Fresh Corn Cakes with Garden Relish

Highlight the flavors of summer with these fresh corn cakes topped with a sweet pepper, basil, and corn homemade relish.

Fresh Corn Cakes with Garden Relish
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cup fresh corn kernels

  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup quick-cooking polenta mix

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe Garden Relish

  • Small fresh basil leaves (optional)

Garden Relish

  • 1 large seeded and chopped red sweet pepper

  • 1 ½ cup fresh corn kernels

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup chopped basil

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add corn and onion. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until onion is just tender. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Place half of the corn mixture in a food processor. Cover and process until nearly smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk and egg.

  2. In another bowl stir together the polenta mix, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the polenta mixture to the buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. Stir in the remaining corn mixture.

  3. In a very large skillet heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. For each corn cake, pour about 1/4 cup batter into hot skillet; spread batter if necessary. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Add more oil to skillet as needed when frying remaining cakes. Spoon relish over corn cakes and, if desired, top with basil. Makes 6 (2-cake) servings

Garden Relish

  1. In a bowl combine 1 large seeded and chopped red sweet pepper, 1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and 1/4 cup chopped basil. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
9g Fat
61g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 558mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 33.7mg 168%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 375mg 8%
Folate, total 76.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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