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Southern Hush Puppies
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4.82 from 16 votes

Southern Hush Puppies

In the South, nothing goes better with a plate of crispy fried shrimp or fish than a side of Southern Hush Puppies. They are amazingly easy to prepare, and insanely delicious to eat! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 24 Hush Puppies
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal
  • ¾ cups (3.75 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup diced sweet onion (about ½ medium onion)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • Peanut oil for frying (See Note 1)


  • Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches in a dutch oven; heat to 375° F. (See Note 2)
  • Whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add onion; stir to combine. 
  • Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in 3 batches for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. (See Note 3)
  • Remove from oil; drain on wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet.
  • Keep warm in 200° F oven.
  • Yield: 1 ½ to 2 dozen Southern Hush Puppies.


  1. I tend to use peanut oil because it can withstand high temperatures. However, vegetable oil would also work here. I would avoid olive oil.
  2. I always use a thermometer to ensure the proper oil temperature. The reason is that the hush puppies tend to be greasy if cooked at too low a temperature. Also, the outside tends to overcook if they are cooked at too high a temperature.
  3. I used an ice cream scoop here. The resultant hush puppies were pretty large. You might want to consider using a smaller ice cream scoop or spoon to produce smaller hush puppies.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.6mg