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.
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.
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
In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, white rice flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, chipotle powder (if using), and xanthan gum.
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.
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.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*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.|