Southern Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies are small, savory, deep-fried balls made from a cornmeal-based batter. They are frequently served as a side dish with seafood and other deep-fried foods or as an appetizer with a dipping sauce.

The first recorded use of the word “hush-puppy” dates to 1899. The name is often attributed to hunters, fishermen, or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture and feed it to their dogs to “hush the puppies” during cookouts. Another legend dates the name even earlier to the Civil War, in which Confederate soldiers would toss fried cornbread to silence the barks of their dogs.

American southern hush puppies

Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies make great appetizers, especially when served with an interesting dipping sauce like Cajun Remoulade. They are often served with fried catfish and tartar sauce.
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Course: Appetizer, BBQ, Hand Food, Side Dish, Street Food
Cuisine: American, American South, North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 Hush Puppies
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Deep pot, deep fryer, or wok
  • 2 bowls


  • cup All-purpose flour
  • cup Cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Baking soda
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 4 stalk Scallions, chopped
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • cups Buttermilk
  • ½ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 4-6 cups Canola oil


  • Prepare – Preheat oil to 350°F (175°C) over medium-high heat in a large pot or wok,
    In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, and chopped scallion. Pour wet ingredients over dried ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon until just combined. Let batter sit on counter for an hour or-so.
  • Cook – Carefully drop balls of 1 tbsp of batter into the hot oil. Without crowding, cook for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown on the outside and soft on the insides. Stir occasionally and flip once. Remove to drain on paper towels. Repeat until all the batter is gone, making sure oil is back to temperature before adding more batter.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

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