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A Southern recipe for fried cornmeal hushpuppies by EatsByTheBeach.com


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x


A Southern recipe for delicious, golden, fried cornmeal balls that are the perfect side dish for fried fish, fried chicken, or barbecue.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ sweet onion, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup full-fat buttermilk
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, more depending on your pot


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the grated onion, egg, and buttermilk.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined – literally about 10 times around the bowl.
  4. In a large Dutch oven, pour the oil until you have at least 3-inches of oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer.
  5. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoon into the hot oil. The batter will sink at first and then rise to the top. Do not overcrowd the pot. Work in batches.
  6. Fry until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  7. Remove to a paper towel-lined baking dish. Keep warm in a 200-degree oven while frying the rest of the batter.
  8. Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 1