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Easy Prawn and Sweetcorn Fritters

Easy prawn fritters that are great as a starter or as a main, featuring sweetcorn, spring onion & fennel seeds in a slightly crispy batter.

They are light, slightly crispy, and delicious and they cook in just under half an hour, making them great for a lighter midweek meal.

Overhead prawn or shrimp and sweetcorn fritters served with a mango and red onion salad.

Easy Shrimp Fritters

Fish patties are not a rarity on my site! I already have salmon fish cakes, spicy tuna fish cakes and mackerel fish cake recipes for you to choose from.

But these shrimp fritters are quite a departure from my usual approach.

Rather than being held together with potato like a fish cake, they are held together by a batter.

And those ingredients are super simple but so delicious, prawns, sweetcorn, fennel seeds, and spring onion.

Then we drop tablespoons of that mix into hot oil to create a lightly crispy free-formed prawn fritters.

These make a great lunch or even a light main if paired well.

Close-up fried prawn or shrimp and sweetcorn fritters.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of prawns or shrimp are best?

You can use any type of prawns or shrimp that you like, the larger you buy the more expensive they are I usually opt for fairly small raw prawns. But you could just as easily use cocktail prawns which saves on the chopping.

However, you must defrost them first and you must dry them well on kitchen paper. If you leave too much moisture the fritters will not hold together.

Is there a difference between cornstarch and cornflour?

Nope, they are the same thing, they are just names used in different parts of the world.

What sweetcorn should I use?

It doesn’t matter, fresh, tinned or frozen are fine.

If you are using frozen corn make sure you defrost it and then dry it thoroughly because we want to avoid adding too much liquid to the batter.

I use frozen more often than any other option because it is convenient, I usually have a bag at home to make my spicy sweetcorn soup and Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup.

Can I make them in advance?

No, these are best really hot straight out of the pan, the longer they sit the less crispy they become.

But, you can keep them warm in the oven at 100°C or 212°F whilst you are batch frying.

Prawn or shrimp and sweetcorn fritters served with a mango and red onion salad.

Serving Suggestions

These prawn fritters sit great alongside a salad with a bit of spice and a bit of sweetness.

They are pictured here with my spicy mango salad, it was developed alongside these fritters and as a result, it makes the perfect accompaniment.

But they would be equally good with my spicy cucumber salad or even a mango salsa.

If you wanted to serve them as a nibble and want a dipping sauce a classic tartar sauce would be awesome as would this Marie Rose sauce.

Close-up overhead fried prawn or shrimp and sweetcorn fritters.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven, this is optional but it helps keep the fritters warm whilst you are batch frying them.
  • 30cm or 12″ frying pan or skillet.
  • Whisk.
  • Mixing spoon and a slotted spoon or spatula.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Kitchen paper.
  • Kicthen knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
Easy prawn (shrimp) fritters served with a spicy mango salad.
Yield: 2-4 Servings

Prawn and Sweetcorn Fritters Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These simple prawn fritters are loaded with sweetcorn and spring onion and get a wee aniseed vibe with some fennel seed and can be all yours, you can share them if you want, in under half an hour.


  • 200g (7oz) Raw Prawns (They do not need to be large)
  • 125g (¾ Cup) Sweetcorn
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 1½ Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Black Onion Seeds
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 45g (4 Tbsp) Plain Flour
  • 40g (4 Tbsp) Cornflour (Corn Starch in the US)
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • ½-¾ Tsp Salt
  • ⅛ Tsp White Pepper
  • Oil for frying


  1. Add the egg, flour, cornflour, milk, salt, and white pepper to a bowl, then whisk to form a batter.
  2. Slice the spring onions as finely as you can and add them to the batter.
  3. Dry the prawns on kitchen paper then roughly chop them and add them to the batter.
  4. Add the sweetcorn kernels to the batter along with the fennel and onion seeds and mix everything together.
  5. Heat cooking oil (2-3mm or ⅛" deep) in a 30cm or 12" frying pan over a high-medium heat.
  6. When the oil is hot dollop dessert spoonfuls of the fritter batter into the oil and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another minute, remove and set aside on kitchen paper whilst you finish the rest of the patties.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 1778mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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