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Easy Southern Hush Puppies – Down Home Style

Cooking Method ,
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 20 mins
Servings 12
Calories 220
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Follow along as we share our tips and tricks for making the best hush puppies ever. Whether you're hosting a party, having a family dinner or simply looking for a tasty snack, these hush puppies are sure to please.

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  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
  • For the Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  1. Add the flour, corn meal, baking powder, white sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Add in the egg and butter milk. Mix once again until a smooth batter forms.

  2. Heat oil in a pan to 350 degrees F or 180 C. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop up about 2 tbsp of the batter and place it into the oil. Fry, in batches, until golden brown. This should take 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside on a wire rack. 

  3. Place the hush puppies onto a plate or into a basket. Garnish with parsley. 

  4. To Make the Sauce
  5. Add the butter to a sauce pan over medium high heat. Allow it to melt down. Pour the syrup in and bring to a boil. Simmer and allow to thicken. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 668mg28%
Potassium 144mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 46g16%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugars 5.4g
Protein 8g16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.

  1. Use self-rising cornmeal mix: This type of cornmeal already contains leavening agents, which will help your hush puppies rise and become fluffy. If you don't have self-rising cornmeal mix, you can make your own by combining 1 cup of cornmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking powder as suggested.

  2. Don't over mix the batter: Mix the ingredients until they are just combined. Over mixing can make the hush puppies tough and chewy.

  3. Adjust the consistency of the batter: The batter should be thick enough to hold its shape, but not so thick that it's difficult to scoop. If the batter is too thick, add a little bit of buttermilk or milk to thin it out.

  4. Use a small cookie scoop: A small cookie scoop makes it easy to portion the batter and create uniform hush puppies. If you don't have a cookie scoop, you can use a tablespoon to scoop the batter.

  5. Fry the hush puppies in batches: Don't overcrowd the pan or the temperature of the oil will drop, which can result in greasy and undercooked hush puppies. Fry the hush puppies in small batches, about 4-5 at a time.

  6. Drain the hush puppies on paper towels: Once the hush puppies are cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. This will help absorb any excess oil and keep the hush puppies crispy.

  7. Serve immediately: Hush puppies are best when served hot and fresh out of the fryer. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or honey mustard.

Keywords: Hush Puppies, Appetizers, Southern Food
David Hood
A Food Blogger

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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