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Southern Sweet Onion Hush Puppies

This classic Southern hush puppy recipe is made with cornmeal batter, diced sweet onions, and the perfect amount of sweetness. These hushpuppies are crispy and golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and will become a new family favorite!
4.77 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 24 hush puppies
Calories 148 kcal




  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and spices until combined. In a separate medium mixing bowl, beat together the egg and buttermilk until the egg is completely mixed in.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into the bowl with the cornmeal mixture and mix together with a silicone spatula until just combined, or no more dry cornmeal and flour are visible. Lastly, fold in the chopped onions with the spatula.
  • Heat oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it has reached 365 degrees Fahrenheit (185°C).
  • Using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop or two tablespoons, drop balls of batter into the hot oil in batches, about 6-7 at a time. Cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the hush puppies from the oil to a paper towel-lined plate. Allow hushpuppies to cool enough to handle and enjoy!


  • Measure cornmeal and flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife.
  • If you do not have a thermometer you can test the oil by sprinkling a small amount of cornmeal into the hot oil. If it sizzles as soon as it touches the oil, the oil is ready for frying.
  • Leftover hushpuppies can be stored in a ziptop bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat hushpuppies in the microwave or, for the crispiest texture, reheat them in the oven.


Serving: 2HushpuppiesCalories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 21.6gProtein: 3.3gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 4.9gCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cornmeal fritters, hush puppies, hushpuppies, southern recipes
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