Perkedel Jagung: easy and yummy Indonesian sweetcorn fritters

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Perkedel Jagung

Perkedel Jagung, which means sweetcorn fritters, are quite popular in Indonesia

It is a finger food that is often enjoyed as a side dish as well as afternoon snacks. 

Just like any food recipe, there are hundreds of sweetcorn fritter recipes out there. In the cookbooks and on the internet. Although I haven’t tried all of those recipes — I only tried some of them for the sake of being curious — I’m confident that the recipe I’m sharing here is the best 😊.


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a dish of perkedel jagung - Indonesian sweetcorn fritters with overlay text

The reason I say this is because some recipes use many ingredients so it can be a hassle (for me) to get those ingredients just for the sweetcorn fritters. Or the corn fritters just taste like a fried-flour-lump 🤪.

Also, I notice that some of my Indonesian friends make Perkedel Jagung in different ways. Most of them put water in the mixture that makes the corn fritters absorb a lot of oil when you fry them. 

And some others put quite a lot of flour in the mixture that you can hardly taste the corn.

So if you only have one chance to try making sweetcorn fritters, I dare you to try my recipe and tell me if you hate it 😲. Because I’m pretty sure you’ll love it, just like my family and friends who have tried them 😊.

Crunchy and fluffy sweetcorn fritters

The reason is that not only the recipe I’m sharing here is quite simple, but it also makes the fritters with the most sweetcorn taste. With a bit of crunch on the outside and a fluffy bit in the inside. And the corn fritters are just full of real sweetcorn flavour. 

I learned this recipe from my mom. It’s quite different from other sweetcorn fritter recipes you might have come across.

But I promise you it’s so easy to make. And it’ll give you yummy sweetcorn fritters that you and your loved ones will enjoy. 

A warning though… When you do make them, I suggest you hide some of them for yourself before everybody gets their hands on those tasty fritters. Otherwise, there won’t be anything left for you by the time you finish making them 😀.

an oval dish of Indonesian sweetcorn fritters - Perkedel Jagung
Deep-fried Perkedel Jagung – Sweetcorn fritters

What to serve with the sweet corn fritters

Traditionally, Indonesians have sweetcorn fritters as a side dish. Although they go along well with literally any dish, my mom normally makes them as a companion for Sweet Soy Chicken dish, stir-fry dishes, or any soupy/ curry dishes.

But you can also have the corn fritters as a snack along with your cuppa tea or coffee if you like. I also make them for the picnic or barbecue snacks sometimes.

Another idea is, you can make the sweetcorn fritters for your party starters. Make them in bulk a few days before the party and then freeze them. And then when you want to serve them, you can just pop the sweetcorn fritters in the oven at gas 5/ 200° C for about 15-20 minutes.

Before I go on with the recipe, let me tell you that in Indonesia, there are many types of traditional vegetable fritters. For example potato fritters, tempeh fritters, Oncom fritters (a kind of fermented Soya beans), Mung beans fritters, etc. But in our family, sweetcorn fritters are the most liked ones.

My mom used to make them every so often that I literally grew up with these sweetcorn fritters. 

Simple ingredients of perkedel Jagung

Sweetcorn

This recipe requires raw sweetcorn kernels. So if you can not get the fresh sweet corn cobs, you can use the frozen sweetcorn kernels. But please don’t use the tin ones. Because the tin ones are basically cooked, sweetcorn. 

When you use frozen sweetcorn, leave the kernels to fully thaw about half an hour before you follow the recipe method.

Spring onions/ scallions

Although in this recipe I only put 4 stalks of Spring Onions (Scallion), you can always put more. I often put in more spring onions. Because I think Sweetcorn and Spring Onions are a really nice combo.

Garlic

You can either use fresh garlic or garlic powder. Both are good.

Ground pepper

White pepper is commonly used in Indonesia. But here in the UK, I use black pepper more often than not. And ground black pepper is good too for this recipe.

Eggs

Two eggs are enough for this recipe. But for sweetcorn fritters vegan option, you can substitute the eggs with gram flour

¼ cup of gram flour + ¼ cup of water = 1 egg. So you can use this ratio, and adjust accordingly. 

Plain flour/ all-purpose flour

This Perkedel Jagung doesn’t use a lot of flour. You only need approximately 55 grams/ 1.92 oz of plain flour/ all-purpose flour. 

If you use Gluten-Free flour, it’s best to shallow-fry the fritters. Because some of the GF flour does not handle well in deep frying.

Oil

I personally use either sunflower oil or rapeseed oil. And I deep-fry the fritters almost every time I make them.

How to make the yummiest sweetcorn fritters

sweetcorn kernels being mashed with a mortar
1. mash the sweetcorn kernels
adding spices and herbs into mashed sweetcorn kernels for the fritters
2. Add the herbs and spices
adding the flour into sweetcorn fritter mixture
3. Mix in the eggs and the flour
sweetcorn fritter mixture
4. Sweetcorn fritter mixture is ready to fry
shallow fry the sweetcorn fritters
5. Shallow fry the fritter mixture
ready cooked perkedel jagung
6. Shallow fried sweetcorn fritters
  • Unlike some other similar recipes you found on the net 😉, this recipe wants you to slightly mash the sweetcorn kernels. Not all of it though. Just about a third up to half of it.

Please don’t skip mashing the kernels. It’s important 😆. Because we want the right sweetcorn flavour and sweetness in our sweetcorn fritters.

The mashed kernels will give more flavour to your corn fritters. Also, the juice from the corn kernels can help bind the mixture so that you won’t need a lot of flour. Your Perkedel Jagung will have a taste of proper sweetcorn instead of sweetcorn flavoured flour fritters😀.

  • After you mashed the corn kernels, mix the rest of the ingredients with the corn. 
  • Heat the oil on the pan, and deep-fry the sweetcorn fritters one teaspoon at a time. 
  • Some of you may not be keen on deep-frying. So you can shallow-fry the corn fritters with a little bit of oil on the frying pan. Just make sure you put the mixture flat on the pan and not too thick.

Indonesian sweetcorn fritters recipe

Indonesian sweetcorn fritters - Perkedel Jagung

Indonesian sweetcorn fritters - Perkedel Jagung

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Indonesian sweetcorn fritters (Perkedel Jagung) can be one of the yummy snacks to make in the summertime — when sweetcorn becomes abundant. Try this recipe, I promise everyone in your family will love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of sweetcorn kernels from 2 large sweetcorn cobs.
  • 4 Stalks spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 Clove garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 Teaspoon white pepper powder, or black pepper.
  • 6 Tablespoons of plain flour.
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Green chilli (optional), finely chopped.
  • 1 tsp salt, or according to taste.
  • Cooking oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Put the sweetcorn kernels in a food processor and give it a few blitzes until half of it mashed. 
  2. If you don't have a food processor, you can mash it using pestle and mortar or potato masher. Just make sure about half of kernels break and release its juice.
  3. Put the slightly mashed kernels in a bowl and add in spring onions, pepper, garlic, salt, plain flour, eggs, and chili. Mix well. 
  4. Ideally, you leave the mixture to rest for at least 10 minutes to let the flavor develop well. Although you will still make tasty fritters even if you cook it straight away 😉.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan or a wok. Gently drop 1 tbsp of sweetcorn batter and make sure it's slightly flattened and not too thick. Deep fry the fritters at medium heat until it's golden.
  6. Serve and enjoy

Notes

  • Please don’t skip mashing the kernels. It’s important 😆. Because we want proper sweetcorn flavour and sweetness in our fritters.
  • If you can not get the fresh sweet corn cobs, you can use the frozen sweetcorn kernels. But please don’t use the tin ones. Because the tin ones are basically cooked, sweetcorn. 
  • When you use frozen sweetcorn, leave the kernels to thaw about half an hour before you slightly mash them. Then just follow the recipe method.
  • You can substitute fresh chopped garlic with 1 teaspoon garlic powder if you wish.
  • You can substitute plain flour with your preferred GF flour.
  • You can skip chillies if you don't like spicy food. And if you prefer spicy, you can always add more chillies.
  • Some of you may not keen on deep-frying. So you can shallow-fry the fritters with a little bit of oil on the frying pan. Just make sure you put the mixture flat on the pan and not too thick.
  • Although in this recipe I only put 4 stalks of Spring Onions (Scallion), you can always put more. I often put more spring onions. Because I think Sweetcorn and Spring Onions are a really nice combo.

Nutrition Information
Yield 15 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 32mgSodium 361mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 6g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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  1. So.. I remembered from searching through previous recipes on this website I remembered this sweetcorn recipe I had leftover peas and sweetcorn (insert my twist) – the rest I followed exactly was super easy to follow and so clear. it was my first time making something like this but family approved which is saying something considering ive not made these before! they were light and crispy flavours were just right! I did wonder however due to allergies could you substitute the egg for something else? Im so glad I remembered this recipe!

    1. Devy Dar Devy Dar Author says:

      Hi, thank you for trying the recipe. I’m glad that you like it. Yes, you can substitute the eggs with 1/2 cup gram flour + 1/2 cup water. Let me know how you get on.

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