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Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are a quick side dish, snack, or easy appetizer. They fluffy and tender on the inside and golden brown and crispy outside.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 276kcal


  • Canola oil for deep frying
  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal white or yellow
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 scallions finely sliced

Garlic sriracha aioli

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch black pepper


  • Make the dipping sauce: Combine the mayo, garlic, lemon juice, sriracha, salt and pepper in a small bowl with a whisk. Taste, and adjust seasoning if needed. Place in refrigerator to chill.
  • Fill a large pot, preferably a cast iron dutch oven, with 2-3” of oil, and attach a deep fry thermometer to the side of the pot. Begin heating the oil over medium high heat. Cover a large sheet pan with clean paper towel, and/or a cooling rack to drain after frying.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the corn meal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined. If the batter doesn’t come together easily, add another scant splash of buttermilk.
  • Once the oil reaches 365℉, test 1 hush puppy. Then work in batches and carefully drop batter by the rounded tablespoon full into the hot oil, using another spoon to ease the batter off the tablespoon and into the oil. Use a long handled slotted spoon or strainer ladle to flip so they brown on all sides, about 1-2 minutes. Remove once golden brown and cooked through. Place on paper towel, sprinkle immediately with a pinch of salt. Serve immediately with garlic aioli.


This recipe will make about 24 pieces. As an appetizer, plan on 2-3 pieces per person.


Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 868mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
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