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Peppery Hush Puppies

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
    6 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
4 hush puppies: 201 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Feb 1, 2018

    Very tasty! Despite the jalapenos, I did not find these spicy.

  • gunslinger
    Mar 13, 2017

    Made these tonight to go with fried crappie and they were delicious! The jalapenos and onion made them very flavorful!

  • utsd1
    Jan 12, 2016

    A friend of mine told me years ago to grate the onions instead of chopping them. It makes a big difference. The juice from the grated onions is good too.

  • slocook805
    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.

  • rllewis7
    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.

  • phjohnston
    Jul 13, 2014

    Remove sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and all purpose flour.Change flour to self 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...

  • mmbreen
    Oct 29, 2012

    No comment left

  • angelasandoval
    Aug 25, 2012

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

  • awaschlo
    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

  • dsicard
    Jul 8, 2012

    excellent! I chose to make the green peppers optional and still had great raves. this has been put in my favorites file. These are also great to serve with a country meal of blackeyed peas or pintoes with mixed greens (turnip & mustard) and mashed potatoes. thanks for sharing your recipe.