Homemade Hush Puppies Recipe

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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 hush puppies.  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!

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.

 

What Are Hush Puppies?

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. Hush puppies 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.

What Are Hush Puppies Made Of

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  • Cornbread Mix
  • Onion
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt & Pepper

You can make a hush puppies 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.

If you have an extra box of Jiffy corn mix, check out this Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake for a hearty and delicious dinner.

Hush Puppy Recipes - so easy, so light and fluffy!

How To Make Hush Puppies From Scratch

  1. To make the batter you just mix all of the ingredients together until it is well blended.
  2. It is best to let the batter rest and sit in the fridge before you use it. Anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours, just depends on your timing when you want to fry them.
  3. Fill a large stock pot or deep fryer with about 2-3 inches of oil. And heat oil to 350-375 degrees.
  4. I like to use 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.
  5. Cook for for 2-3 minutes, turning over to make sure they are completely golden brown. 
  6. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain. 
  7. Serve immediately.
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.

Hush Puppies Variations

The fun thing about this recipe is you can mix up the batter a little and get different flavors!

  • Add a can of diced green chilies
  • Mix in corn
  • Add taco seasoning
  • Mix in crab meat

What Dip for Hush Puppies

They are often served with seafood, so tarter sauce is a common one, but here are a few other tasty ideas.

homemade hush puppies in a basket

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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.
4.69 from 47 votes

Homemade Hush Puppies

By Erin
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. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1/2 cup onion, grated
  • 5 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Genius Kitchen

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 923mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 381
Keyword: Homemade Hush Puppies
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23 Comments

  1. Hands down the best most accurate clone of Arthur Treacher’s or Long John’s hush puppies out there….not even close. I found this recipe a year ago then through series a of tweaks and bastardizations ruined the recipe! because I had changed browsers I lost the bookmark to the source!! Finally through multiple searches found it again!!

    Saved in multiple locations now 😉

    1. It might work, I haven’t tried it. The box mix has flour, sugar and a rising agent in there. So you they may not be as fluffy if you didn’t use it. There are lots of homemade Jiffy Mix recipes out there that are just a couple ingredients, that would definitely work!

    1. Yes, the breadcrumbs just make the inside not mushy as they cook, gives them just a tiny bit of texture, but not crunchy.

    1. You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes before using.

  2. The absolute best compliment to these IMHO is jelly. In Florida that’s what your served with them. Preferably a tropical jelly like Mango or anything similar. Divine.