How to Make Sweet HushPuppies (Easy Hush puppies)

These sweet hush puppies  are crisp on the outside, soft, light and airy in the inside. Cornmeal, green onions, red onions, flour and milk are some of the ingredients in this recipe. The batter is deep fried until golden brown.

They are bite sized, delicious and easy to make! Save this recipe for your next fish fry or make it anytime with fried whiting fish or crispy tuna patties! Today I will show you how easy and quick it is to make this popular southern snack!

a bowl of golden brown hush puppies

I’m continuing with a recent foray into southern comfort food today after [last week’s] buttermilk coleslaw and the week before last, mashed potatoes with delicious sweet hush puppies recipe. 

They are so light and airy and a tad sweet. I can easily eat several of them.  It’s possibly the only southern food I enjoy more than cornbread.

They go well with all your favorite comfort foods including mac-n-cheese, collard greens and barbecue.   

You may as well double this recipe because you and your family or friends are going to gobble these up with the quickness. We can’t stop eating them. 

a bowl of golden brown hush puppies


Also spelled hushpuppies, are deep-fried golden colored balls of cornmeal. There is some debate between them and corn fritters.

Some of the internet seems to think the only difference is your zip code, others think that fritters are sweeter and flatter. Regardless of what you call them, I think we can agree that “hush puppies” is way more fun and much cuter to say. Am I right?

There are many stories about the origin of them too. One goes like this. Fishers were frying up their catch for the day, they’d throw scraps of fried cornmeal to their howling dogs while saying, “hush puppy!” Interesting huh? 


Cornmeal (the main ingredient in this hush puppy recipe) salt, sugar (optional), flour, baking powder, milk, egg, ground red pepper (cayenne), garlic powder, oil, red onions, and green onions are basically what I used in this recipe. 

I like to use sugar in mine but feel free to eliminate the sugar or add half the called amount. I don’t think they are sweet though. The sugar helps to balance out the flavors. 


1.  This recipe consists of frying up balls of thick batter. The first step in making them is to combine the dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder in one bowl. (photo 1) 

2.  Stir in the milk and beaten eggs into the dry mixture, along with red and green onions.  Mix until just combined. Set to the side for 10-15 minutes. ***See notes below in the recipe.**


Fail 🤦🏾‍♀️ fyi, I forgot to take a pic of the green onions in the mixture below then when I added them to the batter, I forgot to snap the pic again…🙈 #bloggingwhilemoming (photos 2-3)

3. To fry up, in a large cast iron pan or dutch oven, heat 1 quart of oil to 365°F. Drop 5-6 tablespoon sized balls into the oil. To make dropping the batter into the oil  easier, I recommend an ice cream scoop with a spring release. 

Let the batter fry until it becomes golden brown, turning for even cooking.

Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towel. Repeat until you’re out of batter. **See note below in the recipe card for more detailed important tips. (photos 4-6)

A bowl of golden crisp and soft not dense hush puppies. A recipe for amazing hush puppies


They are most commonly served with fried seafood or bbq. Traditionally they are served with catfish. We love to them with fried whiting fish         

a bowl of golden brown round hush puppies

Hushpuppies Recipe

April Boller Wright
These hush puppies  are crisp on the outside, soft, light and airy in the inside. Cornmeal, green onions, red onions, flour, milk are some of the main ingredients in this recipe. The batter is then deep fried until golden brown. Bite sized, delicious and easy to make! Perfect for your next fish fry!
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Southern American
Servings 6 people


  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced red onions
  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 3 green onions Minced (only the green part)


  • Combine the dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder in one bowl. Stir in the milk and beaten eggs into the dry ingredients along with red and green onions. Mix until just combined. Let the batter sit for 10-15 minutes *See notes. 
  • In a large deep cast iron or dutch oven, heat 2 quarts of oil to 365°F. Using a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop with spring release, drop 5-9 balls into the hot oil. *See notes
  • Fry until golden brown, turning consistently for even cooking. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towel. Repeat until you’re out of batter. *See notes*


Tips to Make Hush Puppies
Batter - In order to achieve airy & light hush puppies, the needs to be a bit looser but it will thicken up some after you stir the batter and let it sit for 10-15 minutes....
Drop - Drop 5-6 tablespoon sized balls into the batter. To make dropping the batter into the oil  easier, I recommend an ice cream scoop with a spring release. 
Stir batter just until just combined and let it sit for 15 minutes. FYI. Over mixing may result in dry dense hush puppies. Drop - Use a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop like the one I mentioned above or any with a spring release for easy release. 
Sugar - The sugar will make these brown much faster so make sure to turn the hush puppies consistently and the oil temp stays steady  at 365 F. 355-365 F is ideal. 
Pot - Use at least a 5 or 6 quart cast iron or dutch oven.Try to maintain an oil temperature of  365°.  They will absorb a lot of oil if the temperature is too low. If the oil is too high, the outsides will cook fast and the insides may be raw.  Adjust the heat accordingly. Best bet is to use a thermometer. I use this one.
Frying - To prevent burning make sure to consistently turn the hush puppies as they fry since they cook fast and can burn quickly. Fyi, some hush puppies will turn themselves over as they cook. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil. 
Finish - Fry until they are golden brown with tiny raised bumps. 
The oil - To clean the oil, strain the cooked particles with a wire mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth. Use a funnel to pour the oil into an bottle with tight lid. Store for up to a month. 
Leftovers - These are best eaten same day. 
Drain - Drain on a paper towel. You can also put a rack or a cooling rack on top of foil covered sheet pan and then place the hush puppies on the rack. 
Serve - with seafood or bbq or fried fish. Catfish or Fried whiting are ideal. I love to serve them with fish or collard greens or even a simple salad. Honey butter is delicious too. 
Updated recipe from 3/4 cup of milk to 1/2 cup. 
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  1. Anonymous says:

    5 stars all the way! I used white cornmeal, a lot more garlic powder and and a little paprika. The best recipe for hush puppies on the internet. I’ve been searching for a good hush puppy recipe for years. Thank you!!!5 stars

    1. Thank you for the rave review! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the hush puppies and made them your own with those delicious additions. Your kind words truly mean a lot, and I’m glad the recipe met your search. Happy cooking and enjoy your hush puppies!

  2. April
    Thank you for your super awesome
    Recipe easy delicious crunchy crust
    Thank you for sharing awesome
    Recipes 👍👍⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟
    Thanks again ✌️

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and found it easy to follow. Your positive feedback means a lot to me and I’m thrilled to hear that the crunchy crust turned out well. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and for your kind words. It’s comments like yours that inspire me to keep sharing my recipes.

  3. Just getting ready to make these hush puppies looks and sounds delicious to go w southern fried whiting fish & greens
    one question though how long do you cook them in the oil?5 stars

  4. Casandra Harrison says:

    I always use this recipe it’s the best one I have tried …. I add precooked bacon and 1/2 can of whole kernel corn it brings it to a whole new level

    1. Bacon and corn is a great addition. Thank you so much Casandra!

  5. Brenda Brooks says:

    Great hushpuppies. I was going to cook fried shrimp for supper and didn’t have my usual hushpuppy mx, Used this recipe and will not use the store mix again. My husband and I loved them. Easy and you normally have most of the ingredients at home.5 stars

    1. I can understand using the mix in a pinch. I do it sometimes but homemade is easy and like you said, you’ll most likely have all the ingredients at home. Thank you so much Brenda!

  6. I made these back to back; the first time with sugar and the second without. (Mom asked why I didn’t bring any over and she’s not into sweetened hush puppies. Lol). I made these in the morning and reheated them at lunch. They got s bit tough but were still good. The second batch was light and fluffy and even though my mom didn’t eat them hot, she enjoyed it and dad did too. Thank you for the recipe. It was quick, DELICIOUS, filled a craving and worked great using my oat milk.5 stars

    1. Thats so great to hear TC! Thank you so much! Glad your mom enjoyed them too!

  7. I really liked this recipe a lot! I’m going to add a bit more salt and a tad bit more cayenne pepper next time, as that’s how my family likes it!!! We all enjoyed these with our baked fish!

  8. I’ve never made hush puppies before and this recipe was great! I didn’t have a scoop so I just took a spoonful and used another spoon to kind of roll it out – it made my hush puppies more oval but that was fine. I’m so surprised at how much they puff up when you cook them!

    Thank you for sharing the recipe.5 stars

    1. I’m glad it worked out for ya! Thank you so much Beth!! Take care!

  9. Anonymous says:

    These hush puppies are THE BEST! I lost a recipe I once used and have tried to make hush puppies a number of times using a variety of recipes; the hush puppies were never quite right. These were even better than the long lost recipe ones. I didn’t have green or purple onions, so I used ~3/4 C finely chopped yellow onions. Everything else was exactly the same. YUM!

    1. That’s a great compliment! I’m sorry you lost your recipes but at the same time I’m glad you were able to replace it with this recipe 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words!

  10. Amanda Bay says:

    Can you make the batter ahead of time then freeze the balls?

    1. Hi Amanda. Sorry I’m late but yes you can make them ahead of time. When you’re ready to bake them, preheat to 425 F. Place the frozen fried hushpuppies on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 or until warmed through. After about 7 or 10 minutes turn once.

  11. Stephanie Simmons says:

    I didn’t know hush puppies were so easy to make – thanks for breaking it down in this recipe!! We loved these delicious bites of heaven5 stars

  12. This sounds so good and easy-to-make. I have never had this before. But I am sure this would be a hit a my place. I will definitely try this. Thanks for the share☺5 stars