Recipe for Hush Puppies

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Hush Puppies are a must with fried seafood and bbq! A flavorful cornmeal batter is fried up until golden and crispy on the outside,

Hush Puppies


Hush Puppies are fried pieces of cornmeal dough that are very popular throughout the south. They are very commonly served with fried fish and barbecue. There are many stories about the origination of hushpuppies and most seem to date back to the Civil War era. All of the stories share a common thread. These fried balls of dough were used to quiet barking dogs.


Crispy homemade Hush Puppies


Now you don’t want to share these hush puppies with your dog. They have onion in them which can make dogs very sick, plus fried foods aren’t the best thing for your 4-legged friend.

Hush Puppies


These hush puppies have just the right amount of sweetness ( I like a hush puppy on the sweet side) and are super crispy on the outside.

Hush Puppies are one of the easiest and most inexpensive foods you can make and they are positively addicting. You’ll want to pop one after the other into your mouth!

Hush Puppies

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Hush Puppies are fried until golden and have just the right amount of sweetness.
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  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal, NOT self-rising
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil


  • Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Add milk, onion, and egg and stir just until blended.
  • Pour about 2 inches of oil into a Dutch oven, large pot or deep pan. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into oil and fry until golden on all sides. Fry in batches and do not overcrowd the pan or the oil temperature will drop too much. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm.




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34 thoughts on “Recipe for Hush Puppies

  1. I made them today for the first time. They are delicious! Super simple, quick, and they came out great! Thanks for sharing all of your recipes.

  2. Christin: I noticed you used self-rising corn meal in your squash & okra hush puppies but not in the plain hush puppy recipe. Can I use self-rising in the plain hush puppy recipe?? Thanks. I can’t wait to try the squash puppies!!

  3. I will be making these today to go with a fish fry. I usually buy store bought puppies, but I want to try this. How sweet does the sugar make them? I usually don’t like sweet cakey cornbread. Thanks.

  4. These look amazing! I want to make them for my boyfriend, he likes the flavor of onion but hates the texture. Could I use onion powder instead? And if so, how much? And do you think I should add more milk to make up for the lost moisture from the onion? Thanks!

    1. Those are good questions! I would try 1 teaspoon onion powder. Or you could try grating a fresh onion. I bet he wouldn’t even notice the texture. Mix it all together and if you think it is too thick, you can add a little more milk.

    2. I’ll bet your boyfriend won’t even notice because the onions will be finely minced. I know someone who hates onions but ate pasta that had a sauce added that had onions in it and he liked the sauce. When I told him it had onions in it, he said he did not dislike onions, he just did not like biting into bits of onions. I would go ahead and make these and not tell your boyfriend what is in them and see his reaction after he eats one…….if he likes it, THEN tell him it has onion in it.

  5. I just had to comment on Darla. My dog Mya looked exactly like her! My was 1/2 cocker spaniel and 1/2 sheltie. It sounds like her mannerisms were much the same as Darla’s as well. Mya was an exceptional dog and companion. She absolutely adored me and would follow me wherever I went. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. Last November, at the old age of 16, I had to have her euthanized. It was very very sad, but I know in my heart it was her time. I miss her dearly and I hope that you get to spend many more years with Darla!

    1. Oh, I know you must miss your dear Mya so much! I’ve wondered if Darla had some cocker spaniel or sheltie in her. I really hope Darla lives to be that old. We took her to the beach a few days ago and at first she was scared of the water, but then she loved it!

  6. Darla is mostly Gordon Setter! She looks real sweet! Can’t wait to try the hush puppies
    My 2 Gordons liked anything that came out of the kitchen πŸ™‚

    1. The bowl was made by a local potter who had a booth at the farmers market we enjoy going to during the summer months. My husband and I spotted it at the same time and thought the same thing- That would make a great food bowl for Darla!

  7. Your puppy is adorable Christin and I love the fact that you rescued her and are giving her the best life possible. What a great story. Rescuing them is the best, isn’t it?
    And these hush puppies look great too! Have a beautiful week and give that beautiful girl a hug! What a nice dog!

  8. Aaw, Darla is so adorable and I love how she follows you around, she sounds so sweet:) And these hushpuppies look so crispy and delicious! Great recipe Christin!

  9. Darla is adorable! I’m a huge dog person and have never been without one — they’re the best pets ever. πŸ™‚ Those hushpuppies look incredible! I would really have trouble walking away from those!

  10. Darla is adorable!! haha she reminds me of emma sitting in front of her dish like that. Emma is super food motivated so usually about 1 hour before her normal eating time she starts whining and begging like crazy. Dogs are so funny!

    And oh hushpuppies. Ever since we moved down here I’ve been obsessed – there are a few restaurants that have such good ones! Maybe it’s time I try making my own…

  11. Oh man — I haven’t had hush puppies in YEARS! My mom used to make them on some Fridays with fish when I was a kid. I should definitely give these a try. I’m pinning for later – they look delicious!

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