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Hush Puppies Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: Makes 15 hushpuppies 1x


This hush puppies recipe makes golden balls of lightly seasoned cornbread that are a perfect side for fried fish or any other meal. Easier to make than you'd think!


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or light oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion or finely chopped green onion (white and green parts)
  • 2 quarts oil for frying (such as canola, vegetable, or peanut oil)


  1. In a medium to large Dutch oven, cast iron fryer, or heavy bottom pan add the oil and start preheating it over medium to medium high heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg, milk, butter or oil, and the onion.
  5. Stir to combine and until no dry bits remain.
  6. When the oil reaches 350 degrees F. (I like to use a paddle thermometer to monitor my oil temperatures when frying), add the cornmeal mixture one rounded tablespoon at a time (a cookie scoop works really well for scooping up the batter and getting it into the hot oil).
  7. Place a few hush puppies in the oil to fry and allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes or until a deep golden brown.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon or a spider strain and place the cooked hush puppies on a plate or rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb the extra grease.
  9. Repeat until you've used all the batter.
  10. Serve right away and enjoy hot.


  • You can keep your first batches of hush puppies warm in a 200 degree F oven while you are cooking the others.
  • I use green onions because I like the color but using grated onion has a more pronounced onion flavor, so if you like that yummy onion flavor, choose the grated white or yellow onion.
  • This recipe if really easy to scale up if you are making it for a crowd.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: side
  • Method: fry
  • Cuisine: American

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