Stan’s Hushpuppies

by Alli

Stan’s hushpuppies are tender on the inside and have a nice crunch on the outside. These are mush-haves when hosting a fish fry. 

When my extended family gets together, there is usually a family fish fry in the cards. That’s because my and older brother, Stan, is 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.  

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!

I consider myself blessed when I’m able to spend a week with my extended family at St. George Island. It’s always a week of fishing, swimming, sunning, laughing, eating, and lots of walking (to counteract the eating).

Personally, I rarely eat fried foods these days, 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 (you can find the recipe down below), 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 Stan’s Hushpuppies recipe. 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!

Ingredients for Stan’s Hushpuppies

  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Onion, finely chopped (we use Vidalia)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Self-rising cornmeal (If you use self-rising cornmeal mix, omit the flour)
  • Peanut oil (for frying)

We don’t add sugar to our hushpuppies, but if you like them sweet, add 1-1/2 Tablespoons sugar when you’re mixing up the batter. 

Don’t these hushpuppies look yummy?


The finished batch of hushpuppies! 


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Yield: 35 - 40 hushpuppies

Stan’s Hushpuppies

 Stan’s Hushpuppies

Stan's Hushpuppies are tender on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal (self-rising) (If you use self-rising cornmeal mix, omit flour)
  • peanut oil for deep frying (about 4-6 cups for an outdoor fryer)


  1. In a dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 2 inches of oil to 325º F.
  2. Mix all hushpuppy ingredients together. The 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.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon to drop mixture into the oil. (When deep-frying, the hushpuppies 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 (about 3 minutes per batch).
  4. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter.


Always use extreme caution when deep-frying! Don't overcrowd the pot.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 38Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

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This post was originally written in 2013 and updated on August 5, 2020. 


Leah July 17, 2013 - 9:44 am

Yummy they look fabulous!

Alli July 18, 2013 - 5:40 am

Do try them! And let me know what you think.

Alli July 18, 2013 - 5:41 am

Hushpuppies are a staple at any southern fish fry! You have to try them!

Jeannie July 18, 2013 - 8:43 am

I’ve been looking through your site and feel a kindred spirit. My dad used to send me down to the garden early in the morning to gather some green tomatoes and fry them for breakfast. Ah, fond memories.
for what it’s worth

Bethany July 18, 2013 - 8:51 am

Yum, yum, yum!!!

Betsy July 20, 2013 - 1:59 pm

I like my hush puppies with just a touch of sweetness. Any idea how much sugar to add to do that?

Alli July 21, 2013 - 6:55 am

One tablespoon of sugar should do the trick!

Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet July 23, 2013 - 9:46 am

A girl after my own heart – I’ve never met a hushpuppy I couldn’t resist! These look so yummy they’re making me want them for breakfast!

(Stopping by from the Tasty Tuesdays linkup party!)

Alli July 23, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Your chicken and avocado tacos sound awesome!

Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove July 24, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Pinned this one too! I could go to a seafood place and just be happy with a bowl of hush puppies and tartar sauce! These look yum! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

Alli July 25, 2013 - 6:56 am

I love All Things Pretty! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and commenting!

Alison at NOVA Frugal Family July 26, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Funny thing is that we don’t like seafood but I made hush puppies from a mix and it was so good that I wanted more. I would love to make them from scratch!!! I bought some cornmeal that was self rising before and it was not that tasty. Do you have a brand you use??

Alli July 27, 2013 - 6:08 am

I always use the white cornmeal mix – usually White Lily. But any of them would work.

Joanne T Ferguson July 26, 2013 - 11:45 pm

LOVE hush puppies, true!
Especially in Rhode Island Clam Chowder too; viewing as part of Foodie Friends Friday
Cheers! Joanne

Alli July 27, 2013 - 6:09 am

Thanks for stopping by! Can’t have fish without hush puppies! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Marlys @ This and That July 28, 2013 - 3:10 am

I make something similar but hubby calls them Beignets… I will have to try them with buttermilk as that would give them a different flavour. We also only fry ours in a small amount of oil on the stove. Thanks for sharing these on Foodie Friends Friday and this recipe was one of the 3 recipes with the most clicks…

Alli July 28, 2013 - 6:21 am

I love beignets! A lot of people add sugar to their hushpuppy mix, but my family likes them savory. In the south, people seem to add sugar to everything. I’m a southern girl, but for some reason, my mom never added sugar to cornbread, hushpuppies, etc. Therefore, I don’t either. They are good, no matter how they are made! 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

Dawn from I Think We Could Be Friends October 10, 2013 - 10:55 am

Oh my , these look awesome! And such simple ingredients, too…can’t wait to try 🙂

Stopping by from Throwback Thursday, thank you for hosting! -Dawn

Alli October 11, 2013 - 7:58 am

Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday.

Becky March 31, 2022 - 10:41 am

Would you believe my husband and I ate at a seafood restaurant close to the Gulf in Alabama and when the food came, no hush puppies. my husband ask where’s the hush puppies and she said we don’t serve hush puppies. Can you believe seafod without hush puppies? My husband was very forceful and after much discussion, they made us four hush puppies. Funny story but it happened!

Alli March 31, 2022 - 10:44 am

Oh, no! You can’t eat seafood without hush puppies! At least they made you some. Good thing your husband didn’t back down. That is so funny!

Sharon June 4, 2022 - 5:14 pm

My boyfriend doesn’t like onion could I use onion powder and how much would I use? And I don’t know where to get peanut oil could I use another oil and would it taste ok???

Alli June 5, 2022 - 9:29 am

You can use canola oil in place of the peanut oil. I’ve never used onion powder in these hushpuppies but one Tablespoon of onion powder equals one onion. It should work fine.

TERESA BOTTKOL June 9, 2022 - 2:15 pm

can you use vegtable oil instead

Alli June 10, 2022 - 8:00 am


becky June 9, 2022 - 8:01 pm

could these be adapted to use an air fryer, husband had stroke and we are cutting out fried foods but I love hushpuppies.

Alli June 10, 2022 - 7:59 am

Prayers for your husband! I’ve never made these in the air fryer and I don’t think this recipe will work in an air fryer. I did find several hushpuppy air fryer recipes online. I found this air fryer recipe link from Southern Living:


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