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Hush Puppies

A fish dinner isn’t complete without a side of hush puppies, and my mom is well-known for this recipe. It's the best! —Mary McGuire, Graham, NC
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • In a cast-iron Dutch oven or an electric skillet, heat oil to 365°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Hush Puppies Tips

What oil do you use for hush puppies?

Peanut or vegetable oil are best for frying hush puppies. Both oils have a higher smoke point, which means they can be heated to a higher temperature before they start to break down. Read more about cooking oils and check out our other deep fryer recipes.

Why do my hush puppies fall apart?

The key to keeping hush puppies together is making sure the oil is heated to the correct temperature. Add 3-4 inches of oil to your skillet or Dutch oven, and using a thermometer, heat the oil to 365-375°. Periodically check the temperature while frying to make sure it remains between 350 and 375°. Be sure to follow our other frying tips.

What do you serve hush puppies with?

Hush puppies are fantastic as a snack when paired with spicy ketchup or aioli sauce. They are also a great complement to crispy fish and chips and family-favorite fried chicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 hush puppie: 55 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


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  • Robert
    Jan 27, 2021

    I made these and they are easy but boring. I would just add some spice or sugar.

  • Charmaine
    Jan 27, 2021

    Made this for the first time today and it was delicious! I made a few changes. 1) Used 1 tsp onion powder instead of chopped onions as I did not want the pieces of onion in the bread. 2) Added an extra tablespoon of flour as the batter seemed to thin. 3) Used almond milk and gluten-free (measure-for-measure) flour because of my food sensitivities. This will definitely make it into my regular menu rotation!

  • Carla
    Nov 22, 2020

    Just wondering do you have to use buttermilk or 2% milk can you use regular milk to make them

  • Linda
    May 17, 2020

    Used this recipe for my first time ever making hush puppies and it was a HUGE hit! Light and fluffy yet crunchy

  • Laura
    Feb 12, 2020

    I have made hush puppies before, but they didn't turn out as good as these! I used self rising corn meal, so I just didn't add the baking powder. Had some trouble making them round, but the shapes didn't matter, they were delicious!!

  • Hope
    Feb 11, 2020

    Is it self rising cornmeal

  • Hj
    Dec 27, 2019

    Gross!! Too much onion!! Do not recommend unless you want onion breath for the next week

  • Candace
    Sep 20, 2019

    Followed the recipe to the letter has instructed. They came out positively stunning… so simple. Unfortunately they also came out devoid of flavor.

  • Jennifer
    Sep 9, 2019

    This was delicious and so easy! I followed another reviewers advice and separated the egg and whipped up the egg white and folded it in. My husband and I have never had good luck with making hush puppies, yay for this recipe!

  • christina
    May 29, 2019

    Fantastic base recipe. As reviewers mentioned, it is fairly bland. I omitted the onion in the recipe and replaced with green onions in the batter along with a pinch more salt, white pepper, and a tiny hit of sriracha. The flavor profile choices are endless here. These cook quickly and turned out crisp on the outside, nice and tender in the center.