Summer 2022

Libby Silbermann’s Spicy Sweetcorn, Courgette, and Feta Fritters Topped with a Crispy Fried Egg and Zhoug Butter

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Sweetcorn Fritters


1 Corn on the Cob, or 200g Sweetcorn

2 Spring Onions, Finely Sliced

1 Courgette, Grated

50g Self-Raising Flour

30g Feta, Crumbled

1 Beaten Egg (Extra for frying on top)

Small Handful of Chopped Coriander

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

2 Eggs to Fry

Zhoug Butter:

50g Coriander, Chopped

20g Parsley, Chopped

1 Green Chilli, Deseeded and Chopped

1 Tsp Ground Cumin

1 Lemon, Juiced

100g Softened Butter

Large Pinch of Maldon Salt


Sweetcorn is sweet and nutty and one of my favourite vegetables. You can’t go wrong with a buttery corn on the cob in the summer but here I’m combining them with courgette and feta, to make the most delicious and moreish fritters. Topped with a crispy egg and a fragrant zhoug butter they make a seriously nice brunch.

  1. Start by making the fritters – grate the courgette and then squeeze out any excess liquid in a tea towel, pop these into a large bowl. Add the sweetcorn, crumbled feta, chopped coriander, 1 beaten egg, self-raising flour and cumin seeds. Mix well to form a batter and season well.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan and spoon in the fritter mix to make patties. Fry them for 3 minutes on each side until golden. Remove and place on a plate in the oven to keep warm.
  3. To make the zhoug butter place chopped coriander, parsley, garlic and green chilli into a food processor. Add some cumin, a good pinch of Maldon Salt, lemon juice and olive oil and blitz until it forms a paste. Next add the softened butter and plenty of seasoning and blitz again. Set aside.
  4. In a small frying pan heat some oil and fry off the eggs, you want the oil to be nice and hot so the edges of the egg go nice and crispy. Once the egg is nearly cooked, add some of the zhoug butter to the pan and baste the egg in it.
  5. Plate up – serve 2 or 3 fritters piled up on a plate with a crispy fried egg and drizzle over the zhoug butter from the frying pan. Sprinkle over some coriander leaves and serve.
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