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Southern Hush Puppies Recipe

Hush puppies are the perfect addition to a classic fish fry! Crispy fried dough balls that go perfectly with a sweet or savory dip and some fried fish.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Hush Puppies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3-4 green onions finely diced
  • 1 cup buttermilk OR 1 cup regular milk PLUS 2 tsp distilled vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cup of oil for deep frying


  • Combine the cornmeal, self rising flour, sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic in a large bowl.
  • Whisk until everything is lump free then toss in the diced onions.
  • Add in the buttermilk ( or substitution), and egg.
  • Mix the ingredients until well combined, but don't over mix.
  • Pour the oil into a large pan, and heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is nice and hot, start spooning it the batter.
  • Fry the hush puppies until the are nice a golden brown.
  • Remove the hush puppies from the oil, and place them on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Serve and enjoy!