Crispy Fresh Corn Fritters with Crab and Chipotle Lime Dressing


Freshly shucked corn stars here, as does the thin, light, crispy batter. You can substitute shrimp or even ceviche for the crab.

Prep Time:
12 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
16 mins
6 servings



  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 1 lime, juiced


  • 1 large egg white

  • ¼ cup ice water

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ cup self-rising flour

  • 2 ears fresh sweet white corn, kernels removed from cob

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 ½ cups flaked fresh Dungeness crab meat

  • 1 fresh lime, cut into wedges


  1. Whisk mayonnaise, chipotle powder, and lime juice together in a mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed for serving.

  2. Whisk egg white, ice water, and salt together in a large mixing bowl until mixture is light and foamy, 1 or 2 minutes. Add cornstarch and flour; whisk together until thoroughly mixed. Batter should resemble a thin pancake batter. Stir in corn.

  3. Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a seasoned cast iron skillet. Spoon about 2 large spoonfuls of batter into oil for each fritter. Do not crowd, cook in batches, if necessary. Fry until browned and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Turn fritters carefully to avoid spattering the oil. Drain on paper-towel-lined plate.

  4. Serve topped with fresh Dungeness crab and drizzle with the chipotle dressing. Serve with a wedge of lime.

Chef's Notes:

You may need to add a little more water if batter seems too thick, or cornstarch/flour if it seems too thin. The batter should be like a thin pancake batter, fairly thin but not watery.

Cook these in a seasoned cast iron skillet. These fritters will stick in a regular stainless steel pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

279 Calories
19g Fat
20g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 447mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 278mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.