5 from 1 vote
Southern Hush Puppies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Southern Hush Puppies are deceptively delicious little bites of cornmeal batter flavored with a little grated onion and dropped into hot oil until the outside is crispy and browned and the inside is soft and fluffy.  They sure are hard to resist!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: hush puppies
Servings: 12 hush puppies
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and salt in a mixing bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the grated onion, egg, and buttermilk.  Add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

  3. In a dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet, heat 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees F.  When the oil is hot, use two spoons to drop batter into it by the tablespoonful, using the back of one spoon to push the batter into the hot oil all at once each time.  The batter will immediately sink to the bottom of the pot for a few seconds, then pop up to the top.  Fry for 3 minutes on one side, then turn and fry an additional 3 minutes on the other side, or until the hush puppies are golden brown, then remove from the oil and a tray lined with paper towels.  Be sure to keep an eye on the oil temperature while frying so that it stays consistent.  You may need to work in batches to fry all the batter.

Nutrition Facts
Southern Hush Puppies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.