Savory Corn Cakes

These savory corn cakes are easy to make and will be a perfect side to any southwest meal. We even ate them for breakfast!

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Today, I’m excited to tell you about another friend’s book  — The New Southwest.  The book is written by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta Bakes (<–that’s my “a day in the life” feature of her — if you want to head to her site, click this link).

I had a hard time choosing what recipe I would make from this beautiful book. It’s full of great southwestern recipes — in Meagan’s words, “classic flavors with a modern twist.”

The New Southwest

Meagan starts by going through the basic ingredients of southwestern cooking so that you’re well-acquainted with everything and there are no surprises. This section of the book will make sure you have the essential ingredients and tools to create any recipe in this book. Then she delves into building block recipes: Salsas, sauces, tortillas, fry bread, condiments and more. Then comes more deliciousness — for every meal of the day! Breakfasts include Mushroom and Leek Migas, Sweet Glazed Avocado Doughnuts, and Caramel Soaked Mexican Chocolate Pancakes.  She covers some mouth-watering southwestern beverages before moving on to appetizers and snacks where I bookmarked Black Bean and Corn Quesaditas (on the cover!), Spiced Snack Mix, and Savory Baked Pumpkin Flautas. There is a section on breads and then you’ll find these Savory Corn Cakes tucked in with other great side dishes.

Then she moves on to main courses, things to be made on the grill (I’m starting to forget what the grill is, but I have faith the weather will get warm eventually), then desserts and some extras at the end for that extra special meal or occasion. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.

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I’m so glad I chose these corn cakes as my first recipe to try out from Meagan’s book. They are so good and quickly became a favorite. The crispy corn tucked away in the soft cakes with the flavorful green onions make these a perfect side dish or even a breakfast! I hope you love them as much as we did.

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Savory Corn Cakes

Yield: 12-14 corn cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch

Total Time: 18 minutes

These savory corn cakes are easy to make and will be a perfect side to any southwest meal. We even ate them for breakfast!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups canned or cooked fresh whole corn kernels
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, sour cream, and egg together. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing just until you have a smooth, uniform batter. Fold in the corn and green onions.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat (assuming you will be frying these corn cakes in batches, I recommend adding approximately 1 tablespoon of oil to your pan before cooking each batch). Using 1/4 cup measure, portion out 3 or 4 corn cakes into the skillet. Fry corn cakes for approximately 3 minutes on the first side, until air holes appear across the top of each corn cake, and their shapes are set and matte colored. Flip and cook 3 to 4 more minutes, until corn cakes are cooked through. Serve immediately. Continue cooking batches of corn cakes until all the batter is used.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The New Southwest by Meagan Micozzi

Order the book and have it in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book to review at no charge but was not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own as always. Post contains an affiliate link.

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  1. I like anything southwestern. It’s my favorite kind of food.

  2. Anything with black beans, lime and cilantro gets my vote!!

  3. Possole wins hands down. Especially if eaten with loved ones in a resturant in Old Albequrque. Oh my goodness was that an eye opener for a person who grew up on the rather bland midwestern meat and potatoes. The good news is I can almost replicate it. Almost. May have to do a another road trip to New Mexico to get it right. Would love to add the cookbook to my collection.

  4. I don’t think there is anything Southwest inspired that I wouldn’t like. 😀

  5. My favorite southwestern inspired food is fajitas although those corn cakes look delicious.

  6. I like it all. Beans, corn, cilantro, lime, salsa whats not to like.

  7. I love tostadas.

  8. Anything with black beans, lime, and pico is A++ in my book

  9. Grew up on Tex Mex – could eat it daily. I especially like dishes with chili con queso, beans, guacamole.
    Looks like a fun cookbook!

  10. I love refried beans from scratch…

  11. I would have to say corn tacos

  12. homemade pork tamales!

  13. Those corn cakes look like they could become my favorites, but currently my favorites are chipotle shrimp posole and chiles rellenos.

  14. If black beans and chipotle are involved, I’m in!

  15. I love tacos and salsa!!!

  16. Cheesecake factory has his amazing Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes which I am trying to replicate since they taste soo good

  17. I absolutely love Mexican food and of course these savory corn cakes.

  18. I love tamales , corn cakes and guacamole !

  19. Definitely street tacos with grilled chicken, fresh, salsa, cilantro, etc!

  20. I love southwestern-style quesadillas with bacon!

  21. Black bean dip, salsa, I love southwest flavors and these corn cakes look good I will have to make them for my family. Thank you

  22. i like a pozole

  23. Fajitas, tacos, salsa, tortilla soup all homemade favorites.

  24. I love black beans, lime, and rice

  25. love quesadillas!

  26. Salsa is a must have for all meals and black beans and corn meal concoctions appear in my menu often

  27. Love tamales…. a flavorful chili… a picked from the garden salsa fresca…. limes and cilantro make my tastebuds happy!

    I am loving the visuals and recipe on those corn cakes…. I am a lover of savory foods…. even at breakfast! I’ll take a plate of that!! 🙂

  28. Quesadilla’s for sure!

  29. It depends on the season…..chicken tortilla soup in the cool months, corn and black bean salad in the summer, fresh salsa in the late summer, corn cakes anytime, pickled jalapeños on any sandwich (except pbj), guacamole anytime…I love it all.

  30. I love SW inspired food – especially capirotada.

  31. Fried chicken is my favorite.

  32. Anything southwest is awesome…I love my bean burritos with sour cream poblano sauce! Anything with black beans….or rice!

  33. I love chorizo quesadillas!

  34. I like anything with corn tortillas & black beans!

  35. I like summer food using fresh ingredients from the garden. Salsas, shrimp stuffed peppers, anything with corn!!

  36. any and all of it…i love those flavors.

  37. I love all things Southwest food related – my most recent is stuffed peppers with savory scones!

  38. I like anything with black beans. These corn cakes look awesome and I know my family would love them.

  39. Corn and cheddar quesadillas are probably my favorite!

  40. If fajitas count I’m totally choosing those 🙂

  41. One of my favorite foods (and I only have the energy to make the once a year) are tamales. YUM!

  42. Guacamole for sure!!! I love cilantro in anything.

  43. Im not sure if this is considered southwestern, but i loveeee enchiladas!

  44. I’ve got a big crush on black bean and corn salsa these days.

  45. I totally bought this cookbook a few months back and adore it! I’m a sucker for corn cakes, and these look perfect!

  46. My favorite southwestern-inspired food is definitely fajitas we love them here with beef, chicken or shrimp they are great

  47. Oh, this looks amazing – just beautiful! And I so appreciate learning about this wonderful new book! Sweet Glazed Avocado Doughnuts?? Caramel Soaked Mexican Chocolate Pancakes??? Fabulous! 😀

  48. i love nachos, quesedillas!

  49. Shrimp tacos with tomatillo-avocado salsa with soft tortillas! So delish.

  50. I love stuffed poblanos!

  51. Hands down, tamales! My favorite are the green corn style, which are delicous.

  52. Anything that accompanies black beans and corn tortillas!

  53. Green Chile Cheeseburgers.

  54. My favorite Southwestern- inspired meals is quesadillas made with sauteed greens from my CSA box.

  55. Can I choose that recipe as my new favorite?

  56. My favorite is fajitas.

  57. I love stacked enchiladas with a fried egg on top!

  58. black bean burrito bowls – I LOVE THEM!

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