Skillet Corn Cakes

TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings or 8 corn cakes
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn off the cob
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing skillet
    • Tomatillo Guacamole, recipe follows
    • Mango Salsa, recipe follows
    • Corn Cake Variations, recipes follow
      • Tomatillo Guacamole
      • 6 to 8 tomatillos, husked and coarsely chopped (about 8 ounces)
      • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
      • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
      • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
      • 1/2 jalapeno, coarsely chopped with seeds
      • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and quartered
      • Juice of 1 lime
      • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • Mango Salsa
      • 1/2 cup diced mango
      • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
      • 2 tablespoons minced onion
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      Directions

      Add 2 cups of the corn to a food processor and puree. Combine the pureed corn with the softened butter, sugar, and salt. Mix well.

      Stir in the masa harina, and flour, and mix until blended. Fold in the remaining corn kernels.

      In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Drop 1/2 cup portions of the batter into the hot skillet forming patties. Cook until the cakes are golden brown on one side, and flip over. Continue cooking until the cakes are cooked through and golden brown on both sides.

      Serve the corn cakes as they are, or adorned with shredded cabbage, tomatillo guacamole, sour cream, and mango salsa.
      To make guacamole:
      Combine the tomatillos, cilantro, avocado, onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined.
      To make salsa:
      Combine the mango, tomatoes, minced onion, cilantro, chile, lime zest, and lime juice in a small bowl. Allow the flavors to macerate. Serve as a garnish for the cumin seared scallop tacos.

      Corn Cake Variations:

      Bacon Corn Cakes: Add 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon to the batter just before cooking.

      Green Chile Corn Cakes: Add 1/4 cup chopped green chiles to the batter just before cooking.

      Cumin-Spiced Corn Cakes: Add 2 teaspoons ground cumin to the batter just before cooking.

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      • on September 20, 2013

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        They were perfect!

        I made this recipe for the second time last night and it was perfect again. I remember the reviews I read when I first found it and am puzzled to see the difficulty other had with it because my uncooked corn cake dough was as moist and perfect last night as the first time. It held together in burger form beautifully.

        I used frozen corn, defrosted it in the microwave, and partially pureed it in the food processor using the plastic dough blade. Also, I used a regular, fine cornmeal. I do not know how that differs from mesa harina but it was all I had in the house.

        I just signed up on this website so that I could leave this review in hopes that it helps someone because I think these corn cakes are fast to make and fabulous. They are now going to be a regular in my culinary repertoire.

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      • on April 24, 2013

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        After putting the first one in to cook I realized something was missing. I read 2-3 net recipes, added an egg, some milk and 1/2 tsp of baking powder and they were great!

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      • on October 24, 2011

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        She's a doll, HOWEVER, not sure I will ever try another recipe...corn cakes were horrible ~ if eggs are needed that is a pretty important ingredient not to forget to include in the recipe. They would not hold together and the batter was far too sweet..what a waste of time and money to wind up in the garbage disposal. It's not worthy of even one star.

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