Corn and Kale Skillet Cakes Recipe

“My kids hate kale,” one friend confided recently, “But they sure love these cakes!” Loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals, and fiber, Corn and Kale Skillet Cakes make a great breakfast or super dinner side dish.

Either way, kids and adults alike will enjoy these little rounds bursting with the goodness of corn and immune-enhancing kale.

Similar to the johnnycakes that sustained the early pioneers. Make some for your own little pioneers!

1 cup flour
1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn
2 cups finely chopped, firmly packed kale
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
2 cups milk
1 cup diced onion (optional)
Butter or oil for frying

1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt, corn and kale.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs, melted butter or oil, and milk to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix briefly.

3. Heat butter or oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion, if using, and saute until golden.

4. Add the sautéed onion to the batter, mix again, then drop about 1/4 cup batter per cake into the hot skillet, adding more oil or butter as needed to keep cakes from sticking. Cook until cakes begin to bubble, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook until the other side is golden, 1 or 2 minutes longer. Serve warm.

Serves 4-6.

Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).


Mike R
Mike R2 months ago


Mike R
Mike R2 months ago


William C
William C1 years ago


Robin R.
Robin R6 years ago

Sounds yummy! I will substitute almond milk for cow's, and pumpkin for eggs to make this vegan and add a nice extra bit of flavour.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez6 years ago

Will have to try these. I'll probably have to double the recipe, as my kids will gobble them up!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic7 years ago


Lynn C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Can't wait to try these...