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World Dishes: New Zealand Zucchini and Corn FrittersNow that we are all self isolating and have more time than ever to cook, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite recipes from around the world that I love to cook, starting with one from my home country of New Zealand.

In times like these when we can’t travel, one way to keep in touch with our travel roots is to cook dishes from around the world, dishes that we have enjoyed in different countries that we have visited, or from countries that we haven’t yet had a chance to visit but would like to. 

A big part of discovering a culture is by exploring its cuisine, and this is absolutely something that you can begin to do at home, by cooking different dishes.

Corn fritters are a Kiwi classic, a part of our culture, and they are a dish that I have been making for many, many years. In fact, they are one of the first regular dishes that I started cooking for myself when I moved out of home when I was 18.

Usually eaten for brunch in New Zealand, I prefer to have them for dinner with steamed vegetables or salad – it makes for a cheap, quick and easy meal.

Easy zucchini and corn fritters recipe

Over the years I have been making them, I have tweaked my recipe a lot, and they have now morphed into zucchini and corn fritters, or courgette and corn fritters for everyone outside of the U.S.

These sweet corn and zucchini fritters really are super quick and easy to make, and you can even double the ingredients to make a big batch of the fritter batter because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days, I imagine it would freeze well too but I have never tried.

If you don’t like zucchini, then you can leave it out, same with the onion, the spinach and the red or green pepper. It’s a pretty flexible dish. You can even add chopped up bacon or chorizo if you are a meat lover.

So here it is, my easy corn and zucchini fritters recipe!

Corn and zucchini fritters

Katie’s Zucchini and Corn Fritters Recipe


  • 1 410g/15 ounce can whole kernel sweet corn, or two cooked cobs of sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 small red or green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheese (I use mozzarella but you can use any)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • 1 grated courgette/zucchini
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves (optional)

Ingredients for Zucchini and Corn Fritters

Chopped vegetables for Zucchini and Corn Fritters recipe


In a bowl add the eggs and whisk lightly with the salt, black pepper and chopped cilantro to combine.

Add the flour, bit by bit, beating lightly with a whisk till you have a smooth batter with no lumps with a similar consistency to a pancake batter. You may not need to use all the flour to get this consistency, if it is too thick you can add another egg or a small amount of milk or soy milk.

Batter for Zucchini corn fritters

Sauté chopped onions, peppers and courgette in oil or butter for a few minutes. Add baby spinach and crushed garlic and cook till spinach is wilted.

Saute vegetables for zucchini and corn fritters recipe

Frying vegetables for sweet corn and zucchini fritters

Preparing ingredients for easy corn and zucchini fritters

Drain cans of corn or cut off kernels if using corn cobs and add to the batter along with grated cheese and sautéed vegetables. Combine.

Mixing ingredients for corn and zucchini fritters recipe

Ingredients being mixed for zucchini and corn fritters recipe

Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat, add a drizzle of oil or butter. Place around two tablespoons of the corn fritter batter into the pan. Lightly press the batter outwards evenly to form a fritter. You can cook two to three fritters at a time.

Frying zucchini and corn fritters

Let the fritters cook in the oil for about 3-4 minutes, you will see the edges starting to turn golden. Then carefully using a spatula flip the corn and zucchini fritters over to cook the other side.

Flipping sweet corn and zucchini fritters

Once both sides are golden brown then remove from the pan and set on a tray lined with a paper towel to absorb any extra oil.

Serve the fritters warm. 

Zucchini and corn fritters

Some Further Tips:

  • You can serve with salad or steamed vegetables on the side if you are having them for dinner, or with poached eggs and bacon or smoked salmon for breakfast.
  • They also go great with slices of avocado, cherry tomatoes and halloumi cheese, and I love having them with sweet chilli sauce and a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • If you have a non-stick pan, then you should definitely use it, as they have a tendency to stick to the pan because of the cheese.
  • You can make easily make these vegan zucchini and corn fritters by switching the cheese to vegan grated cheese, and using a vegan egg substitute instead of eggs.
  • Zucchini and corn fritters are a great camping meal, or an easy meal to cook if you are housesitting or staying in an airbnb as they don’t take long to prepare and cook, you don’t need many ingredients, and you only need a bowl or a pot to make the batter in.
  • Using a hand whisk works best, but if you don’t have access to one then you can just use a fork, just make sure to get out any flour lumps the best you can.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy corn and zucchini fritters recipe, it’s Kiwi as bro.

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World Dishes: Zucchini and Corn Fritters Recipe

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