Southern Hush Puppies

I don’t know about you, but when I am eating good BBQ, nothing goes better with it than a side of fried okra and hush puppies. Well, my hubby and I mastered fried okra (click here for recipe), and set out to master hush puppies!

Since my kiddos were going to be trying them, I decided to not use jalapenos in our first batch. The end result was fabulous and my kids, especially my daughter, went crazy over them!! I think next time, I may put half the batter aside and add in some jalapenos for my hubby and I. The added kick from the peppers would be a great addition!

Whether you choose to add the jalapeno or not, you’ll love these! Good ol’ Southern comfort food at its finest!


Southern Hush Puppies


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (you can also use melted bacon fat, I just didn’t have any on hand)
  • 1/2 cup jalapenos (de-seeded and chopped) *optional



  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and baking powder.
  2. Add in the egg, milk, melted butter, coconut oil, and jalapenos (if using).
  3. Cover batter with plastic wrap or lid and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. In a Dutch oven or Fry Daddy, heat about 2 inches worth of oil to 350 degrees.
  5. Drop tablespoon size balls into the oil, about 6 at a time, and allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  6. As dough balls are cooking, use a slotted spoon to turn them over to make sure they cook evenly.
  7. Using slotted spoon, remove cooked hush puppies and place on a cooling rack to drain.
  8. Repeat process until all are cooked.
  9. Serve!!

Southern Hush Puppies


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