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Best Ever Hush Puppies

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These Best Ever Hush Puppies are crispy on the outside, light and tender on the inside with a delicious sweet cornbread, fresh jalapeño, and onion taste. This, plus easy prep and cooking are what make these fried golden rounds a ‘best ever’ quick bread recipe!

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Why Do They Call It A Hush Puppy?

It’s been said that the hush puppy got its name and origin from way back when. While fishermen were cooking their fresh catch of the day, they would fry up pieces of dough and feed them to their dogs to silence their annoying barking. Thus naming the fried cornbread rounds, hush puppies. Cute, huh?

I thought so!

Somehow, humans began consuming these little snacks, too. Well, whichever way the hush puppy was invented, I’m glad they have evolved to what they are today.

These little fried doughballs are so versatile. They aren’t just for serving with fried fish but can be a delicious snack, appetizer, or side dish for other main meals. However, the chances of getting a decent hush puppy can be a hit and miss adventure. It’s been my experience that not every restaurant and fast food place offers consistent results.

But you can get them with this recipe. Part of the success is using corn meal mix or the substitution for it highlighted below.

Preparing The Hush Puppies

We are talkin’ easy to prep here with only six ingredients plus oil for frying. Whenever my husband asks for them, I have no hesitation in getting into the kitchen to stir up a batch. And the thought of biting into a hot and tasty, crunchy, fried piece of cornbread urges me even more.

But not without the help of a few of my favorite appliances!

My first helper is this KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper. The starter button is on the lid for easy access, and it has a powerful chop for such a little fella’. It’s also light, easy to clean, comes with a BPA-Free bowl, and the cord wraps around it in a hidden slot for easy storage. I use it to process the onion and the jalapeno pepper for these quiet dough rounds.

Next is the T-Fal Ultimate EZ Clean Deep Fryer. It’s the ultimate fryer made of stainless steel for easy cleaning with an inner basket and an oil filtration container on the bottom. This fryer makes storing and reusing oil a simple task. And clean-up is a breeze! I just set the fryer to 375 degrees and the oil reaches the perfect temperature for frying. It’s just right for consistent cooking results with these Best Ever Hush Puppies.

I love a right-handy tool, and these are two of my favorites. They often get used in our house, especially the Food Chopper. They make great gifts, too!

Before you begin making the batter, finely chop the onion and jalapeño pepper. You can use a knife, but you get a fine texture easily by using the Food Chopper.

>> Note: Before handling the jalapeño pepper, use gloves; especially when removing the seeds and veins. You don’t burn your skin with the hot oil in the pepper. I speak from experience! <<

Now you’re ready to make the batter. Combine white cornmeal mix, sugar, onions, and peppers in a bowl. Then add the egg and buttermilk and stir to blend well together.

>> Note: To substitute 2 cups of White Cornmeal Mix, use 1 1/2 cup regular white cornmeal, 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. >>

Ingredients of flour, egg, with milk being poured into it.

At this time, you can add extra ingredients such as corn, chopped okra, cheese, seafood, or anything you can think of that’s fitting.

Be careful not to overmix the batter. The cornmeal batter sits in the refrigerator for about a half-hour for best results, then the frying begins.

hush Puppies frying in hot oil.

Fry the hush puppy batter with rounded teaspoonfuls for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Drain them on a paper towel and let cool before biting into one.

What Are Hush Puppies Served With

A plate of hush puppies and dip.

Below is a list of recipes that pair well with these Best Ever Hush Puppies. But there are also condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and a variety of dipping sauces on the market.

At our house, we like this creamy Remoulade Sauce recipe. It has a slightly sweet taste made with fresh herbs and a bite of horseradish and spicy mustard. There’s also this creamy smooth tasting Homemade Ranch Dressing that’s easy to make. And if you like a good southern Come Back Sauce for dipping, you’ll love my Louisiana Comeback Sauce.

Here are a few more recipes to enjoy with these Best Hush Puppies:

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A plate of hush puppies and dip.

Best Ever Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are crispy on the outside, tender on this inside, and full of flavor. Mix up the basic quick bread recipe, refrigerate, cook them as is or with added ingredients, then fry them in a flash!

  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 32 hush puppies 1x



Basic Recipe

  • 2 cups white cornmeal mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup onion, processed in a food processor into small bits
  • 3 tablespoons jalapeno pepper, chopped fine in a food processor (1 pepper)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 64 ounces canola oil


  1. Place cornmeal mix into a medium-size bowl.
  2. Mix in the sugar.
  3. Add onion and jalapeno pepper into the cornmeal mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add egg and stir in milk just until all of the ingredients are incorporated, don’t over mix.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil to 375 degrees in an electric fryer.
  7. Fry hush puppy batter by rounded teaspoonfuls for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.
  8. Drain on paper towel. 
  9. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.


To substitute 2 cups of White Cornmeal Mix, use 1 1/2 cup regular white cornmeal, 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

After the batter is mixed, stir in a half cup of a favorite ingredient such as cut corn, seafood, cheese, chopped okra, and more.

Serve alone or with butter or a dipping sauce such as Homemade Ranch Dressing, Remoulade Sauce, or Louisiana Come Back Sauce.

The batter can be made up to 12 hours in advance.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: side dish/appetizer
  • Method: frying
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Is “white cornmeal mix” something different than just cornmeal? Is there salt or baking powder or something else in there? I LOVE hushpuppies but have never made them.

    • Yes, Jenny. The white cornmeal mix already has flour, salt, and baking powder added to help save a few steps in preparing the hush puppies. I think you’ll find this recipe very helpful since this is your first experience in making them. ?

      • Do you know what amounts of flour, salt, and baking powder would need to be added if you only had cornmeal? I currently have a huge bag and would love to try your recipe!

      • No I don’t, but there are plenty of recipes on the internet if you google cornmeal mix substitutes. Thanks for asking and I hope this helps.

    • Glad I reead the notes about white corn meal mix. I don’t think we have that in Michigan. I added some flour and baking soda at the last minute. I guessed on the amount.

      • Thanks for letting me know. I just updated the post and added a recipe to substitute white corn meal mix. This should work.

    • Oh, good! I used to make them from a packaged mix, but not any more. These are much better. ?

  2. these are so so so good my wife and i ate them all. i caped frying them and eating along the way
    a best with hot/ranch , ummm-um!. i got a new batch for nfl sunday thank you very much
    we love them.

    • Thank you, Ernest for letting me know! I will try them with the hot/ranch next time I make some which reminds me it’s time for a fresh batch soon. 😁

  3. Can I substitute milk plus something instead of buttermilk? I am kind of in a time crunch and I needed to go ahead and prepare them and get them in the fridge. Thank you so much have a blessed day!

    • Hi, Kimberly! Yes, to substitute 1 cup of buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar into a 1 cup measuring cup and fill with milk to measure 1 cup. Stir and let stand 5 minutes. Then use as buttermilk.

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