Homemade Hush Puppies Recipe – the lightest and fluffiest hushpuppies ever. So easy to make, delicious, crispy and great for game day, snacks, or even a side dish with dinner.
When I was a kid, my dad loved going out for fish and chips whenever we traveled. Often times when we went on a road trip, we would stop at Long John Silvers for lunch. The best part of it to me, was the hushpuppies. Seriously, I could have created a meal of just those. And so good when dipped in Red Lobster Tarter Sauce.
Even as an adult, they are a huge weakness. I almost never get to have them, most restaurants don’t have them on the menu. And the idea of making them at home seemed like they would be a lot of work. But after testing out a few batches, it is so darn easy!
So….What is a hushpuppy?
A hush puppy is a small deep-fried ball of goodness that is a cornmeal base. They are often served with fried fish or other deep fried foods. Hushpuppies are traditionally served in the south, so this Mid-Western raised girl didn’t grow up with them around all the time. They were definitely more of a special treat.
You can make a hush puppy recipe with a box of cornbread mix, or there are plenty of from scratch recipes out there. But the Jiffy corn mix is just so easy, and the perfect amount. So I will take the short cut when I can. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love my Best Cornbread Recipe, and will make that with dinner any night of the week. But for this, the shortcut makes sense.
I have made a few hush puppies recipe over the years, and I have never loved them. They have been dense and just not as flavorful as I remembered. So this time I decided to mix it up, and test out a few different ways to make them. This hush puppy recipe makes the lightest and fluffiest little balls of goodness. Seriously, you would never guess a deep-fried ball of dough could be so fluffy.
This recipe is just for the original version, but I have done lots of fun add ins as well. A can of diced green chilies and cheddar cheese make them extra special and give them even more flavor. Plus the really nice thing is you can make the batter ahead of time, and just have in the fridge waiting for you.
I prepared the hushpuppy batter in the morning, and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before I actually fried them. So it was less to do before dinner and have to stress about. So if you are looking for a different kind of game day treat or even side dish, try these hushpuppies today!
- 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
- 1/2 cup onion, grated
- 5 Tbls buttermilk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 Tbls all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Mix all of the ingredients together until just combined.
- Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, for up to 5 hours.
- Fill a large stock pot or deep fryer with about 2-3 inches of oil. Heat oil to 350-375 degrees.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a small spoon, drop balls of dough into the hot oil. If you submerge the spoon in the oil, it helps to release cleanly from the spoon.
- Cook for for 2-3 minutes, turning over to make sure they are completely golden brown.
- Remove and place on a paper towel to drain.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Genius Kitchen
Amount Per ServingCalories 381 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 45mg Sodium 923mg Carbohydrates 69g Fiber 2g Sugar 13g Protein 16g