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Jalapeno Hush Puppies Recipe

Light and fluffy on the inside, perfectly crispy on the outside, with just a touch of spice, these Jalapeno Hush Puppies are the perfect accompaniment for a true Southern meal.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 221kcal


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 whole jalapenos minced
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 medium onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine, being careful not to over mix. It's ok if it's a little lumpy. 
  • Heat about 2-3 cups of oil to 350F in a dutch oven.
  • Using a medium sized cookie scoop, drop scoops of the batter in the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. 
  • Fry for about 2-3 minutes then flip over and fry another 2-3 minutes. They should be golden brown on all sides.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the hushpuppies from the oil and drain them on paper towels.


  1. Don't overcrowd the pan or the temperature of the oil may drop too much. This can cause hush puppies to become soggy.
  2. If making more than 2-3 batches, keep the cooked ones warm in a 200F oven.
  3. Add an additional jalapeno (or other pepper) for more heat.
  4. Add in some crumbled bacon for a meaty flavor.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 2mg