Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters with Ricotta, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

Apparently today is the first day back at school for all the kids and teachers in our area, and while I should be solemn and feeling their pain of summer being over, I can’t help but get this Grinch-like smile on my face. The kid in me is still kind of upset over not having summer breaks anymore, so I’m all, hahahahahahaha, you have to go back to SCHOOL?!

I’m so mean. And clearly, very mature.

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

In all seriousness though, what was once a sign of summer’s end, is now just a reminder that I need to relish what IS left of the fleeting summer, because even though it’s “over” for students and teachers, we still have a good month and a half left before fall technically begins.

There will still be blistering hot days. There will still be pool lounging. There will still be barbecues. Family walks. Patio siiting. People watching. And plenty of meals like this one.

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

It’s sad that so many people are throwing in the towel and declaring summer officially over, I mean, we just started getting the perfect summer produce in at the grocery store. The tomatoes are seriously ripe and plentiful. The berries are plump (and cheap!). The peaches are juicy. The corn is sweet. Everything is perfect.

To me, this is the ultimate summer meal, one that also happens to utilize two of my (and anyone else that loves food) favorite in-season savory produce items – sweet corn and tomatoes.

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

I’ve literally been inhaling tomatoes for the last month. On salads. Straight from the vine. Roasted. In pastas. Pretty much any way you can think of, but I’ve yet to do anything with corn besides eat it straight from the cob – delicious, but somewhat boring after doing so over and over and over.

Since fritters have been on my mind for some time now, what better way to end my corn rut than in a crispy fried little package. And while I wouldn’t normally recommend masking fresh corn in something fried, these are actually just lightly fried and have very little flour which totally lets the corn shine through. And let’s be serious, anything with corn and crab that’s fried will be good.

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

Although not necessary, but totally encouraged, the fritters are topped with a generous dollop of creamy ricotta and covered in excessive amounts of extra grilled corn, halved cherry tomatoes (from our garden!), lump crab meat and fresh basil (also from our garden).

Eat up!

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

Grilled Corn and Crab Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10

Serving Size: 1 fritter


  • 4 ears corn (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup flour (plus more if needed)
  • 1 egg whisked
  • ½ cup lump crab meat
  • Oil for frying
  • Topping
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ear corn
  • ¼ cup torn basil
  • ½ cup lump crab meat
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese


  1. Heat a grill, grill corn (for fritters and topping) until slightly charred and cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from cob.
  2. Heat about 1/4 inch of canola oil in a cast-iron skillet to 375 degrees,
  3. In a large bowl combine corn, green onion, onion, garlic, salt, flour and egg. Gently fold in lump crab meat, trying not to break up the pieces. If batter is too wet, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture can be formed into fritters or patties.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop out and form into flat fritters. Fry 3-4 at a time in the oil, about 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  5. In another bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, remaining corn, basil and crab meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. To assemble, top each fritter with a heaping tablespoon of ricotta, then top with corn, tomatoes and crab.


  1. So I stopped by to look for a different recipe, got totally sidetracked by this deliciousness, and now I can’t even remember what I originally wanted. This is simply summer perfection!

  2. Oh my gosh, I could eat a million of these! They look SO good!

  3. I think it is SO crazy that ya’ll send your kids back to school so early. In Canada, we didn’t go back until after Labour day, usually the second week of rocked!
    ALMOST as much as these rock. Can I eat them all? Pinned!

  4. I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. There’s still more than a month to go! And you are so right, some of the most delicious and best produce is just hitting the stores, especially sweet corn. What says summer more than grilled corn? Your fritters looks absolutely delish. Wish I could snag a few right now!!

  5. I could eat every single one of these! And I’m going to as soon as I make them! Pinned :)

  6. Bahahaha I get like that when I see the undergrads show up for the Fall semester. Even though I work at the University so technically, I’m back at school too. But hey, no homework! :D Which means I have so much more time to make a TON of these glorious fritters! Crab and corn is a heavenly combo.

  7. These beauties look delicious!

  8. My eyes just full-on popped out of my head seeing these pictures. These fritters look delicious and the photos are GORGEOUS!

  9. I like the way you think! I have fritters coming up later this week! These look fantastic!

    And I’m the same way – we all should get summer vacations so I have no sympathy for those going back to school :)

  10. I can’t believe school has already started again! I miss the good old days of being a kid and having summers off to do whatever I wanted. These little fritters look so delicious! I love the fresh grilled corn and the tomatoes in that amazing topping. Such a great way to use summer produce!

  11. I was just in Oklahoma last week and the kids there were heading back to school. It seems a shame with so much summer left. Here in Portland, we still have another 3 weeks of summer vacation and fun! Yippee!

  12. how delicious does this look! definitely loving the fritter recipe… one i will have to make!

  13. I’m with you! The produce market is just busting at the seams with the most delicious fruit and veggies now. No need to mourn summer yet! I LOVE these fritters. Pinning for sure!

  14. Oh yum! It just so happens that cherry tomatoes and basil are the only things I have in my garden right now! These fritters look amazing and I imagine that they taste even better than they look!

  15. This is a very dangerous recipe. Unfortunate that no one who comments on this blog prepares anything. Corn kernels popped in the hot oil while the fritters fried covering my kitchen; my face; my arms and hands with boiling oil – even with a frying pan splatter guard! This is a fairly tasty but I will never ever make this again…….


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