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
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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mblefare User ID: 8671326 239938
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."

GreenvilleSC User ID: 8533474 232608
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!"

NYScook User ID: 8448513 229502
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."

Tootie78 User ID: 8268594 221122
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"My husband likes them."

Charmanderxerneas User ID: 8194300 216609
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."

lackie User ID: 6704545 4814
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"used this to batter fish and it was great"

Momof4B6G User ID: 7175252 4382
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"Made these for dinner tonight to go with BBQ Pork and Coleslaw they are quick, easy and delish. Thanks"

kathydew User ID: 5244368 2345
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"This was fast and easy. I used onion salt and chopped green onion. I cut the recipe using 1/3 of the ingredients (I used the rest of the egg to dip the fish I cooked) and it made 5 small hush puppies, just enough for 2."

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 198951
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"These look good. Can they be baked instead of fried? At what temperature and for how long."

Wynded User ID: 968799 3550
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"Easy to make...this was my first time using a deep fryer & the puppies came out perfectly. I did add a little Old Bay for seasoning."

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