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)
- 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.
- In a medium mixing bowl add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper.
- Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg, milk, butter or oil, and the onion.
- Stir to combine and until no dry bits remain.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat until you've used all the batter.
- 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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