Deep Fried Southern Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies

The Spruce

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
305 Calories
10g Fat
46g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 9g
Calcium 149mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These hush puppies are made with self-rising cornmeal mix, along with sweet milk and finely chopped green onion. 

The origin of the term "hush puppy" is unclear, though there is a popular story. Purportedly, after the Civil War, cooks would toss bits of cornmeal batter to dogs, saying, "Hush, puppies!" Another account claims they were named "hush" puppies because people would not want their neighbors to know they were eating such a humble food.

These delightful fried cornmeal dumplings are traditionally served with fried catfish.

These beer batter hush puppies with jalapeno peppers are a great jazzed-up alternative.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a deep fryer or heavy, deep skillet, heat 2 to 3 inches of oil over to 370 F.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the self-rising cornmeal mix, flour, and onion. Add milk and egg; mix well.

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  4. Let the batter stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.

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  5. Drop batter by tablespoons into the hot oil.

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  6. Fry the hush puppies in small batches until golden brown, turning several times to brown evenly.

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  7. Drain on paper towels.

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  • Heat the oven to 200 F before you begin. Put fried and drained hush puppies on a rack and place them in the preheated oven to keep warm while making subsequent batches.
  • For softer hush puppies, use 1 3/4 cups of self-rising cornmeal mix and 1/2 cup of self-rising flour.

Recipe Variations

  • Add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of corn kernels to the batter.
  • Replace the green onion with 1 tablespoon of grated onion or 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh chives.
  • Sweeten the hush puppies a bit with a few tablespoons of granulated sugar.