Hush Puppies

(Last Updated On: August 1, 2020)

Hushpuppies:  Crispy crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside. Make this restaurant appetizer at home in no time!

Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies are easy to make and can accompany almost any dish.  If you have ever enjoyed hush puppies at your favorite restaurant but thought you could never make them at home, you couldn’t be more wrong. With this  Hush Puppies Recipe, you can enjoy them whenever the craving hits.
One bite of these hush puppies and you will be making them all the time. Super crunchy on the outside with a tender fluffy inside. Serve as a side dish with your favorite meal, and your family will come running to the table.

What Are Hush Puppies?

Hush Puppies are made from a deep fried cornbread batter. Classic Southern hush puppies are often served with seafood ,or deep fried foods.
Southern Hushpuppies Recipe

Why Are Hush Puppies Called Hush Puppies?

Hush Puppies can be traced back to 1899. It is said they got their name from hunters and fishermen who would fry some cornmeal batter and feed it to the dogs to “hush the puppies”. It is also said they were invented during the Civil War as a way to hush puppies when they would start to bark.  As someone who works at home, and takes a lot of conference calls that is something I can fully appreciate! 🙂
Homemade Hush Puppies

What Are Hush Puppies Made Of?

  • Cornmeal: Made from ground corn, it provides the perfect texture. I used the brand Aunt Jemima.
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder: Make sure your baking powder is less than a year old to ensure maximum rise.
  • Salt/Pepper/Onion Powder/Garlic Powder/Cayenne: No one wants a bland hush puppy!
  • Milk: I used whole milk, and have not tested this recipe with any other variety.
  • Egg: This helps hold everything together. Allow to sit out for a few minutes so it is room temperature if possible.
  • Vegetable Oil: Use a neutral oil that will allow the cornmeal flavor to shine. Canola oil or peanut oil would also work well.

How To Make Hush Puppies

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in milk and egg.
  3. In a deep pot, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Heat around 2 inches of oil.
  4. Drop in oil using a cookie scoop. Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

Southern Hush Puppy Tips:

  1. Ensure your oil is the right temperature. If the oil it too cold you’ll get greasy under cooked hushpuppies. However, if the oil is too hot the outside will be done, but the inside will be under cooked.
  2. Do not over mix the batter. Stir until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will make them tough and dense.
  3. Do not overcrowd the oil. Fry a few at a time to avoid lowering the temperature of the oil.
  4. Use a cookie scooper to make the dough balls uniform in size and shape.
  5. When working in batches, store cooked hushpuppies in the oven on the keep warm section until you are done frying.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Are My Hush Puppies Falling Apart?

There are two reasons that homemade hush puppies may fall apart. First, it can be because the batter is too thin. If the batter is too thin, they will break apart instead of holding together as they fry. The other reason that the hush puppies could be falling apart is because the batter is too cold. If the batter is too cold, the hush puppies will be crumbly and greasy. Allow batter to come to room temperature before frying.

What Sauces Go Good With Hush Puppies?

I love using Cajun aoli, Comeback Sauce, or honey mustard. However please feel free to use your favorite.

Can You Make Them Ahead?

I do not suggest making hush puppies ahead of time. They are best served fresh. Do not fry them until you’re ready to enjoy them. If you want to save time, you can make the batter ahead of time. Store covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before frying.

Can You Freeze Them?

Hush puppies will freeze well for up to 3 months. When you are thaw and eat the hush puppies, you can thaw them in the microwave for about a minute. Then bake them in the oven for about 7 minutes on 400 degrees. Avoid re-frying hush puppies as ice crystal can cause the oil to splatter.

What To Serve With Homemade Hushpuppies

The great thing about hush puppies is that it makes a great side dish for most foods. Anything that goes well with cornbread goes fantastic with hush puppies. You can pair them with grilled or fried chicken, steak, chili, and just about any seafood. Some of our favorites are:

Hush Puppies Recipe



Hushpuppies:  Crispy crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside. Make this restaurant appetizer at home in no time! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Best, Fried
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 261kcal
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  • 1 1/2 Cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying


  • In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt/pepper, garlic/onion powder, and cayenne.
  • Stir in onion and egg. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • In a deep pot, heat about 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees F. Scoop batter into hot oil a few at a time. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.


Recipe adapted from: Spicy Southern Kitchen.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg
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