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Recipe for Hush Puppies

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

Hush Puppies are fried until golden and have just the right amount of sweetness.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes


  • 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.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Southern

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35 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. Rita Cantrell

    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!!

    1. I’ve made these several times for my Texan sons-in-law and they tell me they are the best they have ever had! I’ve tried several recipes and for this Texas woman, these are hands down the best!!!

  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.

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