Ham Fritters are quick and easy to make and work for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Combining simple ingredients with a seasoned batter studded with juicy corn and salty ham you need minimal effort to create these. Ham and corn fritters are the perfect snack, lunch box filler or afternoon tea.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Simple ingredients: everything you need to make these ham fritters can be sort from your local grocery store. They are available all year round and will be easy to get your hands on.
- Family favorite: these quick and easy ham and cheese fritters are a delicious recipe that the whole family can enjoy together. Everyone of all ages will enjoy the golden brown crispy fritters and a dollop of sauce on top!
- Budget friendly: this is a cost effective recipe that won't break the bank. You might already have some of the ingredients to make the fritters in the fridge or cupboard and then you could simply get the other ones you need.
- Use for leftover ham: sometimes you have leftover ham in the fridge and want to use it up but not in the same way you have already eaten it. Leftover ham fritters are a great way to use up leftover ham. Simply use the equivalent amount as specified in the recipe card and then follow the instructions as they are.
- Versatile: serve the fritters for a weekend brunch, in the kids lunch box or for a busy night when you don't have hours to get dinner sorted. They make a great finger food, will work for each occasion and then some.
- Basic cooking skills: this is a straight forward recipe that takes us back to basics in the kitchen. It is a great recipe to get started on if you are learning the ropes in the kitchen and want to get a few easy recipes under your belt.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Olive oil: we use a little bit of this in the pan to help make the fritters crispy.
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper to season the fritter batter.
- Eggs: the eggs are like the glue in the recipe. They help stick everything together.
- Garlic powder: we use this also for seasoning. It and the onion powder which are coming next are excellent pantry staples to have.
- Onion powder: save time peeling, chopping and dicing an onion with this ingredient. It can dry out if it sits in the bottle (even with the lid closed) but not used regularly. Something to keep in mind in case you have it in the spice drawer but haven't used it for a while.
- Dried chives: we use this in the batter mixture for flavour, texture and a few pops of colour.
- Milk: this is one of the 2 wet ingredients used in the batter.
- Flour: we use plain, all purpose flour. Up to you if you want to sift it or not, this is an optional step 😉👌 .
- Cheese: you can use your favourite type of grated cheese here be it cheddar, tasty or other. I use a handheld grater to grate it fresh from the block. This way it is super soft and cheesy 😂👍.
- Corn: this is 1 tin of canned corn. We need to drain and rinse it. The corn kernels are an excellent pairing with the ham and bright their own juicy texture to the fritters.
- Ham: we need about 300 grams of ham for the recipe which is 10 oz. I usually get a 2 pack of 2 x 150 grams shredded ham. or you can get the equivalent in slices of deli meat.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by adding the flour to a large bowl.
- Add flour to large mixing bowl (Photo 1)
- Next add chives (Photo 2)
- Add salt and pepper (Photo 3)
- Then add garlic powder (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Ham Fritters
Start by adding the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl. So transfer in the flour, dried chives, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Once these are all in the bowl, give it a stir to combine.
- Add onion powder (Photo 5)
- Then add whisked eggs (Photo 6)
- Pour in the milk (Photo 7)
- Stir to combine (Photo 8)
Once all of the dry ingredients are in the bowl, it is time to add the wet ingredients.
Whisk the eggs them transfer them into the centre of the bowl, pour in the milk and stir to combine. The egg mixture helps to bind the rest of the ingredients together and the little bit of cheese doesn't go astray either!
- Add ham (Photo 9)
- Then add corn (Photo 10)
- Add the cheese (Photo 11)
- Stir to combine (Photo 12)
🌽 Ham And Corn Fritters
Next we get ready to cook the fritters. To do so place a large frying pan or skillet onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the olive oil.
Wait for the oil to heat by putting your hand over the top of the frying pan. When you feel that the heat is rising from the pan, use an ice cream scoop to portion the wet batter into the base of the hot pan. You can see this step in the photo below.
- Portion with ice cream scoop (Photo 14)
Once you have portioned the wet batter into the mix, you can repeat this process to fit another 2 fritters into the pan at the same time.
This way we are working in batches and cooking roughly 3 fritters at a time.
Once the fritters are cooked you can use a slotted turner to lift them up and out of the pan and place them onto a paper towel lined chopping board whilst you cook the rest of the fritters.
When they are all cooked you can get ready to serve them and I have suggestions to help below 😁.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
You have unlimited options to turn to when you are getting these sorted. For breakfast you might like a simple plate of 2 fritters with a glass of oj, tea or coffee. If you want a side of streaky bacon, I won't stop you 👌.
Or pop them in lunch boxes as an alternative to a sandwich. They offer a great change from a ham, cheese and tomato combo.
The sauce that you see in the photos throughout the post is the Mustard Yogurt Sauce. You can also use the Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Horseradish Yogurt Sauce or the Herbed Yogurt Sauce for one that is a little bit more mellow.
Or you might like to have a look at all of my homemade sauces on the blog. Give them a read and find one that interests you.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover fritters in a sealed, airtight container or plate with cling wrap in the fridge for 2-3 days. They can be consumed hot or cold.
How to Freeze
Allow the fritters to fully cool and then portion them into zip lock plastic bags, push the air out and seal. The fritters can be frozen for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat
Reheat leftover fritters in the microwave on a plate with cling wrap. They will take around 2 minutes to heat through on high.
Or you can place them back into a frying pan and heat one side, then flip to the other side and heat that side also.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can use Greek yogurt or sour cream in place of the homemade sauce if you wish too.
- If you want vegetable alternatives, you can omit the corn and replace it with 1 small shredded zucchini and 1 small shredded carrot.
- If you don't want to make a full side salad yet do want some greens on the plate, try adding some baby spinach leaves or rocket leaves (arugula).
- Chopped spring onions is another way you can garnish the dish in place of the chopped chives.
- For breakfast try these with a chopped avocado, some tomato relish and a poached egg. It makes for 'Winner Winner Breakfast Is Fritters' 😉👍.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- An ice-cream scoop will come in very handy to portion the wet batter into the pan. This will also mean that all of your fritters will be semi uniform in size.
- If you don't have an ice cream scoop you can use a soup spoon to scoop portions of the wet batter into the pan.
- The oil needs to be hot in the pan before the wet batter is added. This is so that the fritters can start cooking as soon as they hit the bottom of the pan.
- Use a slotted turner to flip each fritter around the 3 -4 minute mark and gently push down on the browned side. Then cook this side for 3-4 minutes. There is no need to flip them more than once 👍👌.
- If you need to add more oil to cook the fritters, you can. When doing so allow this additional oil to fully heat up before adding more wet fritter mix to the pan.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What meat goes with fritters?
Bacon, ham and corned beef are all good meats to use in fritters.
How do you keep fritters from falling apart?
Minimise flipping the fritters more than once to ensure that they don't fall apart. Each side should be golden brown and crispy looking.
What to serve with fritters for dinner?
Fritters make an excellent dinner choice. Simply pair with a side salad, air fried vegetables and a dollop of sauce.
😍 More Easy Breakfast Recipes
Leap! Not crawl out of bed and head straight to the kitchen to whip up your favorite morning delights. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Raspberry Pancakes
- Blueberry Croissant Bake
- Lemon Pancakes
- Brie Croissant
- Crispy Pancakes
- Mini Pancakes
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
It is time to get our ham on my friend! You can also find all of my breakfast recipes in the one spot.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 medium eggs free range
- ⅔ cup/160ml milk
- 300 grams/10 oz ham diced
- 400 grams/14.5 oz corn kernels drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cheese
- 2 tbs olive oil
- flat leaf parsley
- lemon wedges
- chopped chives
- Dry ingredients: add the all purpose flour, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir to combine.
- Wet ingredients: make a small well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the whisked egg, followed by the milk and stir to combine.
- Ham, corn and cheese: add the ham, corn and cheese to the wet batter and then stir to combine.
- Cook fritters: place a large frying pan onto the stove top and turn the heat to high then add the olive oil. Wait until the oil has heated through. Then use an ice cream scoop to spoon the batter into portions and drop this into the bottom of the pan. Working in batches cook 2-3 fritters at a time. First cook one side for 3-4 minutes and then use a slotted spoon to flip the fritters to the other side. Then let this side also cook for 3-4 minutes. Once cooked use a slotted spoon to lift the fritters up and out of the pan and place on a paper towel lined chopping board. Note 2
- Serve and garnish: provide the Mustard Yogurt Sauce (optional) for serving as well as some lemon wedges, black pepper, parsley and chopped chives to garnish.
- Note 1 - All purpose flour: this is plain flour. No need to sift and no need to add baking powder to it. You can use the equivalent amount of gluten free if you wish to.
- Note 2- Cooking the fritters: you can use the back of the ice cream scoop to gently push the scooped portion of wet fritter batter down and into a round shape after adding it to the bottom of the pan.
- Serving size: this recipe will make 12 fritters. The portion size of 6 has been worked out using 2 fritters per person.