Corn Fritters With Maple Butter: A Minnesota State Fair Copycat Recipe (2024)

August 8, 2017

posted by Haley


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Love the food at the Minnesota State Fair? Try making some of your favorite recipes at home, like these deep fried corn fritters with maple butter.

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The Minnesota State Fair is, in my opinion, the most fun experience you can have in the Twin Cities.

It’s the second largest state fair in the U.S., attendance-wise, behind Texas.In 2016,1.9 million people visited the fair.

It’s a grand 12-day event. And my favorite part about it – no surprise here – is the food!

Minnesota State Fair Recipes

I’m thrilled to beteaming up with other bloggers to bring you 8 Minnesota State Fair copycat recipes. If you can’t make it to the fair, you can still enjoy the food with these fun recipes:

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What Are Your Favorite Fair Foods?

What’s the one food you HAVE to get when visiting the Minnesota State Fair (or your local county or state fair?)

I always get the fried green tomatoes. Be sure to try them if you go to the fair this year. They’re in the same booth as the corn fritters (they’re also really good!) The booth is located on the south side of Dan Patch Avenue, between Underwood and Cooper streets.

This recipe is inspired by my favorite food stand that serves both corn fritters and fried green tomatoes. I considered making fried green tomatoes, but I wasn’t confident that I could do the originals justice.

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About The Recipe: Corn Fritters With Maple Butter

When I go to food at the Minnesota State Fair, I don’t hold back. It’s by far my favorite food event of the year. I like to try a variety of new foods, and I don’t think about nutrition at all.

This is how you should approach this recipe: It’s not healthy. But it’s delicious.

These fritters walk the line between dessert and appetizer. Imagine a less-sweet donut with corn inside, finished with a decadent maple butter glaze. Check out this similar recipe: Tomato fritters.

Another great thing about this recipe? The cost. Pantry staples like flour, eggs, and creamed corn make this recipe extremely affordable.

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Deep Frying 101

If you’re leery of deep frying, don’t be. Here are answers to some questions you may have:

  • Do I need a deep fryer? No. You can use a heavy pot instead.
  • What kind of oil should I use?Peanut oil is considered the best oil for deep frying. I used canola oil. You can also use coconut oil, vegetable oil, safflower oil, or avocado oil. A high heat oil is best suited for deep frying.
  • How hot does the oil have to be?You’ll need to heat the oil to 365F. If you don’t have a food thermometer, you can test the oil by dropping a bit of the batter into the oil. If it sizzles, the oil is probably hot enough. If it doesn’t sizzle, keep heating the oil.
  • Can I reuse leftover oil? You can reuse leftover oil once or twice. Once the oil has cooled, pour it through a fine-meshed sieve lined with paper towels or cheese cloth to remove any leftover fried bits. Store the oil in a cool, dry place. What to make? Try:
    • Breakfast croquettes
    • Thanksgiving leftover croquettes
    • Spicy buttermilk chicken and waffle bites
  • How do I dispose of excess oil?DO NOT pour leftover oil down the drain. Pour oil into a sealed container (a leftover glass jar works well) and throw it away.

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Get other MN State Fair copycat recipes:

  • Copycat Sweet Martha’s Cookies
  • Deep fried candy bars
  • Deep fried cheese curds
  • Ham and pickle rollup egg rolls
  • Frozen apple cider pops
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Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serve fritters fresh out of the fryer.

See deep frying 101 instructions above.


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 14.75-ounce can creamed corn
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen sweet corn
  • 3 cups oil, for frying


  1. To make maple butter: Beat butter and maple syrup together until smooth.
  2. To make fritters: Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer to 365F.
  3. Drain most of the liquid from the creamed corn.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In another bowl, beat egg, milk, and melted butter. Combine the dry and liquid ingredients. Add creamed corn and corn kernels.
  5. Drop batter by spoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown - this will take about a minute. Remove from oil, place on paper towels, and serve hot with maple butter.

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  1. Sharon Reply

    These look so splurge worthy!! My fella is always on me to get a deep fryer and I must resist. Too dangerous! We’d be eating fried foods way to often. 😉 Once in a while, though it’s OK and these fritters look like they could be on the menu since I can’t go to the fair. 🙂

  2. Julia | Girl Meets Kitchen Reply

    These look so perfect! Light, fluffy + a perfectly balanced sweet & savory snack.

    • Haley Reply

      Thanks, Julia! They were indeed very light and fluffy.

  3. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons Reply

    Swoon…these look like my heaven. I deep fry (not too often, usually I do it at my cabin) in my dutch oven which works great-I agree, not special equipment needed! These are definitely fritters I’m going to make, they look fantastic!

    • Haley Reply

      Thanks guys!

  4. Janel Hutton Reply

    We have a deep fryer and I am ON these. They look sooooo yummy!

    • Haley Reply

      Can we have a deep fryer party at your place sometime? Plz??

  5. Alice Seuffert Reply

    Yum! These look so delicious! I’ve never tried them at the Fair, I will have to check out these and the fried green tomatoes!

  6. Joan Vang Reply

    Could I do these in an air fryer?

    • Haley Reply

      Unfortunately, I’m not too familiar with air fryers – not sure if these would work.

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Corn Fritters With Maple Butter: A Minnesota State Fair Copycat Recipe (2024)


Where did corn fritters come from? ›

Corn fritters are fried cakes of a dough or batter made of, or containing a featured quantity of maize (corn). Originating in Native American cuisine, they are a traditional sweet and savory snack in the Southern United States, as well as Indonesia where they are known as perkedel jagung or bakwan jagung.

How to make roasted corn like the State Fair? ›

I like to use charcoal to give it that char flavor. Throw the corn directly onto the hot side of the grill and let them cook for about 20-30 minutes, rotating them every so often. They should be a little charred on the outside. Peel back the husk, load on the butter and salt and enjoy!

Why are my corn fritters falling apart? ›

If your oil temperature drops, the fritters will soak up excess oil while cooking, leaving them soggy. Why are my corn fritters falling apart? If using frozen or canned corn, make sure to drain well to eliminate excess moisture. Always spoon and level dry ingredients to make sure your measurements are consistent.

What do Americans call fritters? ›

Definition. The 1854 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster defines fritter as a transitive verb meaning "to cut meat into small pieces to be fried". Another definition from 1861 is given as "a pancake cont. chopped fruit, poultry, fish; also a small piece of meat fried".

Are fritters unhealthy? ›

Fritters are usually always fried in oil. So no matter what kind you make, like the ground chickpeas with whole wheat flour and spices, they are going to have bad saturated fats from oil.

Where does the MN State Fair get their corn? ›

With Untiedt's help, the roasted corn in the building facing the Grand Stand is consistently one of the best selling foods of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, selling close to 250,000 ears each year. But Untiedt says getting the veggies from his farm in Waverly, Minn., to the fairgrounds in St. Paul is no easy task.

How much is an ear of corn at mn State Fair? ›

Just buy the one you like the most or get both to taste the difference. They usually cost around $5. Corn Roast -(Dan Patch & Nelson) -A food synonymous with the fair is sweet corn on the cob. Besides being delicious it's one of the healthier and cheaper options, with an ear of corn costing $3.


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