Delicious Southern Hush Puppies Recipe – Get Ready to Savor!

Are you craving some soul food? Look no further! As a chef specializing in Southern cuisine, I am excited to share with you my Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies Recipe. These delicious morsels are the perfect side dish for any fried food, but can also hold its own as the star of the meal.

When it comes to hush puppies, there are endless variations and recipes out there, but this one is a true standout. Made with a combination of white cornmeal, semolina, and flour, these hush puppies have just the right amount of crunch on the outside while being fluffy and buttery on the inside. The addition of buttermilk, egg, onion powder, and green onion lends depth of flavor and complexity that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Not only are these hush puppies delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make. With just a handful of simple ingredients and a few steps, you can have piping hot hush puppies ready to serve in no time. Whether you’re hosting a fish fry or indulging in some fried chicken or shrimp boil at home, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

So why settle for mediocre hush puppies when you can indulge in these Southern-style delights? Follow along for my detailed instructions and tips to ensure perfect results every time.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Frank's Southern Hush Puppies
Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies

If you’re a fan of southern-style cuisine, then boy, will you love this recipe. Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies are not your average side dish. They’re crispy, fluffy, and downright addictive. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of biting into one of these golden-brown puppies and hearing that satisfying crunch.

But what makes this recipe so special? To start off, it’s made with a combination of white cornmeal and purpose flour, giving it that distinct southern flavor and texture. But don’t worry if you don’t have these exact ingredients on hand – I’ll provide substitutions later on.

The recipe also includes buttermilk, which adds a tangy yet creamy taste to the batter, and helps tenderize the hush puppies. Along with an egg, green onion, and a blend of baking powder and baking soda, the result is a light and airy dough that creates perfect hush puppies every time.

Whether you’re serving up some fried chicken or shrimp boil alongside them or enjoying them as a standalone snack, these hush puppies are sure to delight your taste buds. So go ahead and give them a try – once you do, you’ll understand why they’re one of my all-time favorite soul food recipes.

Ingredient List

 The perfect pair for any southern meal: Frank's Southern Hush Puppies!
The perfect pair for any southern meal: Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies!

Let’s dive into the ingredients that you will need to make Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies Recipe. Before starting the recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients at hand to ensure the best results.

  • 2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Most of these ingredients are pantry staples and can be found in any supermarket. But if you don’t have buttermilk at home, don’t worry, you can still make them. Just mix 2 cups of regular milk with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes until it thickens and curdles.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to add a new favorite to your recipe book with Frank's Southern Hush Puppies.
Get ready to add a new favorite to your recipe book with Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies.

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let’s get started on making Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies! This southern-style side dish is perfect for any fried foods, such as fried chicken or a shrimp boil.

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of white cornmeal, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Mix it evenly until the dry ingredients are well combined.

Step 2: Add wet ingredients

In a separate smaller bowl, beat 1 egg and add 1 ½ cups of buttermilk. Now pour this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 3: Flavor your Hush Puppies

Add in your preferred flavors like 1 to 2 teaspoons of onion powder, green onions, and/or chopped onions to the mix. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of sugar to balance out the flavors.

Step 4: Rest batter for an hour

Once everything is mixed well, let the batter rest for an hour at room temperature. This step will help make your hush puppies light and crispy.

Step 5: Heat oil and form batter

Next, heat up at least 3/4 cup of vegetable oil in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Test if the oil is ready by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil; if it sizzles immediately, then it’s ready.

Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, form golf-ball-sized balls using the hush puppy batter mixture. Be sure not to overwork the dough; otherwise, you’ll end up with tough hush puppies.

Step 6: Deep fry your hush puppies

Carefully place the formed hush puppies into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on one side before flipping them over. This process should take no more than 3 to 4 minutes in total.

Step 7: Drain and serve

Once done, remove hush puppies from the oil using a slotted spoon and place onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. This recipe makes 12 to 15 hush puppies, so making another batch is always possible.

Enjoy your homemade hush puppies with your favorite southern fried food or even on its own as a snack.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say hello to your new favorite comfort food: Frank's Southern Hush Puppies.
Say hello to your new favorite comfort food: Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies.

Whether you have dietary restrictions or simply want to mix things up, there are several possible substitutions and variations for this southern-style hush puppy recipe that can lend their own unique twist to this beloved dish. Here are some ideas to suit a variety of tastes and needs:

– Flour Substitutions: If you have gluten intolerance or simply want to switch things up, you could replace the all-purpose flour in this hush puppy recipe with gluten-free flour or whole wheat flour. Be aware that the texture and taste may differ slightly depending on which flour you choose.

– Cornmeal Variations: There are many varieties of cornmeal available such as white cornmeal, yellow cornmeal and stone-ground cornmeal. You can use each one in this hush puppy recipe to add subtle differences in taste and texture.

– Modify the Spiciness Level: For a little extra heat, add some cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the batter. Alternatively, if you prefer less heat, reduce or completely omit any spicy ingredient listed in this recipe.

– Experiment with Other Ingredients: If you’d like to add a personal touch, consider incorporating other ingredients such as bacon bits, chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro or even small chunks of cheese into the batter.

– Vary Your Frying Process: While this recipe calls for deep-frying these hush puppies, there is no harm in trying out different techniques. For instance, shallow frying may be an option for those who don’t want to use too much oil while baking these hush puppies is an option for those who want to skip on the frying altogether.

Remember that minor adjustments can add a unique punch of flavour and texture to your hush puppies!

Serving and Pairing

 Your taste buds will thank you for trying Frank's Southern Hush Puppies.
Your taste buds will thank you for trying Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies.

Now that you’ve made these delicious Southern hush puppies, it’s time to think about serving and pairing them. These hush puppies make a perfect side dish for fried foods such as fried chicken, shrimp boil or fried catfish. You can also enjoy them as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce.

For a heartier meal, try pairing these hush puppies with some soul food classics such as collard greens, mac and cheese or black-eyed peas. They also go great with grilled meats such as BBQ ribs, steak or chicken.

To get the best taste out of these hush puppies, serve them hot and fresh from the deep fryer. Sprinkle some salt on top to enhance their flavor further. You can also add some chopped green onions on top for an extra crunch and flavor profile.

When it comes to drinks, sweet tea is a classic Southern choice that pairs well with these hush puppies. You can also opt for a cold beer or lemonade to wash down the crispy goodness.

These Southern hush puppies are incredibly versatile and pair well with a wide range of dishes. They’re perfect for family dinners, potlucks, BBQs or any event where you want to impress your guests with some homemade comfort food.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These crispy golden treasures are worth the effort - Frank's Southern Hush Puppies.
These crispy golden treasures are worth the effort – Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies.

As a busy chef, I understand the importance of time management when it comes to cooking. With this in mind, I’ve tested and perfected various methods for making these hush puppies ahead of time, storing them properly, and reheating them without sacrificing their crispy exterior and fluffy interior.

If you’re planning to make these hush puppies for a party or a family gathering, you can prepare the batter up to 24 hours before frying them. Prepare the batter according to the recipe instructions, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Once you’ve fried your hush puppies to golden perfection, you might have some leftovers that you want to store for later. The good news is that these hush puppies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. But if you want to keep them fresh for longer, store them in the fridge for up to five days or freeze them for up to three months. When reheating refrigerated or frozen hush puppies, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the hush puppies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5-10 minutes until they’re warm and crispy.

Another way to reheat your hushpuppies is by using an air fryer or a deep fryer. Reheat your refrigerated or frozen hush puppies in an air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for a few minutes until they’re heated through and crispy on the outside. If using a deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil at 375°F (190°C) and place the hush puppies in the basket. Fry them for 2-3 minutes until they’re heated through and golden brown.

With these make-ahead, storing, and reheating methods, you won’t have to worry about wasting food or spending too much time in the kitchen. Now, you can enjoy your crispy, fluffy hush puppies anytime you want, whether as a side dish for fried chicken or shrimp boil, or as a standalone snack for your soul food cravings.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Frank's Southern Hush Puppies: The secret to impressing your dinner guests.
Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies: The secret to impressing your dinner guests.

Now that we have covered the basics of making delicious hush puppies, let’s dive into some tips to make sure you get perfect results every time.

Firstly, I would recommend using a deep fryer for frying your hush puppies. It ensures even cooking and eliminates the risk of overcrowding in the pan which can cause uneven browning. Plus, it maintains the oil temperature throughout the process, which is crucial for obtaining the perfect golden brown crust.

Secondly, make sure to use fresh ingredients. Here we are talking about fresh buttermilk, eggs and green onion that will boost the flavor of your hush puppies recipe. Ingredients tend to lose their flavor when stored for long periods so make sure you have a fresh batch before you start cooking.

Thirdly, don’t overmix your batter. When mixing your ingredients together, only mix them until they are just combined – resist the temptation to overmix or you’ll stir up gluten in the flour and end up with tough hush puppies.

Fourthly, keep an eye on the oil temperature. Maintaining the right heat during frying is critical for producing crispy hush puppies on the outside while maintaining a soft and chewy interior. An ideal frying temperature ranges between 375°F and 385°F– anything hotter than that and they will overcook on the outside while remaining raw on the inside.

Finally, drain your hush puppies after removing them from hot oil by placing them onto a paper towel-lined plate or rack to cool down and remove excess oil. It will keep them from becoming soggy and ensure they maintain their crispy texture.

By following these tips, you are guaranteed perfect results every time you make this southern-style hush puppies recipe at home.


As we conclude this recipe article, I want to take some time to address common questions that might be lingering in your mind. In this FAQ section, I will provide helpful and informative answers to any doubts or further inquiries you might have about the Southern Hush Puppies recipe. So don’t miss out on this last piece of valuable information!

What is hush puppy batter made of?

When it comes to making hush puppies, a simple batter made with cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and other ingredients like milk and eggs does the trick. To level it up, some recipes suggest adding scallions or onions. The batter is flexible enough to allow for creative flourishes such as spicy peppers, cheese, spices or even beer to add some punch.

Are hush puppies Southern?

Hush puppies, a staple of Southern cuisine, are bite-sized balls of deep-fried cornmeal batter that make for a tasty and unpretentious side dish. They pair particularly well with fried seafood dishes such as catfish.

Why are my hush puppies greasy?

Finding the appropriate temperature to fry hush puppies can be tricky. If the temperature is too low, they will have a greasy texture. On the other hand, if the temperature is too high, the outside can end up being overcooked.

What is an American hush puppy?

When it comes to Southern-style cuisine, hushpuppies are a must-try dish. These small, savory rounds are made from a batter made with cornmeal, and they are typically deep-fried. Hushpuppies are a popular choice for those seeking a tasty side dish that pairs well with seafood and other fried foods.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves southern-style cuisine or fried foods. With the perfect blend of ingredients and the right techniques, you can easily create delicious hush puppies that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This recipe is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences, whether you want to make them spicier or sweeter.

If you want to impress your friends and family at your next fish fry or soul food feast, make sure to try out Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies Recipe. You won’t be disappointed with its savory taste and its ability to complement any meal. Plus, with the tips and tricks mentioned in this article, you’re guaranteed success even if you’re new to making hush puppies.

So why wait? Grab your ingredients and start whipping up a batch of Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies today! Your taste buds will thank you.

Frank's Southern Hush Puppies

Frank’s Southern Hush Puppies Recipe

Traditional accompaniment for fried fish
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern US
Calories 321.7 kcal


  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk


  • Mix all solid ingredients.
  • Stir in egg and buttermilk until a fairly tight batter forms -- use additional buttermilk if necessary.
  • Fry in hot oil till browned on both sides -- traditionally the oil used to cook the fish.

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Serving: 124gCalories: 321.7kcalCarbohydrates: 65.4gProtein: 9.2gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 53.7mgSodium: 457.1mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 14.1g
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