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Mexican Corn Cakes


Top these traditional skillet cakes with our Spiced Shredded Pork.

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  • Yield: Makes 8

Photography: Victoria Pearson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


  • 1 1/2 cups masa harina
  • 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 or frozen corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Whisk together masa harina, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in cheese and corn kernels. Add water, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring after each addition until mixture holds together.

  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, scoop a heaping 1/3 cup mixture, and use your hands to shape into a patty, about 1/3 inch thick. Repeat with remaining mixture, forming 8 patties.

  3. Working in batches of 4, fry patties, turning once, until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. If pan becomes dry, add 2 tablespoons oil for second batch. Cover patties with foil to keep warm, up to 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

You can find masa harina, Mexican corn flour, in the ethnic section of many supermarkets. Cotija, also known as queso anejado, is a crumbly, aged white cheese; look for it in specialty-food stores or Mexican or Latin markets.

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  • klokanek
    24 JUN, 2012
    Amazing! I followed the recipe exactly and found it very easy, and my company raved about how good they were. I like Bob's Red Mill masa harina, though there are other brands. It's definitely worth the effort to find it and the cotija!