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Peppery Hush Puppies Recipe

Peppery Hush Puppies Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 263432
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

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

utsd1 User ID: 8089682 241597
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7734059 220801
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."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 30983
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."

phjohnston User ID: 7887636 88010
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..."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 105569
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

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

awaschlo User ID: 6335178 36440
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"

dsicard User ID: 1455080 73492
Reviewed 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."

Tater Salad User ID: 2930533 204407
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Haven't made this yet, but I know a good recipe when I see it. I'm thinking of adding 2 cans of chopped clams and make a fantastic "Clam Fritter". Omit the water and use clam juice with beer instead. done any way I know this is a winner."

corpuscissy User ID: 5655143 123395
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"Can't wait to try this recipe ! Sounds like the ones served at a favorite fish restaurant, but Taste of home can you set this up to only print the recipe and NOT the ads ? Waste of printer ink !! Thanks for the recipe Carolyn !"

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