Basil & Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Salsa

a stack of five corn cakes on a plate with a blue checkered paper. the cakes are topped with tomato avocado salsa

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These Basil & Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Salsa are the perfect summer appetizer (or light lunch). Make the salsa first so it has time to rest to let the flavours combine.


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  • 6 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow, orange or red)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from 1 lime (more if you like)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Corn Cakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked corn kernels (see tips)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying


Make the Salsa first:

  1. Chop the tomatoes, mango, avocado, bell peppers, green onion, basil and cilantro. I like to chop them small, so the salsa isn’t too chunky.
  2. Mince the garlic. Juice the lime.
  3. Then in a large bowl, combine all of the salsa ingredients together.
  4. Set aside and make the corn cakes.

Making the Corn Cakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. I like to serve all of the corn cakes at the same time, so I just add the cooked cakes to the oven to stay warm as I make the rest.
  2. In a food processor pulse 2 cups of the corn (keep the other 1/2 cup aside), until it is slightly pureed but still chunky. When done, put the pureed corn into a bowl with the 1/2 cup whole corn kernels and mix.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter until smooth.
  4. Then mix in the corn, green onion and fresh basil. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  6. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  7. In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add some vegetable oil for frying, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, you don’t need much.
  8. Add the batter 1/4 cup at a time, gently flattening the batter into pancakes.
  9. Cook each side of the corn cakes for 1 – 2 minutes, until they are golden brown. It is best to not crowd the pan, so only make 4 – 5 at a time.
  10. When the corn cakes are done, transfer them to the oven to keep warm (refer to the image above).
  11. Serve with the fresh salsa and enjoy!

Keywords: corn cakes, fresh salsa