Thai corn fritters recipe (Tod Man Khao Pod) It's a tasty finger food perfect for sharing as tasty appetizers with guests at dinner parties. The natural sweetness of corn mixed with creamy coconut milk and curry paste seasoned with kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce makes this crispy fritters extra addicting!
The best dipping sauce for Thai corn fritters is the Thai sweet chili dipping sauce. Another recipe that pairs well with the dipping sauce is Thai shrimp cakes with sweet chili sauce (Tod Mun Goong). Both are tasty and amazing and well-loved appetizers in the Thai food scene.
What are Thai sweet corn fritters made of?
Thai corn fritters recipe (Tod Man Khao Pod) is a savory and delicious vegetable starter using fresh sweet corn, mixed coconut milk, rice flour seasoned with red curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, and seasoned with fish sauce for a lightly spicy but herbaceous taste.
Why This Thai corn fritters Recipe Works
- You can shallow pan fry or deep fry. For a healthier option, pan-fry the fritters. For a tastier indulgence, deep fry away the corn fritters! Both delicious!
- Corn fritters freeze well. So you can make it in huge batches, cook it, then freeze it for dinner gatherings. It's a great way to have quick appetizers for guests before the main meals.
What Goes Into This Recipe
- Corn kernels. Use 2-3 3 ears of fresh sweet corn to make this recipe.
- Egg. You can lightly whisk the egg before adding it to the mixture for an easier stirring of the batter.
- Rice flour. Substitute regular flour is fine.
- Baking powder. It helps make the fritters light and crunchy.
- Fish sauce. Adjust as necessary once the batter is mixed in the mixing bowl.
- Coconut milk. You can use lite coconut milk for this recipe.
- Red curry paste. Use store-bought or homemade recipes. Adjust as necessary for your spice level.
- Kaffir lime leaves. They are also called makrut lime leaves. Chop the leaves finely for this recipe, as the leaves have a tough and strong flavor if not chopped into tiny pieces.
- Oil. Use coconut, oil, canola, or avocado for frying. You will need at least an inch of oil in the saucepan for deep frying.
How To Make Thai corn fritters
Carefully slice the corn with a sharp knife, then place corn kernels in a large bowl. Add all the ingredients except the rice flour to the bowl and mix with a spatula until a soft batter forms. Break up the curry paste, so no big clumps are left. Imagine the surprise of biting into a big chunk of curry paste in your fritter! (: Make sure the batter it’s not too runny either. Add a little more flour if necessary.
Add the flour and mix in well until a soft batter forms. You can thicken the batter here a little bit if preferred. Taste and adjust the seasoning here with more fish sauce or salt. Or, if it's too salty, add a dash of sugar to balance the saltiness.
For shallow frying, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan on medium heat on medium heat. Add a tablespoon of corn mixture into the pan, and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
For deep frying. Place enough oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is hot, then scoop a tablespoon of corn fritter into the oil. Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden brown. Use a tong or slotted spoon to scope out the fritters on a plate lined with a paper towel. Be careful with the hot oil. The deep frying version will yield a thick fritter than the shallow frying version. Repeat until the corn mixture is gone.
Place the fried fritters on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until the remaining batter is gone. Once the fritters are cooled to room temperature, Serve the corn fritters with sweet Thai chili sauce. Enjoy the best corn fritters ever! (: Garnish with some sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, or even some sesame seeds for fun!
Helpful Kitchen notes And Expert Tips
- You can use regular flour instead of rice flour. You will need to add a little extra because it's lighter flour made from a lighter grain. Wheat grains are softer than rice grains, so it absorbs less water.
- Use cold instead of coconut milk for a healthier option. Add a cup of iced water to the batter. The ice water also helps the fritter get extra crispy.
- For the dipping sauce, use store-bought Thai sweet chili sauce. The same sauce is used for spring rolls, Gai Yang chicken, and Thai fish cakes.
- If you don't have kaffir lime leaves, try adding ½-1 teaspoon of lime zest. Taste the batter before frying to see if you like the flavors.
Can I substitute regular flour for rice flour?
You can. Rice flour is gluten-free, heavier than regular flour made from wheat, and shouldn't be used in a 1:1 ratio. Use less rice flour than you would regular flour. Play around with the ratio until the texture of the batter is not too thick nor runny before frying.
Can you use cornstarch instead of flour in fritters?
Yes. Cornstarch can be used as a substitute. Corn starch helps with making the fritters more crispy!
Can I freeze fritters?
Yes. Cooked corn fritters freeze well if you can't finish all the pieces from your recipe. Store them in food-safe ziplock bags, and they keep well for up to 3 months in the freezer.
What is the best way to reheat corn fritters?
There are three ways to repeat corn fritters. Using the microwave, reheat for 20-30 seconds. In the oven, after preheating, bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes. In the air fryer, after preheating, cook at 400 for 6-8 minutes.
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