Hush Puppies Recipe
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Hush Puppies Recipe

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Mom is well known for her wonderful hush puppies. Her recipe is easy to prepare and gives tasty results. The chopped onion adds to the great flavor. -Mary McGuire, Graham, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the egg, milk and onion; add to dry ingredients just until combined.
  2. In a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet, heat oil to 365°. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls into oil. Fry 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Hush Puppies in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p35

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Good texture but as others have mentioned a bit bland. GREAT for a base recipe. I added cooked bacon, shrimp and some corn and they were great. Spice wise a bit of paprika and garlic as well."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"I used buttermilk, added a little sugar and a little more salt. The temp was about 315 degrees when I began and they did great. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"Great recipe. I agree with the other reviews that say its kind of bland, so a few tweaks I would recommend:

1. Add 1 Tsp of garlic power
2. Use just a little LESS than 3/4 cup of milk to make the batter thicker.
3. Make the batter and let it sit for 10 minutes before you use it. The thicker the batter the better the results. My first batch was thin and it did not fry properly. It fried like funnel cake and did not have good shape, By making the batter (slightly) thicker the results were perfect."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"My husband likes them."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"I'm vegan so I used flax seed (egg substitute) and almond milk, but even then, I could still taste the greatness. It fell apart in the pan, so my mom,(Im only 12) Added a bunch of spices. My mom didn't like the sound of "serves 4-6". She made me triple the batch. We're going to have hush puppies for a while now....but all in all, great taste!

The spices were onion powder, garlic powder, and a bit of sugar."

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