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Carolina Hush Puppies

Adapted from Saveur


8 servings

Adapted from Saveur

You can't have Carolina-style barbecue without hush puppies. This Carolina hush puppies recipe produces crispy, slightly sweet, and perfectly fried bites to complement your hard-earned barbecue platter.

Not feeling barbecue? These puppies go great with seafood or make a fun alternative to traditional cornbread to go with your next pot of chili.

Serving Suggestions

Hush puppies taste best right after they are fried. Serve with your favorite style of barbecue. Perfect with chopped or pulled pork.

Recipe Notes

*We had success making a gluten-free version of this recipe using Pillsbury's Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend.


For hush puppies:

2 cups yellow cornmeal

1 cup flour*

2 Tbsp. sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup melted butter

Vegetable oil, to fry

For honey butter:

1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, softened

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Step 1: Make hush puppies

Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined and let batter sit for 10 min. Meanwhile, heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat until oil reaches 350 degrees. In batches of about 6 to 8 at a time, drop 1 heaping Tbsp. sized scoops of batter into the oil and fry until golden brown, about 1 to 2 min. per side. Transfer hush puppies to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with additional salt to taste.

Step 2: Make honey butter

Blend butter and Honey Powder until thoroughly combined. Serve alongside warm hush puppies.