Simple Hush Puppies Recipe

Southern Hush Puppies are round golf ball sized, light and flakey cornmeal batter that is fried golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside served as a side dish to any southern meal. These hush puppies are the perfect side dish ready in minutes!

Simple Hush Puppies Recipe
Simple Hush Puppies Recipe

Southern Hush Puppies are round golf ball sized, light and flakey cornmeal batter that is fried golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside served as a side dish to any southern meal. These hush puppies are the perfect side dish ready in minutes!This side dish is perfect for pairing with any fried food or southern favorite dish.

Hush puppies are made up of corn meal batter that has garlic powder, onion powder and a hint of paprika for some added spice. The cornmeal batter has flour, cornmeal, a little sugar and buttermilk as a sweetener and aiding in smoothing the batter. Mixed these all together and your batter is thick, rich and creamy. Perfect for dropping into a heated skillet filled with oil.

These little hush puppies are small, bite sized fun side dish that are easy to eat and Oh.So.Good! They are a savory sweet, a hint of spiciness with a tender, flakey inside that tastes AMAZING! Hush puppies are mouth watering good and so easy to make. With a golden brown crunchy outside and a tender, flakey inside these hush puppies are sure to please family and friends at your next southern dinner.

Simply mix together the hush puppies batter and add them by the spoonful into a hot oiled pan. Complete a meal with this quick and easy side dish that is perfect to serve with seafood or any other deep fried recipe. Every bite will be making you want more!

What are Hush Puppies?

Hush puppies are small, round balls that are deep fried dough that is made from cornmeal batter with extra seasonings. These are simple to make and known in the southern community. They are typically served as a side dish to seafood.

Why are Hush Puppies called Hush Puppies?

There are a couple reasons these are known to be called hush puppies. One is the fried round balls were thrown at dogs to have them stop barking and to hush them essentially. The other theory is, hush puppies were a humbling meal that was hush-hush when you were serving it to your family. Both are thought to be true where the name came from but I am just grateful someone came up with this sweet side for all of us to enjoy!

How to Make Homemade Hush Puppies:

Make sure to preheat your oil for these homemade hush puppies. It is best to use a candy thermometer to have on the side of the skillet you are frying your hush puppies in. To test the oil to make sure it is hot enough, drop in one inch batter and see how quickly it fries. It should be 2 to 3 minutes of frying spinning it around. Once the mixture is mixed together evenly continue to add in more hush puppies batter to the hot oil cooking these quickly. Serve with a side of tarter sauce and enjoy!

  1. Preheat oil: Preheat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet to 365 degrees.
  2. Mix together the dough:  In a medium sized mixing bowl add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper. Add the egg and buttermilk and stir until combined. Stir in cubed butter.
  3. Cook in oil: Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls in the hot oil. Let cook until they are golden brown 2-3 minutes. Remove with a metal strainer on a paper toweled lined plate. Serve with tarter sauce if desired.