Hush Puppies

These delicious cornmeal fritters (hush puppies) flavored with garlic and onions are the perfect savory nibbles or side dish!



It is getting a little cooler in the morning now, I certainly feel that in the air. While I hate to say goodbye to summer, I welcome the cooler weather, too.

I guess, after experiencing a heatwave in Europe while we were there this month, air conditioning and cooler weather in the US was very much a welcome relief!

Indeed, it is when you travel that you realize how much you miss the comfort of home and certainly aircon!!! LOL. 🙂



Anyway, since it’s already somewhat cool enough to use the stovetop I thought I’ll finally share this post which I had in my archive for months. I made these yummy cornmeal fritters, more popularly known as “hush puppies,” sometime during the end of winter and beginning of spring and somehow have forgotten about it until I was browsing my list of unpublished recipes and wondering which one to post. Thankfully, I saw this!

For those who are not from the US and may not have heard of this southern specialty, hush puppies are cornmeal fritters – naturally made with cornmeal batter, deep-fried and often served as a side dish.

For me, I fancy them as a snack, savory nibbles, if you like as I truly prefer something with a more salty flavor to snack on rather than sweet ones.

According to legend, this dish got its name when a cook fed these cornmeal fritters to a howling dog to keep it quiet saying, “Hush, puppy.” Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. Nonetheless, why feed these yummy bites to your pet when you can enjoy them yourselves!!!


 These delicious cornmeal fritters (hush puppies) flavored with garlic and onions are the perfect savory nibbles or side dish!


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Hush Puppies

By: Manila Spoon

August 29, 2015

These delicious cornmeal fritters (hush puppies) flavored with garlic and onions are the perfect savory nibbles or side dish!


  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • Oil for deep frying



  1. In a deep saucepan heat, the oil to about 350-360 F. Oil should measure about 1 1/2 – 2 inches when poured. If you don’t have a deep-frying thermometer, test it by dropping a tiny bit of batter and if it sizzles on contact then the oil is hot enough.
  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt and garlic powder. Pour the buttermilk and the eggs into the mix and blend everything just until moist. Lastly, stir in the onions to the mix.
  3. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil in batches. The fried batter would puff and float to the top. Fry until all sides are nicely browned. Transfer them to a paper-towel-lined strainer or plate to remove any excess oil. Repeat for the rest of the batch. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper before serving, if desired. Enjoy!

Yield: 20-25 Fritters
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes in total
Total Time: 30 Minutes


Last updated on October 5th, 2020 at 11:27 am



  1. August 30, 2015 / 1:36 am

    You are going to think I am crazy, but I never had a hush puppy before. Always wanted to and now I have the perfect excuse!!! These nibbles are absolutely adorable and just divine looking!!!

    • August 31, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! I have never had them either until early this year and I hope you can try them, too! 🙂

    • August 31, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      Haha….thanks Dorothy! Hope the weather gets cooler there soon! 🙂

  2. August 31, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    It's so true! I remember visiting during an Indian summer in Europe and wishing for air conditioning! Those hush puppies look divine – I've actually never tried them. Definitely going on the bucket list.

    • August 31, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      I often wondered while there – how do they bear with this every summer…..I have been so spoiled in the US….haha. 🙂 Thanks, Alisa!

  3. August 31, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Here in Canada, any time I hear "hush puppy" I think of the drink slush puppies which is a cold slushy beverage. Complete opposites but refreshing on a hot day like to day! I would definitely have no trouble eating these little guys 🙂

    • September 2, 2015 / 12:05 am

      I have never heard of slush puppies and now I have to check it out! Thanks, Kacey!

  4. August 31, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    There is a restaurant near by (when we lived in LA) that would charge a FORTUNE for hush puppies but they were so good you didn't care. Every time I ordered them I knew how inexpensive they were to make but I kept ordering. Now I am going to make my own! Yours look amazing!

    • September 2, 2015 / 12:06 am

      It's so easy to make so I would highly recommend making them Sabrina! Thanks!

  5. August 31, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    These are perfection! I have only ever had hush puppies when eating out, I definitely need to try making them at home.

    • September 2, 2015 / 12:07 am

      I highly recommend that Des as they're very easy to make and so tweakable (is there such a word?) to your taste buds. 🙂

  6. September 1, 2015 / 12:00 am

    I have missed our annual trip to the NC beaches for 2 summers in a row, and your pictures are KILLING ME! I adore hush puppies! Great job!

    • September 2, 2015 / 12:08 am

      Thanks, Laura.I think I need to make them again soon!

  7. September 1, 2015 / 8:18 am

    I am so exited for the cooler weather. October is my favourite month, so I am counting down the days haha.
    I haven't heard of these before, but I will look out for them on menus when I am in the States in a couple of weeks and try them out 🙂

    • September 2, 2015 / 12:08 am

      If you're visiting the south, you won't miss these! Have a great trip, Dannii!

  8. September 3, 2015 / 1:10 am

    I am insanely crazy for hush puppies! How can anyone not have heard of them??? 🙂 Of course, I was born down South, so I'm biased that way…

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