Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings (about 2 dozen hush puppies)

No Southern fish fry is complete without deep-fried hush puppies. Simple ingredients, like flour and buttermilk, and easy-to-follow steps make these a favorite side. Our hush puppy recipe is a classic for a reason.



How to Make It

Step 1

Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Combine cornmeal and next 3 ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 2

Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in 3 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Keep warm in a 200° oven.

Step 3

TRY THESE TWISTS Bacon-and-Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies: Increase onion to 1 1/2 cups. Cook 5 bacon slices in a medium skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp; drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon. Sauté onion in hot drippings over medium-low heat 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Proceed with recipe as directed, stirring in onion and bacon with cornmeal mix in Step Jalapeño-Pineapple Hush Puppies: Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1/2 cup canned pineapple tidbits and 2 to 3 Tbsp. seeded and diced jalapeño pepper with cornmeal mix in Step Shrimp-and-Corn Hush Puppies: Prepare recipe as directed, reducing buttermilk to 3/4 cup and stirring 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked shrimp (about 3/4 lb. peeled) and 1 (8 1/4-oz.) can cream-style corn into batter in Step

Ratings & Reviews

deerfisherman's Review

July 07, 2012
Excellent. The thing about these is to absolutely let them set for 10 min before frying. I drop mine by a teaspoon into a deep fryer. Dip your spoon in the oil each time before scooping the mixture and it will come off easier. Excellent southern recipe!

Lisajane's Review

August 04, 2013
Fantastic hush puppy goodness! My 9 year old daughter took the reigns on frying these up. We served them up with a cajun/emon pepper spiced grilled cod and some lemony grilled zucchini. Delicious! We are now looking forward to making the jalapeno-pineapple variation.

CookieWoman2559's Review

July 29, 2014

Missy213b's Review

September 17, 2012
This was outstanding! Definitely let them sit before you fry them...delicious!

carelyster's Review

July 29, 2014

dogwoman52's Review

July 08, 2012


August 16, 2015
I just made these today.  The recipe is easy to follow and the results are outstanding!  I agree with the other commenter - let your batter rest for at least 10 minutes.  I can't wait to try variations on the theme!  One thing I did try which turned out kind of good, was as soon as I the hush puppies were out of the oil I hit them  with some grated parmesan.  That added a nice little bit of flavor.