Easy Hush Puppies With Cream-Style Corn

Easy Hush Puppies
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
199 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 106mg 2%
*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.)

Southern hush puppies are one of the most delicious side dishes you can think of. Although usually served with other fried foods or with barbecue, the truth is that these savory bites go well with pretty much anything. Have you tried simply to split one open and add some butter? Fried to perfection, hush puppies are also a great way of serving a tasty, filling, and budget-friendly dish when feeding many. Our easy recipe brings them to your table in barely 25 minutes from beginning to end, with very little prep and just a quick mix of the batter. Depending on their size, the measurements for our batter will yield between 18 to 24 hush puppies.

Cream corn gives them moisture, and with just a few other common ingredients that you might have in your pantry, the hush puppies will come out perfectly: crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Serve with fried fish or chicken, with shrimps and grits, or with any other savory preparations like stews or grilled meats.

Hush puppies are a Southern specialty, traditionally served with fried catfish. Native Americans already had a tradition of corn well established long before other communities settled in the South, so dishes similar to these existed for hundreds of years. The hush puppies' name is said to come from the depressed post-Civil War era, when scraps of food were fed to hungry dogs to quell their barking and "hush the puppies." Other food historians highlight that since hush puppies are such a humble peasant food, many families felt ashamed of eating them so they were served under a "hush-hush" warning. In either case, the recipe has lived on in the American South for many decades and we're lucky enough to be able to enjoy the deliciousness and historical significance in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups vegetable oil, for frying 

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, or white cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 (15-ounce) can cream style corn

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed 

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 200 F. Set a cooling rack in a large, rimmed baking sheet. In a deep, heavy saucepan or electric deep fryer, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 370 F.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

  4. Stir the chopped onion into the dry mixture and add the cream-style corn, mixing well. If the mixture is too thick, add one tablespoon of milk, or as needed, a little bit at a time. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.

  5. Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to drop the batter into the hot vegetable oil.

  6. Fry the hush puppies in small batches of 4 or 5 until golden brown, or about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully turn them as they fry to make sure all sides are evenly browned.

  7. Remove the hush puppies to paper towels to drain for a minute or two and then move them to the rack in the prepared pan. Place the pan in the oven to keep fried hush puppies warm while you fry subsequent batches. Serve hot with your favorite dishes.

  8. Enjoy!

What's the Best Oil for Frying?

Choose a neutrally flavored oil for deep frying and make sure it has a high smoking point. Canola, peanut, and vegetable oils are good choices.

Tasty Add-Ons

Use our recipe to make your own version of these tasty hush puppies:

  • Add finely chopped green onions or scallions instead of the chopped onions. Additionally, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of onion powder or garlic powder if you like the pungent flavor of alliums. A garlic and onion salt is also a great addition.
  • Add a few tablespoons of crumbled and cooked bacon to the batter. This will give the hush puppies extra flavor and texture. Similarly, you could use cubed ham instead of bacon.
  • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to make them into cheese hush puppies.
  • Add 3 to 4 diced jalapeños or 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to make spicy hush puppies. Combining cheese and jalapeños also makes a great batch of hush puppies.