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Peppery Hush Puppies Recipe
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Peppery Hush Puppies Recipe

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For our family, a good fish dinner just isn't complete without these zesty hush puppies. You can also serve them alone as a satisfying snack. —Carolyn Griffin, Macon, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup grated onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg, water, buttermilk and butter. Stir in the onion, jalapenos and green pepper. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. Yield: 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Peppery Hush Puppies in Best of Country Breads 2000, p98

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I wrote this recipe down on paper a couple of years ago and never put into my recipe til now, bad habit I need to break myself of. It was the jalapenos that got my attention to begin with. We simply do not like fish and never eat it but these are great to serve up with so many other things including as appetizers or snacks."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"These hush puppies had a perfect crispness on the outside with a light and fluffy texture in the middle. The peppers gave a welcomed spicy pop to the traditional flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"Remove sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and all purpose flour.

Change flour to self rising.
you can also purchase the jalapeno already diced...
I deep fry mine a little higher temp.
Also, use a cup of water to dip your spoon in, allows the hush puppy to slide off of your spoon easily.
And if you are deep frying fish, fry hush puppies last , this really adds to the taste..."

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"I omitted the green pepper and put in two nice large jalapenos. These are beautifully light and crispy! The best!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Thank you for this recipe.

So easy to make and so much compliments from the familie. There is left some batter in de frige, I try to make that tomorrow.
Angelika from the Netherlands"

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