Savory Corn Griddle Cakes (Gluten + Dairy Free) Inspired by Our Favorite Tapas Bar

When I look back over the years that Todd and I have been together some of my fondest memories revolve around date night. When we lived in Tennessee, one of our favorite places to go was this great little Tapas Bar on the North Shore in Chattanooga. I always felt so special when Todd took me there and the food was never disappointing. We would share small little delectable bites of food paired with fine red wine and would talk and laugh for what seemed like hours.

Since our new dietary restrictions have been in place we haven’t really ventured back out to find a date night spot here in Atlanta so I thought that I would create our own little Tapas Bar at home this weekend. My savory corn griddle cakes are packed with flavor and super easy to make, they pair really well with red wine and since they are gluten and dairy free I can just relax and enjoy a nice evening at home with my husband. Now if I could only find someone to do the dishes for us our at home date night would be perfect.

If you’ve tried this Savory Corn Griddle Cakes Recipe, I would be so grateful if you would rate it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours!

Savory GF + DF  Corn Griddle Cakes: 

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels, stripped from the cob

1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour Mix (find the recipe link here.)

1/4 cup gluten-free yellow corn meal

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 cup coconut milk, unflavored

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

Garnish of choice

In a 12-inch cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the fresh corn kernels in an even layer and sprinkle liberally with salt. Cook without stirring for 3-5 minutes until the kernels are sizzling. Resist the urge to stir and shake the skillet gently to move the kernels around. Continue cooking in an even layer and shaking the pan every 3 or 4 minutes until all of the corn kernels are browned. This usually takes about 15-17 minutes total. Once browned remove the kernels from the skillet and set aside reserving 2 Tbsp. of the kernels for garnish.

In a medium bowl whisk together the brown rice flour mix, cornmeal, 1/4 tsp salt, and baking powder. Whisk in the unflavored coconut milk, egg and the remaining 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil. Mix just until the batter is smooth and stir in the chopped onion, jalapeno and the remaining browned corn kernels your batter will be runny.

Wipe out the cast iron skillet with a lightly oiled paper towel and heat over medium heat. Drop batter by 1- 2 Tbsp. measures; cook until browned on one side and the batter appears to be set about 1 minute. The edges will bubble like a pancake does when it is time to flip. Once you flip the corn griddle cake it takes less than a minute to cook through. Repeat with the remaining batter set aside and keep warm until ready to serve.

Now here is the extra fun part, you can swap this up any way that you want using ingredients that you have on hand. My plan for this weekend is to top with Smokey Black Beans, Roasted Poblano + Cilantro Cashew Cream, fresh pico de gallo and the 2 Tbsp. of corn kernels that I reserved.

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What are the health benefits of corn?

Corn is a low fat, gluten free cereal grain that contains a good amount of fiber and protein. It also boasts several different nutrients like Vitamin B6 and potassium. Corn helps to improve heart health and regulate blood pressure.

Click here for more information on the health benefits of corn.

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  1. thewanderingvegan June 29, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I’m definitely going to give a vegan version of these a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Beard + Bonnet June 30, 2012 at 5:20 am

      I would love to hear how they turn out! What type of egg substitute do you normally use?

      1. leah August 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

        I’m so impressed with your new diet!!! So hard to do. NO MORE BACON???

        1. admin August 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

          I have to admit that I do add the occasional bacon crumbles to my food. Only gluten-free bacon though and I add it after the meal is on my plate to avoid bacon cross contamination! Haha! We had to make the transition to gluten and dairy free because of Kash. Poor little guy was sick for the first 14 months of his life. Now without gluten and dairy he is thriving and growing.


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