Hushpuppies: Crispy crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside. Make this restaurant appetizer at home in no time!
What Are Hush Puppies?
Why Are Hush Puppies Called Hush Puppies?
What Are Hush Puppies Made Of?
- Cornmeal: Made from ground corn, it provides the perfect texture. I used the brand Aunt Jemima.
- 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
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Stir in milk and egg.
- In a deep pot, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Heat around 2 inches of oil.
- Drop in oil using a cookie scoop. Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
Southern Hush Puppy Tips:
- 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.
- Do not over mix the batter. Stir until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will make them tough and dense.
- Do not overcrowd the oil. Fry a few at a time to avoid lowering the temperature of the oil.
- Use a cookie scooper to make the dough balls uniform in size and shape.
- 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?
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?
Can You Freeze Them?
What To Serve With Homemade Hushpuppies
- 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.
What do you think of these Hushpuppies? Have you ever tried one before?