to do! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
I just made these the other day. Don’t be scared by the jalapeño. My husband is not a big fan of spice, but it was not the least bit spicy. I will use 2 next time. I would also add additional salt, but you can also do it after. This was my first time frying anything, but it was easy. I put the cold oil in a plastic container that was being discarded. Highly recommend this recipe if you have been craving fritters like I was!
Awesome!! So glad to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! xT
When you fry things in 1-2 inches of oil, how do you prevent the oil from bubbling and splashing around everywhere? I always end up getting burned 🙁
And how do you dispose of the used oil? It’s horrible for your sink if you just put it down the drain. Only time I deep fried anything I put it in containers to put in the trash, but it just seems so wasteful and complicated.
I would love to make this type of thing, because it looks so good! But the logistics are a nightmare for me.
Unfortunately, that is one of the downfalls with frying, you just have to be super careful. I usually save a can either from a sparkling water or a beer can to pour the oil into and dispose of it like that. If it seems overwhelming for you, I would skip the recipe:) No need to stress when making something, that takes the fun out of it! xTieghan
Search Amazon for an “oil strainer and storage.” This lets your use the oil several times before you have to throw it away. When you do throw it away, let it cool then use several absorb any paper towels to soak up the oil and put them in a used plastic bag.
I keep old pickle jars for disposing of used oil. I pour the excess oil into the jar and toss it.
I’ve made these twice and they are fantastic! Can use as an appetizer or over a bed of greens for an entree. Fresh corn is a must, IMO. Totally delicious!
Thanks for your comment! So glad to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for giving it a go! ?xTieghan
I very much enjoyed this recipe. I realized as I was shredding my cheese I had closer to a cup – ooooops. After all, I am from Wisconsin. Batter was thick. Added an additional 1/2 of egg. Used buttermilk instead of milk and added a bit more to get batter thinner. I did too big of fritters, but still turned out great. Had no chives or garlic so went with garlic and onion powders. Added a bit of sugar as one review suggested. Did 1.5 jalapenos, next time would do more.
SERVE AS MADE. They cool down quickly but are delicious fresh out the fryer 🙂
Thanks so much for your comment! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
Coukd these be made then frozen? Then reheated in an airfryer perhaps?
Sure, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work for you! I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan
Can I use frozen corn? If so, does it need to be thawed?
Yes, I would thaw the frozen corn, but that will work well for you! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it!! xTieghan
Bonjour est-ce que je pourrais avoir la recette en français merci cordialement