Best Corn Nuggets

I love a good appetizer where no utensils are required – from cheese empanadas to pepperoni bread to cheese and bacon turnovers to garlic shrimp crostini to sweet potato tempura.

bite taken out of corn nugget stacked on top of others
Crisp on the outside but moist on the inside, these corn nuggets can be ready in less than 15 minutes, making them great for any occasion.

when it comes to ease to prepare, these corn nuggets are hard to top. Simply mix together the ingredients, drop into some oil and fry for a few minutes.

Taste and Texture – The crispy outer layer provides a satisfying crunch, while the moist and tender interior bursts with the natural sweetness of corn.
Quick and Easy – They are a convenient and time efficient appetizer or side dish. With prep time and cook time totaling less than 15 minutes, they are perfect for busy people or last-minute cravings.
Versatile – You can experiment with different spices or even add cheese or jalapeños to enhance the flavor profile.
Portable – They make for great finger food at parties, gatherings or picnics as their bite-sized nature allow for easy sharing and perfect for on-the-go snacking.
Kid-Friendly – Children often love the mild sweetness and appealing shape of corn nuggets. It can be an excellent way to introduce vegetables to picky eaters while ensuring they enjoy their meal.


  • 2 cups (about 1 can) of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Vegetable oil for frying
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Prepare the Batter:
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
Add Wet Ingredients:

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg until well beaten.
Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredient mixture. Stir until the batter is smooth and well combined.

Fold in Corn:
Gently fold in the drained whole kernel corn into the batter.
Heat Oil:
In a deep skillet or frying pan, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350-375°F (175-190°C).
Drop the Batter:
Using a spoon or a small ice cream scoop, carefully drop spoonfuls of the corn batter into the hot oil.
Fry Until Golden:
Fry the corn nuggets for 2-3 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Make sure to flip them once to ensure even cooking.
Drain Excess Oil:
Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried corn nuggets from the hot oil. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Serve the corn nuggets hot. They are great on their own or with dipping sauces like ketchup, ranch dressing, or honey mustard.
Enjoy your homemade Corn Nuggets as a tasty snack or side dish!
These corn nuggets are crispy on the outside and deliciously tender on the inside. They make a fantastic appetizer or side dish for gatherings or as a fun snack for the family.

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