When my extended family gets together, there is usually a family fish fry in the cards. That’s because my mom, dad and older brother, Stan, are the best in the entire world when it comes to fishing and all things fish – including cooking them. And Stan’s Hushpuppies are the greatest things since sliced bread. (That’s southern speak for all my non-southern friends.)
I’ve eaten at many seafood restaurants across the USA and in other countries, but none come close to my family’s fish fries! They’re what legends are made of!
A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to be able to spend a week with my extended family at St. George Island. It was a week of fishing, swimming, sunning, laughing, eating and lots of walking (to counteract the eating).
Personally, I seldom eat fried food, but on the night that we had THE fish fry, I made up for all the time I had lost! We also had fried green tomatoes (click here for the recipe), fried squash, and fried fish! Do you think the coleslaw may have helped create a balance with all those fried foods? Or the fried french fries? Nah, but it was a once a year (for me) kind of thing and I thoroughly enjoyed it! And, we walked for miles afterward!
Today I’m sharing my Stan’s Hushpuppies. They are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, with little bits of onion mixed it. Yum!
Note: These were cooked outdoors, in a deep fryer!
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups corn meal (self-rising) (If you use self rising corn meal mix, omit flour)
- peanut oil (for deep frying) (about 4-6 cups for an outdoor fryer)
- Heat oil to 325
- Mix all ingredients together. Mixture should be fairly thick (when you drop mixture from a spoon, it should fall slowly) If it's too thick, add a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to drop mixture into oil. They will almost flip themselves over in the oil. It's magic! As soon as they are brown on one side, flip over. Watch carefully. It doesn't take long for them to cook.
- Helpful Hint: Always use extreme caution when deep frying!