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Mexican Corn Cakes

Cotija, also known as queso anejado, is a crumbly, aged white cheese; look for it in specialty food stores or Latin markets. Feta cheese can be used in its place. Serve with Ponzu-Braised Chicken.

  • servings: 4




  • 1 1/2 cups masa harina (Mexican corn flour) or cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh (from about 2 large ears) or frozen unthawed corn kernels
  • 3/4 to 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup safflower or other neutral tasting oil, plus more if needed


  1. Step 1

    Whisk together masa harina, flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in cheese and corn. Stirring constantly, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, just until mixture holds together.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Shape a heaping 1/3 cup corn mixture into a patty about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat, forming 8 patties total. Fry patties in two batches, turning once, until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side; add more oil, if needed, between batches. Using a slotted spatula, transfer to paper towels. Tent cakes with parchment, then foil, to keep warm.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011