Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, 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 large cast-iron or 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.
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Nutrition Facts1 hush puppie: 55 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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.
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!
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.
Dec 1, 2018
This is actually pretty much the standard basic recipe and flavor profile for Southern Hush Puppies though most folks I know today use buttermilk instead of plain milk. Personally I always add a few splashes of Tabasco or Crystal hot sauce (on occasion I may use Schiracha or homemade Sambal Olek instead) , a large clove of grated fresh garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, replace the AP Flour with finely ground corn flour (Masa) and of course our own farm fresh buttermilk. Also separate the egg yolk (add yolk to wet ingredients) from the whites and just as the oil reaches the proper temp for frying fold in the egg white whipped to soft peaks to help make them light and airy. The consistancy of the batter should be like a thin Mush so if it is too thick add a tablespoon of milk at a time until it is correct. Doing the above allows them to cook through and be crisp and fluffy instead of dense and doughy. Old Bay, Cajun or any other seasoning you enjoy is great and we love them too but the traditional style in the South is to keep it simple with flavorings.
Sep 26, 2018
Very helpful to get an idea on how to start hush puppies. Thank you for sharing. For anyone checking reviews first, Just taste by cooking one or two first. Then add to the wet dough/batter salt or other spices. I added butter to my batter and a few others spices. I was happy on the fourth try. little less than a tablespoon helps dough cook all the way through and I say about 4-5 min total cook time. About 1.5-2 min and then turn 1.5-2 min again. Enjoy.
Oct 2, 2017
Really good recipe! These are light and crunchy: very good. Next time, I will add a bit more salt, and some sugar to my taste. Here's a few keys to success. Don't make the hush puppies too large or the oil too hot; the hush puppies will be raw in the middle.
Aug 15, 2017
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.
Jul 17, 2017
This is my first time trying a recipe from Taste of Home. My granddaughter had found the recipe on your site and we looked forward to making them together.I had not read the reviews which I should have as the Hush Puppies were a disappointment. The batter was thin, the taste was very bland...not tasty at all.After the fact, I then reviewed the Reviews....
Jul 8, 2017
Great recipe! Every time I fly down to The Gulf in Clearwater Fla, I order these. I made these at home and they came out perfect.
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.