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Cornmeal Fritters

Updated on April 29, 2015
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Hot Water Corn Meal Fritters

Hot water Corn Meal Fritters
Hot water Corn Meal Fritters | Source

Hot Water Corn Meal Fritters

These little fritters are a treat that can be eaten as a side dish or dropped into your bowl of stew or soup. Preparation is simple and quick and something different and very enjoyable. A perfect match for these fritters would be any type of cooked greens, such as collards, kale or a veggie of your choice.

If you like bean soups these fritters will be a perfect match. The fritters are best served with a dish that has a sauce or broth. When serving Chili these fritters make your dish a all time winner.

You can use white or yellow corn meal. Once you add the hot water you should start to fry your fritters. If it is cold it will be too stiff to handle. Be careful not to put in too much water or make the dough too loose. Your oil should be set at 350 degrees before putting your fritters into the oil.

Hot water corn meal fritters were originally served by the old timers when they had a harvest of collard greens or kale. They would prepare a large pot of greens seasoned with some type of meat and served the fritters on the side which everyone put right onto their plates to soak up all the savory juices or "pot licker".

Serve fritters on a separate dish for everyone to help themselves.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp ground rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup (more if needed) corn or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  1. Blend dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. pour just enough hot water, a little at a time to make a stiff dough.
  3. Form fritters and pan fry or deep fry until golden browm
Corn meal with water added
Corn meal with water added | Source
Fritters ready for frying
Fritters ready for frying | Source
Ready to serve fritters
Ready to serve fritters | Source


  • Make sure your oil is hot.
  • You can also spoon out corn meal dough into hot oil.
  • Leave space between each fritter.
  • You can add chopped onions and peppers to corn meal batter.
  • Keep fritters warm until ready to serve.
  • Approximately 20 min. needed to cook fritters and lightly brown.
  • Cook one batch at a time.

Betty's Corn Meal Fritters

Differences in fried corn meal fritters

There are many versions of fried corn meal fritters. Depending on the texture you prefer and what you will be serving your fritters with makes it easy to choose what meal they match.

The original recipe renders a crispy fritter which can also be flattened out before frying. and is soft inside but not moist which is great served with soups or stews. A plus with the old fashioned fritters is you don't have to worry about added calories.

Have you ever tried fried Corn Meal Fritters?

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    • twig22bend profile image

      twig22bend 4 years ago

      Thank you for sending the Angels my way. Enjoy your soup and cornmeal fritters. Have a lovely day.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi these sound yummy. I am a huge fan of all things cornmeal. I will be giving these a try soon. Soup and these can only be a good thing.

      Thanks for sharing

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      Hi there sgbrown, Thank you for commenting and the vote up. I would be delighted if you shared. The fixings that you will be serving with your fritters sounds delicious. Tips: Not too much water and the oil must stay hot, at least 375 degrees throughout the frying. Enjoy and have a beautiful weekend.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have tried to make corn fritters before and they just didn't come out right. I am very happy to find your recipe here! I would love to have fritters with fried fish, a big pot of red beans or mustard greens. I am definitely trying this very soon! Voting this up, useful and sharing! I would also like to share this on my "Around the World with Recipes" blog, if that is ok with you! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      twig22bend 5 years ago

      Thanks for the visit, comment and vote. If you prefer you can flatten them out a bit, before frying.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love yr cornmeal fritter photo. Look like nuggets. I sure will try o cook them this weekend. Voted useful