I created this recipe for my cookbook, Vineyard Harvest, which was published 15 years ago. This recipe is one of the most stolen, and I mean that with love. Lots of chefs — from caterers to private chefs — added it to their repertoire, and I thank them because these fritters are seriously delicious and simple. They can be fried ahead of time and reheated which doesn’t always work with fried food; these hold up really well. You can serve them with a cocktail sauce or maybe a lemon aioli.
Lobster and Sweet Corn Fritters
Heat oil in a deep pan on a stovetop or use a home deep fryer at 350-375℉.
1 qt. frying oil
1 cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup red pepper, finely diced
1½ cups lobster meat, cooked and diced
¾ cup corn kernels, fresh off the cob; you can use frozen, just make sure they are not wet
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup milk
4 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. garlic-chili paste or 1 Tbsp. sriracha
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Mix all ingredients except dry ingredients (salt, baking powder, and flour) in a large bowl. Combine well and add dry ingredients. I like to put a bowl of ice under the bowl of my fritter batter to keep the batter cool; it is much easier to work with. The batter should not be too loose.
When the oil is at the right temperature, use a 1oz. ice cream scoop or heaping teaspoon to try and round out into a ball. Gently add to hot oil, be careful not to splash. With tongs, move the fritters around in the hot oil so they cook to golden brown evenly.
Drain on a paper bag or paper towel.