This recipe was adapted from a favorite of The Catfish Institute in Belzoni, Mississippi. Substituting beer for milk makes these lighter and tangier.


Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Stand: 10 Minutes
Cook: 6 Minutes


1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk or beer
Vegetable oil


Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

Add egg and milk to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.

Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.

Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels; serve immediately.

Jalapeño Hushpuppies: Add 1 seeded, diced jalapeño to batter. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Note: Keep fried hushpuppies warm in oven at 225° for up to 15 minutes. For testing purposes only, we used White Lily Self-Rising White Cornmeal Mix.