Hush Puppies are the perfect addition to accompany your Southern-inspired meal from fried chicken to shrimp and grits. Bites of corn batter fried until crisp on the outside and tender and fluffy inside!
Of course Hush puppies are great for snacking too! Slather them in a sweet Honey Butter, dip them in soups or even in a spicy mayonnaise.
Bites of Heaven
Small little handheld bites of heaven.
What Are Hush Puppies? Hush puppies are small bits of deep fried cornmeal batter. Unlike soft cornbread, they are crunchy and golden brown on the outside and melt-in-your mouth light on the inside. Typically, you’ll find them in golf ball sized globes or fingers, depending on how the cook drops them in the oil.
The main ingredient in hush puppies is always going to be cornmeal, we also add buttermilk, egg and a leavening ingredient, usually baking soda.
Can you freeze them? Sure you can! If you have leftovers or want to make extras, let them cool, and place them in a freezer bag for up to four months. The next time you’re hungry for some hush puppies, let them thaw and spread them out on a foil-lined cookie sheet, and warm them in a hot oven for 10 minutes to restore some of the crunchiness.
So Why are They Called Hush Puppies? It’s a much-debated question! It’s speculated (among many other stories) that fishermen would fry up the batter they used for fish fries, and toss them to yapping dogs to “hush” their barking. The true origins may be lost, but that doesn’t mean we enjoy this iconic Southern staple any less!
How To Make Hush Puppies
This is one time when you’ll want to get out your deep fryer. True hush puppies are golden crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Here’s how to make this easy hush puppy recipe:
- Heat up your deep fryer. (If using a pan on the stovetop, you’ll need several inches of oil so the hush puppies will float as they fry.)
- Mix your ingredients and drop by spoonfuls into the fryer. Allow to cook until golden on the outside and tender in the middle.
- Drain on paper towels and serve warm.
Peanut oil holds up well to intense fryer heat and doesn’t produce any off flavors. You can also use canola oil, vegetable oil or corn oil.
More Southern Favorites
- Corn Casserole – perfect for potlucks
- Biscuits and Gravy – serve with hush puppies!
- Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits – easy and flavorful
- Dirty Rice – another delicious side
- Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings – perfect main to serve with hush puppies!
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk you may not use all of it
- oil for frying
- Preheat oil to 350°F.
Combine dry ingredients.
Beat egg. Add to dry mixture with most of the buttermilk adding more as needed to create a dough that is moist but not runny.
Drop mixture by teaspoon in hot oil. Cook 3-5 minutes until golden, turning once during cook time.
Place on paper towel to cool. Serve with honey butter.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)