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Cornmeal Fritters (Arepitas de Maíz)

These crunchy, semi-sweet cornmeal fritters are great for an afternoon snack, as a side dish or served as hors d'oeuvres.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Dominican, Latin
Servings: 10 fritters
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 ½ cup frying oil


  • In a medium bowl combine corn flour, egg and butter using a spoon. Add salt to warm water and mix in with corn flour. Put in the anise seed and finally add the sugar. Make sure the mix is well combined.
  • Add oil to a small frying pan and place on the stove at medium heat. When the oil is hot put tablespoons of the mixture into the oil. Fry each side for about 2-3 minutes or until they turn to a golden color.


  • Mix the ingredients well. Everything should be thoroughly combined, with no dry flour left, for an even texture.
  • Place the arepitas de maiz batter into hot oil. Check that the oil is hot enough by dropping a small amount of batter in. If it bubbles in the oil, then you are ready to cook.
  • Make them vegan by swapping the butter for a plant based variety.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg