Southern Hush Puppies

We just love homemade Southern hush puppies!  The mix of corn meal, with a hint of savory onion combined with a little sweetness, makes these absolutely amazing.   They really are good.  I love to whip up a batch when I’m making homemade fish and chips and tartar sauce. The homemade hush puppies sure beat the fast food kind I loved as a kid!  Yum!

Southern Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are a Southern classic. Serve them with classic fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce, and maybe a few good dashes of malt vinegar...and are the super tasty!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian seafood
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup yellow ground corn meal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Several good dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Heat the oil to 350 F (you can use a large sturdy frying pan, or a deep fryer)
  • Mix the flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl
  • Mix in the onions
  • In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg and hot sauce.
  • Add the dry ingredients with the wet, and mix with a large wooden spoon (or your hands). Don’t over mix! Its okay for there still to be some lumps.
  • Flour your hands and using a spoon, roll out a ball of the dough (the dough will be sticky…this is why you flour your hands)
  • Drop the dough into the hot oil. (You might want to shake the pan a bit, to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom during frying)
  • Continue with the rest of the batter.
  • Fry until golden brown on the outside…about 7 to 8 minutes (varies depending on the size of the puppies!)
  • Remove to paper towels and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Serve warm with lemon, tartar sauce and your favorite Southern fish dish.
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  • A good mix of ingredients however 1/4 cup of buttermilk is not a sufficient amount of wet. I like a looser mix so I added about 6 oz of beer and 2 oz of water. Spoon dropped into 350 degree oil, browned both sides and served. Very good recipe I will do again. For hush puppies the wet amount is much less than I used.

    • Hey there!! That sounds fantastic, and your tweaks sound perfect. We are in the process of re-visiting older recipes on the site, and this is right up near the top of the list. Thanks again for sharing your experience…sounds perfect. And thanks for the great review. Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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