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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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  1. 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. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      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.

  2. 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. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      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!

  3. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Awwwww, Darla is a cutie! Love the name too. Oh man, hushpuppies are so good! I wish I didn’t dread deep-frying things…or maybe it’s a good thing cuz i’d be eating this every day 😉

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I usually dread deep-frying too and do it rarely. But that makes it extra special when I do 🙂

  4. 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 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      She does look a lot like a Gordon Setter doesn’t she, but she doesn’t have any of the brown they usually have on their faces so I don’t know.

  5. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Hushpuppies are so popular in the south but I never see them served here in New England. 🙁

  6. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I haven’t had hushpuppies in a very long time. They look perfect.
    Beautiful dog! I love the silky black. Beautiful bowl too. Where did you find it?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      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. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    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!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Rescue dogs are the absolute best pets ever. They totally know they’ve been given a second chance. Have a great week Kristi!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, dogs really do make the best friends 🙂 I really want a grill with a side burner. That must be awesome!

  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. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Your dog is so adorable aaaawwh. And this recipe for hushpuppy looks incredible. So crispy!! I’ve nver tried them, but I’d love to do so soon ;–)

  10. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Aww – Darla is adorable! We rescued a puppy last year and his body looks similar to Darla’s but we have no clue what he is either. Vet told us he might be a Newfoundland mix. It’s too funny Darla got to her bowl early for dinner! I need to give Alpo a try!

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

  12. Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com

    These hush puppies look delicious!! Before I went Gluten free I used to love them! YUM!!

  13. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Awww your doggie is precious! There’s nothing like having a dog by your side, I don’t know what I’d do without my little guy. And of course, I love me a good ol’ fashioned hush puppy. Yum!

  14. 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…

  15. Amy (Savory Moments)

    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!

  16. Bam's Kitchen

    Darla is precious and her coat is so silky. I have a little puppy and he is indeed my best bud. His name is Buddy and he lives up to it. Great looking hushpuppies.

  17. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Darla is such a cutie! A good friend of mine had a dog that looked just like her and he was the sweetest dog. Thanks so much for sharing your hushpuppy recipe, I love when they are super crispy on the outside!

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