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Hush Puppies Recipe

This Southern Hush Puppies recipe creates the most tender and flavorful little balls of fried cornmeal batter. Perfect for serving alongside your favorite seafood!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword homemade hush puppies, hush puppies recipe, southern hush puppies recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 fritters
Calories 52kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup very finely chopped or grated Vidalia onion


  • In a large cast iron Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat about 2 inches of oil over high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer.
  • To make the batter, in a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. In a second bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and onion. Season with additional salt and pepper.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. The mixture should resemble wet sand, so add more buttermilk, as necessary.
  • Line a wire cooling rack with paper towels and set near the stovetop. To fry the hush puppies, use a small cookie dough scoop or large spoon to drop the batter into the oil. Fry in batches of 4 at a time until golden and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per batch. Set on the paper towel-lined rack to drain. Serve warm.


  • You can omit the diced onion, substitute with a pinch of dried onion powder, or use sliced green onion or chives instead.
  • Sweet Hush Puppies Recipe: Hush puppies are typically savory (not sweet); however, you can increase the sugar to 2 tablespoons for a sweeter taste. Try serving the hush puppies with honey butter, honey mustard or pepper jelly for an added sweet touch.
  • Hush Puppies with Corn: try adding ½ cup - 1 cup of corn kernels to the batter for more texture and flavor.
  • Cajun Hush Puppies Recipe: try adding diced bell peppers or pimentos to the onion in the batter. A little bit of Cajun seasoning adds great spice!
  • Other seasonings to add to the batter: we keep it simple with salt, pepper, onion and a touch of sugar; however, you can also add garlic powder, paprika, or herbs such as thyme, parsley or rosemary.
  • For some added spice, try stirring minced jalapenos or red pepper flakes into the batter.


Serving: 1hush puppy (not including any oil absorbed during the cooking process) | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg