Fried Corn Nuggets


This is a terrific sweet corn nugget recipe that can be fried or baked. Very simple to make and less messy than other nugget recipes. Great side item! Enjoy!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
75 nuggets


  • 2 pounds frozen white shoepeg corn, thawed and drained

  • 4 cups yellow cornmeal, or more as needed

  • 1 ½ cups enriched flour, or more as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • oil for frying


  1. Mix corn, cornmeal, flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl until it forms a paste. If the mixture is runny, add equal amounts of flour and cornmeal to reach a paste-like consistency.

  2. Cover a sheet of waxed paper with a light dusting of flour. Place a tablespoon of the corn mixture on the waxed paper and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more flour to the wax paper as needed.

  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Place batches of nuggets into the hot oil and fry until golden, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Cook's Note:

For baking: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Bake nuggets until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. You must flip after 5 minutes to achieve even baking on each side.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

78 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 75
Calories 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 39mg 1%

* 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.

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