Down Home Hush Puppies Recipe

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Hush puppies is a classic side served at many get-togethers in the south. The sweet and spicy flavor has delighted friends and family for decades.—Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 89 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine first seven ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. Do not stir again.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat 2-3 in. of oil to 375°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for 1 cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.
Originally published as Down Home Hush Puppies in Reminisce September/October 1991, p39

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Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"were very easy and fried up fluffy and light, I only had sweet red peppers so I used that and some old bay."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"I omitted the jalapenos due to my children but still very tasty. Will make again!"

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