Down-Home Hush Puppies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 20 min.


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Dec. 16, 2023
Hush puppies are 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
Down-Home Hush Puppies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Canola oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Do not stir again.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat 2-3 in. 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.
Self-rising Flour-1 cup
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.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 hush puppy: 73 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.