Surullitos de Maiz (Cornmeal Sticks)


These fried cornmeal sticks are a common appetizer here in Puerto Rico. Although time-consuming, they are well worth the effort. Be sure to eat them immediately. I find that once the corn sticks have gone cold, they are about as tasty as cold French fries.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
50 sticks


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste (Optional)

  • 4 ounces Edam cheese, shredded

  • 2 cups oil for deep frying

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  1. Combine water and salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in cornmeal and sugar. Return to medium heat; cook stirring constantly until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and stir in Edam cheese until well blended.

  2. Roll tablespoonfuls of cornmeal mixture into balls. Then roll balls into small fat sticks about 3 inches long. In a medium bowl, mix ketchup and mayonnaise to make a dipping sauce. Set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Carefully place some cornmeal sticks into hot oil so they are not crowded. Fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

361 Calories
26g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 795mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 148mg 3%

* 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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