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How To Make Hush Puppies


Traditionally served with fried catfish, hush puppies are small balls of fried dough. The recipe below is a standard one.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of cornmeal with 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  2. Blend in 1 egg and 3/4 to 1 cup of buttermilk. The dough should be thick enough to drop from a spoon slowly but easily.
  3. Add any of the following: 2 or 3 tablespoons of grated onion, minced green onion, black or cayenne pepper, or hot pepper sauce.
  4. In a heavy skillet or deep fryer, heat fat for deep frying. The fat should be about 3 inches deep, or deep enough for the hush puppies to float, and the temperature should be around 375°.
  5. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter into the hot fat and fry until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain and keep warm while frying the rest.
  6. This recipe should make about 24 hush puppies.


  1. If using self-rising meal and flour, omit the baking powder and baking soda.

What You Need

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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