Deep Fried Hushpuppies

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Deep Fried Hushpuppies are an excellent addition to any supper. Whether you are serving Fish or Prime Rib, these bites of earthy goodness are too good to eat just one!

blue basket of hush puppies

Hush Puppy! Myth or Legend?

Deep Fried Hush Puppies have a really neat food story. I love a good food story. You can find all kinds of stories in my food. They don’t have to be old stories either. They can be new ones. Kind of like the ones I have made for years with my girls at Christmas making treats like this CHRISTMAS CRUNCH.

It sure seems like though, there is a tall tale around every Southern food. Hushpuppies, no doubt, fit that bill. I am sure we have all heard the story of Confederate soldiers frying fish and trying to get their dogs to stop howling. Well, I hate to break it to you, that is just not true.

This small bite, savory confection has roots in South Carolina. An African American named Romy Govans was actually known far and wide for serving what he called “Red Horse Bread” in his fish camp Club House in the early 20th century. People came from all over to feast on Fish that were in season there and the Red Horse Bread became what he is most famous for. It wasn’t until about 20 years later that the name changed down in Florida to Hushpuppies.

No matter what you call them, they are to be eaten and enjoyed in multiples! I always knew they couldn’t just be a little old dog treat!

How to Make Them!

These Deep Fried Hushpuppies really are very simple. It just makes sense to have them when frying fish since you already have the grease heated up. I am here to tell you though, get that grease hot, even if you are having Prime Rib, they are something worth frying for!

  • 1 & 2/3 cups Cornmeal – Any kind is fine. I always have self rising cornmeal mix on hand so I use it!
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder – This is to help them really puff up and give you that light and airy texture!
  • 1/3 cup Plain Flour – again, for the puffy texture that helps soften the batter a bit.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda – baking soda works with the baking powder to add a little acidity to the mixture and help it rise..
  • 1 tablespoon sugar – just a hint of sweet that always compliments the savory!
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper – for just a little earthy kick!
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt – flavor, flavor, flavor!
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper – feel free to omit this but it sure adds a little something extra that won’t knock your socks off.
  • 2 eggs, beaten – to bind and add a creaminess.
  • 1 cup Buttermilk – full fat or low fat, either is fine. Food is all about the mixture of taste and texture and buttermilk adds both!
  • 1/4 cup Diced Onion – again, flavor and texture. The onions can be diced so fine you won’t even know they are in there if need be!
  • Oil for frying – we used a 6 quart dutch oven to fry for less mess. The total amount of oil will vary depending on frying vessel, but you will need to fill to at least 2 inches for deep frying.
hush puppy ingredients

Just like with cakes, you do not want to over mix this batter. It is best just to bring it all together. We always let ours sit before frying about 5 minutes. I usually mix it up and then heat the oil. The batter just magically changes in that amount of time.

  1. Sift dry ingredients together. Cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, flour, sugar, salt and peppers. Mix well.
  1. Add eggs, buttermilk and onion to dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Set aside while you heat the oil
  1. Pour oil into a heavy cast iron pan or dutch oven until you have at least 2 inches of oil in the entire bottom of the pan. Closely monitor oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a large spoon, take out 2 tablespoon spoonfuls and shape into an oblong ball. Carefully drop into the oil and fry for 1.5 to 2 minutes, carefully turning with a spoon or spider until golden brown.
  3. Drain on a paper towel. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Can I use a regular frying pan?

Of course! Just know the shallower the pan, the more likely they are to stick to the bottom. If you don’t have a dutch oven, use a boiler! Just monitor the heat as a boiler will get hotter faster! If you need a great dutch oven, check out our link at the bottom of this post.

Can I make them bigger than you suggest?

You can make them as large or as small as you wish, just know the traditional way is just about as big as a hazelnut. This sizing insures that the middle is done when the outside is.

How can I be sure and get them in the oil without burning myself?

I like to to use two spoons. One for dipping and shaping and the other for sliding the puppy off into the hot oil. If you make sure to hold them both close to the oil that will decrease burns from oil splatter!

If you are looking for a GLUTEN FREE OR VEGAN option for making these little gems, check out our friend Kristen at Moon, Spoon and Yum. Her recipe for AIR FRYER HUSH PUPPIES is a delicious option!

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Yield: 20

Deep Fried Hushpuppies

blue basket of hush puppies

Deep Fried Hushpuppies are an excellent addition to any supper. Whether you are serving Fish or Prime Rib, these bites of earthy goodness are too good to eat just one!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 & 2/3 cups Cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Diced Onion
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Sift dry ingredients together. Cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, flour, sugar, salt and peppers. Mix well.
  2. Add eggs, buttermilk and onion to dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Set aside while you heat the oil
  3. Pour oil into a heavy cast iron pan or dutch oven until you have at least 2 inches of oil in the entire bottom of the pan. Closely monitor oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  4. Using a large spoon, take out 2 tablespoon spoonfuls and shape into an oblong ball. Carefully drop into the oil and fry for 1.5 to 2 minutes, carefully turning with a spoon or spider until golden brown.
  5. Drain on a paper towel. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 45Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 19mgSodium 191mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 2g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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