Chock-full of goodness, these butternut squash fritters are incredibly easy and tasty! With pops of sweetness and texture from fresh corn and plenty of herbs, these homemade fritters are sure to be a favourite in your home as it is ours.
If you’re a fan of butternut squash, then these butternut squash fritters (or butternut squash cakes) need to happen!
They’re super squash forward with pops of fresh corn for sweetness and texture.
I especially love these in late summer/fall. When I’m not enjoying butternut squash sweet potato soup, these are regularly on the menu.
You don’t have to pre-cook the squash or anything — just shred, combine with the other fritter ingredients and cook.
They’re delicious on their own for any meal of the day, especially for breakfast with a poached egg on top. Talk about a yummy treat!
Why We Love These Butternut Squash Fritters
- These butternut squash fritters are made with wholesome, simple ingredients.
- They’re a great way to use seasonal produce.
- They’re easy to prepare.
- The recipe yields quite a bit but can easily be halved.
- Of course, they taste delicious!
How To Make This Recipe
Full details on how to make these butternut squash fritters are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Add fritter ingredients (butternut squash, corn, eggs, salt, black pepper, chives, sage, thyme, cayenne pepper and garlic powder) to a large bowl and mix to combine.
- Gradually stir in your flour.
- Everything is good to fry when it binds together.
- Heat some olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and scoop the fritters into the pan. Use a spatula to flatten the fritters. There’s nothing fancy here. These fritters are rustic and not perfectly round and that’s completely okay! Cook the fritters on both sides until golden brown on the outside and cooked throughout.
Note: Cook the butternut squash fritters in batches, replacing the oil, as necessary, between batches.
Can I Use a Food Processor?
I shredded the butternut squash with a box grater and got quite the workout. It wasn’t hard work, just tedious, and took me about 15 minutes or so.
If you want to shave off time, definitely use a food processor fitted with the shredded attachment here.
Tips and Variations
- This butternut squash fritter recipe yields quite a bit (about 22 butternut squash cakes, give or take). You can easily half the recipe if you like. If doing this, rather than mess around with trying to use half an egg, you can just use two eggs and add enough flour until everything sticks together.
- The quantity of flour you use may vary slightly depending on how much squash you have and the moisture level. You just want the butternut squash fritters to bind/stick together.
- If you don’t have fresh corn, use well-drained canned corn instead.
- Green onion is a great substitute for chives if that’s what you have on hand.
- Mix up the spices! Go a slightly different route and try a little smoked paprika or chipotle powder and cumin instead of sage and thyme.
Serve these butternut squash fritters with any of these:
More Easy Squash Recipes
- Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Roasted Acorn Squash Crostini With Goat Cheese
- Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Pumpkin Soup With Coconut Milk
If you make these butternut squash fritters, be sure to leave a comment below!
Butternut Squash Fritters With Corn
- 1 large butternut squash, a squash about 3 pounds, 6 ounces before peeling or 3 pounds after peeling and seeds removed
- 2 cups corn kernels, about 2 ears of corn
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup minced fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves, or 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, less if you aren't a fan of spice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour, approximately
- ⅓ cup olive oil, approximately (about 1 tablespoon per batch to fry the fritters)
- Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, for serving (optional)
- Clean your squash. Peel, carefully cut in half, remove and discard seeds (and any shreds inside). Also, at this point, preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (to keep fritters warm while you are completing your batches). Note: If you want to reserve the seeds for another use (like roasting for a snack), you can.Note: This recipe yields about 22 fritters but can easily be halved. See "Notes" below. You can adjust the serving size in the recipe card.
- Cut squash into chunks and shred with a box grater or food processor fitted with a shredder attachment (the food processor will save time. The box grater will take about 15 minutes or so to shred the squash). Place shredded squash into a large bowl after shredded.Note: For this recipe, about 10 cups of shredded squash was used.
- To bowl with squash, add corn kernels, eggs, salt, black pepper, chives, sage, thyme, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.
- Sprinkle over flour, stirring in, about ¼ cup or so at a time until everything sticks together. I used 1 and ¼ cups. The amount of flour used may vary, depending on how much squash you have and/or how much moisture it has. Note: You don't want a super tight bind here, but use enough flour that you can scoop up the mixture with an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup from the bowl and place into the oiled pan.
- To cook fritters, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick frying pan over medium-low to medium heat.Note: You'll want to cook fritters in batches (about 4 to 5 fritters in the pan at a time), adding more oil to the pan between batches.
- Place 4 to 5 fritters in the pan (I used a round ice cream scoop, about ¼ cup or so for each fritter). Gently press down with a spatula to flatten slightly.
- Cook fritters for 2 to 3 minutes on one side.
- Flip fritters to the other side and continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and cooked through.
- Once done, you can then transfer cooked fritters to a sheet pan and place into your preheated oven to keep warm, if you like, while you are cooking your batches.
- Repeat the process to cook remaining fritters.Note: As you are cooking your batches, your pan may get hotter. Just watch your fritters so they don't burn and adjust your heat accordingly.
- Serve fritters as is or with sour cream or yogurt. Note: Enjoy immediately or properly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 days. Leftovers can be reheated in a non-stick frying pan.
- This fritter recipe yields quite a bit (about 22 butternut squash cakes, give or take). You can easily half the recipe if you like.
- Speaking of halving the recipe, rather than mess around with trying to use half an egg, just use two and add enough flour until everything sticks together.
- The quantity of flour you use may vary slightly depending on how much squash you have and the moisture level. You just want them to be able to bind/stick together.
- If you don’t have fresh corn, use well-drained canned corn instead.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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