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Southern Hush Puppy Recipe

It's just not a fish fry without a side of hush puppies. This easy, Southern hush puppy recipe produces crispy, fluffy and golden delicious results.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 74kcal


  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 cups self-rising white cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup finely diced white onion
  • 2 green onions green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup milk


  • Combine cornmeal, sugar, onions, and egg in a large mixing bowl.
  • Gradually stir in the milk (you may not use all of ijust until the batter wet and the consistency of thick pancake batter.
  • Heat several inches of oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high. Use a thermometer to measure when the oil reaches 375 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, spoon a small amount of batter into the hot oil. If it sizzles immediately, the oil is ready.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Carefully spoon heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Fry just a few hush puppies at a time and don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry hush puppies for 2-3 minutes until they are puffed and golden brown on all sides.
  • Strain the hushpuppies from the oil and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.


Leftover hush puppies can be stored in the fridge in a resealable plastic bag or container fitted with a lined with a paper towel for 3-5 days.
To freeze, place hush puppies on a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the sheet on a flat surface in the freezer and allow the hush puppies to freeze for a couple hours until solid. Then store the frozen hush puppies in a resealable plastic bag or freezer container with a lid for up to three months.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If cooking from the fridge, toast the hush puppies for about 2-4 minutes until crisp. If reheating from frozen, give them about 7-10 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 9.9mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 0.8IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4.7mg | Iron: 3.7mg