Gluten-Free Hush Puppies Recipe


This recipe works well with variations. While white rice flour makes traditional hush puppies, whole grain gluten-free flours (like brown rice flour or sorghum flour) can be used. The resulting hush puppies are slightly denser and fry up a little darker.

October 2012

This recipe was cross-tested in 2022 and lightly updated to guarantee best results. For crispy hush puppies with creamy centers, we recommend dropping in a scant tablespoon of batter and cooking each of them for a total of 3 minutes.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Active: About 40 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 24 hush puppies

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  • 1 cup (5 ounces; 142g) gluten-free cornmeal

  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces; 85g) white rice flour

  • 3 tablespoons (45g) granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons (8g) baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much by volume

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder, optional

  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 2 quarts (1.89 liters) vegetable oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 small onion, finely chopped)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic, minced)

  • 1/2 cup (118ml) whole milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten 


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, white rice flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, chipotle powder (if using), and xanthan gum.

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over high heat to 350°F and adjust flame to maintain temperature. Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together onion, garlic, milk, and egg. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until smooth but some lumps remain. Drop batter, about 1 scant tablespoon at a time, into hot oil until you have a dozen hush puppies. Fry until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove hush puppies from the oil with a skimmer. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm.

Special equipment

Deep fryer, wok, or Dutch oven

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
97 Calories
5g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 36mg 1%
*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.)