Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

by Merissa on July 27, 2015

in Recipes

Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe - Little House Living

Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

When I was young I remember we would go out to lunch after church sometimes at a certain restaurant that served Hush Puppies. I always thought they were so tasty and neat and that the restaurant must go through a lot of trouble to make them.

Of course, that was before all of my make-your-own food experiments! Since going out to eat isn't a part of our lifestyle, but I still want my children to know what it's like to enjoy a meal with a side of Hush Puppies, I decided that it should be next on my list of things to learn how to make.

While researching a recipe that would work I came across many that had a bunch of ingredients and complicated steps to make them. It just didn't seem like a little puff of corn would be that complicated to make....

So the recipe that I'm sharing with you today is the pared down version of Hush Puppies. Something that you can make for pretty cheap and with fewer ingredients, but still have that same great taste.

Do you know the history of the Hush Puppy? If you live in the south you probably already do, but being from the far north I had to look it up to learn! Cornbread has always been a popular dish in the south and around the time of the Civil War it was discovered that versions of cornbread could be made by frying the dough. The term "Hush Puppy" came into use when hunters and fishers would quickly fry cornbread dough and feed it to their dogs to keep them quiet while they were working. Traditional recipes can be made with everything from buttermilk to eggs.

Homemade Hush Puppy Recipe

What You Need:

  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 cups Cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Butter (or a Butter Alternative)
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add in the cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and onion powder. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

Remove from heat and add in the butter. Let the entire mixture cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use the time that it's cooling to heat up the oil for frying.


Dip each Hush Puppy into the oil for a few moments (turning as needed) and fry until golden brown.


Drain on some kind of toweling before serving.


Serve warm as a side dish to a favorite meal or with some kind of dipping sauce. Enjoy!


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tejas Prairie Hen July 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

With no milk or eggs, this recipe is both vegan and very cheap! Can’t wait to give this a try!


2 Missy July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

Yum! I love hush puppies and was thinking the other day that I should learn to make them. They go great with fried catfish. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a simple recipe with us!!


3 Maria July 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

This looks absolutely mouthwatering! I’ve been meaning to give hush puppies a try, and this is the perfect and most simple recipe I’ve found so far. Thank you for sharing, Merissa! This is already on my menu for this weekend 🙂


4 Carlee July 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Yum! We have made hushpuppies at home before, but always from a mix. We will have to try this!


5 Ann July 29, 2015 at 8:04 am

I love hush puppies!! This is officially on the menu for the weekend 🙂


6 Lisa Jorgensen July 29, 2015 at 10:22 pm

I have always wondered how to make hush puppies ever since we lived in Arkansas a few years ago. Thanks! Visiting from Cook it! Craft it! Share it!


7 [email protected] July 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I love hush puppies! I gotta pin this and try to make some. Visiting today from the homemaking party 🙂


8 Lara @ MommyKazam July 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I’m such a sucker for hush puppies! These sound perfect, I can’t wait to try them 🙂


9 Betty July 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Somewhat similar to my mom’s – except she cut up fresh onion – but I have often used onion powder.

The difference in adding onion (powder or fresh) makes such a difference in the taste of hush puppies. Whenever I brought them to a fish fry – mine were always eaten first.
And it tastes so good, I’ve been adding onion to my regular cornbread… – Just add some real Butter while warm. Yummy.

I’m going to have to try your recipe soon.


10 Brenda Ross July 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Hello from Australia


11 Brenda Ross July 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

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12 Carole West @ Garden Up Green August 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

Hush Puppies are the best and they’re the best with Fried Catfish. Might have to get in the kitchen this week and make some. Homemade ones sound yummy!


13 Gregg Carter August 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Love hush puppies.

Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you there this week.


14 hennie collazo August 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

I just found your site by accident. I love to do everything, all crafts, so as making & candle making and have always cooked from scratch. My husband has always been in a wheelchair so it is up to me to do things. We’re I live no chickens allowed but I garden,can dehydrate, you name it.Lov your Web site . Would Lov to share ideas with you. Order your book (911553582) b&n. Can’t wait to check it out.


15 [email protected] August 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Had no idea it was this easy to make homemade hush puppies! Thanks for sharing 🙂


16 Vida Bombek August 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I have tried these today, but it didn’t work quite good. It tasted good but the looks was different from yours. Do you use the corn flour or corn grits (form making polenta)? Thanks for your answer.


17 Merissa August 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

This recipe actually uses cornmeal.


18 Mary V. November 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for this recipe. They look wonderful. I was just wondering w kind of sauces you use. Thanks again.


19 Abby (@ No Fail Recipes) March 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

I love hush puppies and this recipe turned out great. Thank you!


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