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Southern Style Hush Puppies

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Southern Style Hush Puppies are light and flaky cornmeal batter that is fried golden brown! Serve it as a side dish to any southern meal or at all the fish fries you will be at during the summer. Eat them by themselves as a snack also — which is how I eat them a lot.

I live in Western Kentucky, which is considered the South. In our area, we do a lot of fishing, therefore, you will catch people serving up delicious fried catfish with white beans, coleslaw, and a big helping of these Southern-style Hush Puppies.

If you love making fish at home, check out my recipe for Gordon Ramsay's Fish and Chips. It is one of my favorite fish dinners and these hush puppies would make the perfect side dish for it.

How to Make An Easy Hush Puppy Recipe

These hush puppies are made up of a cornmeal(basically like cornbread batter) batter seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, and a little bit of paprika. You can also add a little bit of sweet onion to them.

You can use a spoon to add them to the hot oil one dollop at a time. For mine, I use a cookie scoop which gives them a perfect round shape. However, if you do not have a cookie scoop, you can use whatever you have.

Once they are fried, I like to drizzle a little honey on them for extra sweetness.

Cooking the Hush Puppies

  1. Preheat oil: Preheat 2 inches of peanut oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet. The oil temperature should be 365 degrees. You can also use a Dutch oven or a deep fryer for frying if you prefer.
  2. Mix the dough:  In a large bowl add the dry ingredients. –flour, yellow cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper. Mix in the wet ingredients –egg and buttermilk and stir until combined. Stir in cubed butter.
  3. Cook in oil: Drop the hush puppy batter by rounded teaspoonfuls into the hot oil, deep frying them until they are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon and let them drain on paper towels.

Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce or at your next fish fry with tartar sauce. In a medium bowl, mix together a sauce made of sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, and our favorite herbs. You can also top them with green onion.

Store the hush puppies in an airtight container. To reheat, place in an air fryer and fry for 5 minutes, or reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. These are the best hush puppies you will ever make. Southern favorites like this recipe need to be held onto!

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Yield: 8 servings

Southern Style Hush Puppies

Southern Style Hush Puppies

The perfect side dish for any Southern meal. Deep fried balls of cornmeal batter then drizzled with honey.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of cold butter, grated

For the Herb Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped Mint
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped Dill


  1. Mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. For the hush puppies -- Preheat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet to 365 degrees.
  3. In a mixing bowl add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper.
  4. Now, add the egg and milk and stir until combined.
  5. Grate the cold butter and mix it into the batter.
  6. Drop the batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil. Let it cook until they are golden brown 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove with a metal strainer on a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. If for some reason the hush puppies are not done all the way through, turn the oven to preheated 300 degrees and place them on a cookie sheet and allow them to cook in the oven for about 5-7 minutes.
  9. Serve with the herb dipping sauce.
  10. Optional -- you can drizzle honey over them before serving.

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Saturday 28th of January 2023

I'd love this as a side for so many things!


Friday 27th of January 2023

I am a total sucker for hush puppies. I can't wait to try these in the air fryer.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Hush puppies are my favorite! I haven't had a good one in forever and can't wait to try these.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

These look just about perfect. Can't wait to try.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

I love hush puppies! I never tried honey on them, always eat the plain. I love that you added spices to the mix, too.

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