Hush Puppies: A Mouthwatering Delight for Any Occasion

These irresistible golden-brown hush puppies will tantalize your taste buds with their crispy exterior and buttery, moist interior. Made with buttermilk, sweet Vidalia onion, fresh summer corn, and a hint of jalapeño, they are bursting with flavor. Perfect for fish fries, summer barbecues, or any occasion that calls for good food, hush puppies are a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of seafood and barbecue favorites.

fried hush puppies in a paper lined basket with old bay sauce.

Key Ingredients & Substitutions for Hush Puppies

  • Peanut or canola oil: These oils provide excellent flavor for frying, but vegetable oil can also be used.
  • Yellow cornmeal: Choose either white or yellow cornmeal, though white cornmeal has a slightly sweeter taste.
  • Self-rising flour: If you don’t have self-rising flour, I’ll show you how to make your own in the FAQs section.
  • Salt and Sugar: Balancing the sweetness and saltiness is crucial in baking, but you can adjust the sweetness to your preference.
  • Vidalia onion: Diced small to blend seamlessly into the batter.
  • Fresh corn kernels: For the best flavor, use fresh kernels cut from the cob, either white or yellow.
  • Green onions: Thinly sliced green onions add a mild flavor and a pop of color. Scallions or chives can be used as substitutes.
  • Jalapeño: Finely chopped for a touch of heat, remember to remove the seeds for milder spice.
  • Buttermilk: Tangy buttermilk adds richness and creaminess to the batter, enhancing its flavor.
  • Egg: Large, room temperature eggs that are well beaten.
  • Cheddar cheese: While cheddar is recommended, you can experiment with different cheeses like gouda or jack, or add some heat with pepper jack.
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Special Equipment Needed

For the best results, I recommend using a Presto FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer. Alternatively, a dutch oven or a heavy stockpot can be used, along with an oil/candy thermometer like the KT THERMO Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer, if needed.

How to Make Homemade Hush Puppies

STEP 1 | Preheating the oil

Before you start preparing the hush puppy batter, preheat the oil and keep an eye on the temperature as it rises.

combining chopped vegetables (corn, onion, jalapeno) with dry ingredients for hush puppies.

STEP 2 | Mixing the dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine and whisk the dry ingredients. Then, dice, slice, and chop the vegetables, adding them directly to the flour mixture. Stir well to combine.

mixing together wet ingredients for hush puppy batter.

STEP 3 | Mix in the wet ingredients

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: buttermilk, egg, and cheese. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and veggies. Stir thoroughly until the homemade hush puppy batter is well mixed.

STEP 4 | Frying the hush puppies

Using a spoon dipped in water, carefully slide spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Fry in small batches until golden brown. Don’t forget to try one to ensure it’s perfectly cooked inside.

fried hush puppies draining on paper towels.

STEP 5 | Drain the crunchy hush pups

Line a baking sheet with paper towels and use a spider strainer to remove the hush puppies from the oil, allowing them to drain. Transfer them to a serving plate unless they disappear before you get the chance!

Now, you’re ready to savor these scrumptious cornmeal treats. Enjoy!

fried hush puppies in a paper lined basket with old bay sauce.

Serving Suggestion

Add even more flavor to your hush puppies by serving them with a variety of dipping sauces, such as Old Bay Dipping Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Spicy Dipping Sauce, or Yum Yum Sauce.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behind the Recipe: Southern Hush Puppies

Did you know that the origins of the hush puppies recipe can be traced back to hunters who fried a basic cornmeal mixture to silence their howling hounds during hunting trips? These quick-fried delicacies later became popular at Southern fish fries and barbecue dinners. From simple deep-fried cornmeal and water, hush puppies have evolved into the beloved side dish we know today.

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