Buttermilk Hushpuppies Recipe

Dangerously easy. Yvonne Ruperti

These fried cornmeal batter nuggets are crunchy on the outside and moist with buttermilk on the inside. Finish them with a spicy cayenne remoulade sauce on the side.

Notes: For varying salt preferences, I've offered a range. I suggest starting with the less amount, taste the batter or fry one, and then add more if desired.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 4 servings
Makes: 16 hushpuppies

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  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ouncesall-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt (see note)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1 small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (optional)

  • Oil for frying

Remoulade Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon mustard

  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon fresh juice from one lemon

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions


  1. Make Remoulade sauce: Stir all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Season to taste and set aside.

  2. Make hushpuppies: Stir cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add onion, buttermilk, melted butter, hot sauce, and scallions (if using), and then stir until just combined.

  3. Pour oil into a heavy duty pot to 2 inches deep. Heat over medium high heat until temperature reaches 375°F. Working in batches, gently roll dough into golf ball-sized balls and carefully lower into hot oil using a slotted spoon. Take care not to crowd pot. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, turning with wooden spoon for even browning, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm hushpuppies plain or with remoulade dipping sauce.

Special equipment

heavy duty pot

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
599 Calories
44g Fat
47g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 599
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 1061mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 198mg 15%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 256mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)