Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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I first fell in love with hushpuppies when I was pretty young. It happened by default, actually. I vividly remember a day that my sister and I were out with my mom and grandma and it was decided that we needed to stop somewhere for lunch. Instead of the typical McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Eat n’ Park or King’s (holla, Pittsburgh!), for some reason that day we ended up at Long John Silver’s. I was pretty young, maybe early elementary school age, and I was firmly planted in my I-hate-fish stance. I was not budging, either. I have no idea what my mom ordered for me to eat that day, but I remember not eating anything fish-related, rather I stuffed my face full of these fried cornbread things called “hushpuppies”. Cue the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp… I was in love.

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I was probably in high school before I went to a Long John Silver’s again, and in my little area of the world (teetering between the northeast and midwest), hushpuppies just isn’t really a thing like it is in other areas of the country. However, since then, anytime I have traveled even remotely south and have seen hushpuppies on a menu, I just have to order them. I love those little cornbread fritter bites; how can you not?!

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Once I made them at home, I couldn’t believe how insanely simple they are to make. It takes literally less than 5 minutes to mix the batter together, and then you just drop them in some oil and fry away! You could use a large pot or Dutch oven; I made mine in my 12-inch cast iron skillet easily in two batches. While you can reheat them, they are definitely best eaten soon after they are made.

I’m thrilled that I can bring my oddly vivid memory of hushpuppies full circle and make them in my own kitchen. Now if only more restaurants in Pittsburgh would offer them on their menus!

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Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Yield: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

The hugely popular fried cornmeal fritters with a Sriracha dipping sauce.


For the Hushpuppies:
¾ cup cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup buttermilk
2 eggs
¼ cup minced yellow onion
2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil, for frying

For the Dipping Sauce:
⅓ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Sriracha


1. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cayenne in a large bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk, eggs and onion until combined. Let the batter sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and Sriracha. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. Drop half of batter into oil in heaping tablespoons (I used a small cookie scoop) and fry until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, turning hushpuppies halfway through cooking. Transfer to a wire rack set over a double layer of paper towels and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately. The hushpuppies can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat in a 450-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

(Recipe from Cook's Country, August/September 2009)

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32 Responses to “Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce”

  1. Debra on June 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I must have tartar sauce for my hush puppies…but your sauce does sound good too :)


    • Lindsey on July 16th, 2014 at 9:28 am

      It is, trust me! I made these and the sauce for a fish fry this last weekend. HUGE success! The dipping sauce was nice and creamy but had a wonderful bite. Everyone was raving.


  2. Randy Goldberg on June 19, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Could you make them flatter, more patty-shaped, and shallow-fry them in a half-inch or so of oil in a skillet? I don’t generally deep-fry, and the thought of throwing away all that oil makes my penny-pinching heart cry. :)


    • Michelle on June 19th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Randy, You really can’t shape these; the batter is quite thin. You could try dropping it lengthwise instead of one dollop to get something flatter, but I’m not sure how well it would work.


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 19, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I used to live in NC and SC and at some of my fave restaurants, they made the best hush puppies and I still have fond memories, 10+ years later! Yours are great looking and that sauce, mmm! I’d dip just about anything in that! pinned


  4. Mir on June 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Wow. I have to tell you that one of my happiest childhood food memories is having hush puppies from Long John Silvers. And I haven’t had them in years because there aren’t any out here! And I miss them!
    But now I don’t have to. I’m so excited to make your recipe!!


    • Lorraine on January 21st, 2015 at 11:32 am

      There are still Long John Silver’s around.
      I was at one yesterday – that is a combo
      Business with a KFC in New Windsor,
      NY( near Newburgh,NY)
      I passed on the hush puppies
      As once you have them in the South,
      the flavor can’t be beat


  5. Jane M. on June 19, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Many years ago, while stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, a group of us had dinner at a seafood restaurant in town. I had ordered a seafood platter and was then introduced to hush puppies – a standard accompaniment to most fried southern entrees. They were wonderful. Why I never tried making them on my own is my loss. I am definitely giving your recipe a try.


  6. Marie @ Little Kitchie on June 19, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Hushpuppies are my weakness! A place in Austin that I love serves a jalapeno goat cheese version… yum!! These look perfect, and that spicy sauce sounds so good!


  7. Lynn on June 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

    We don’t own a Dutch oven, but when you post things like this, it reminds me I think we need one!!


  8. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on June 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

    You’re making me feel guilty that I’ve never taken the kids to Long John Silver’s for hushpuppies. But I can make these!

    Got a cheap Dutch oven for 30 bucks at the Christmas Tree Shops!

    Love Pittsburg. Love Eat n’ Park!!!!! Love those smiley faced cookies.


  9. Melanie @ Carmel Moments on June 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Oh geez! This makes me want to sit down with some crab legs and the ocean lapping in the background. Love hushpuppies!


  10. Ciara on June 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I LOVE hushpuppies and have been craving them for the past few days so when I saw this recipe in my email, I was ecstatic! I’ve been wanting to make my own, but haven’t had the time to look up a recipe that fits, but I think this is it! I may add a bit of sugar to mine though because I like hushpuppies that have a bit of sweetness to them. Thank you so much!!


  11. Daphne on June 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

    These look delicious. Your sauce looks good. Honey butter is good too. This makes me so homesick (NC). My husband is from Coastal NC where you get hushpuppies with Calabash Shrimp. That is the best!


  12. marcie on June 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

    These do sound really easy to make, and I love cornbread anything! That dipping sauce would be a must-try, too. They look so golden brown and crispy!


  13. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen on June 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This recipe is seriously perfection!! It is easy to make and I bet they taste as good as they look on the pictures.


  14. Tina on June 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love Hushpuppies! OMG I remember Long John Silvers as kid too! I had a shy palette too Michelle! I would get the chicken, fries and the hushpuppies. I also remember them putting crunchy crumbs in the container too-those were good! Ha Ha! the good ole days… I might attempt these soon!


  15. Rebecca @ Sweet & Simple Life Blog on June 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Hushpuppies are amazing. There’s this hole in the wall place we sometimes go at the beach and they have hushpuppies with little bits of jalapenos in them. Talk about good! I like a little ranch with them. :)


  16. Sandra on June 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Great story!,Great pictures too! Here in México if you say hushpuppies always remember the 70’s children shoes…inedible, nothing to do with your recipe…


  17. Dani on June 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I can totally relate! I also fell in love with hushpuppies thanks to Long John Silver’s and can’t pass them up on a menu. I may just have to make some for dinner tonight. And your dipping sauce sounds amazing! Thanks for reminding me of an old favorite!


  18. Nicole @ Just Live It on June 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Are they sweet at all? I’ve had a corn fritter (that seems to resemble these hushpuppies), but it was served with a maple syrup. Either way, these look delicious and like the ultimate comfort food! :)


    • Michelle on June 19th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Nicole, They are not sweet at all.


  19. Sammi @Sammi Sunshine on June 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve only had these at Long John Silvers also! I like in KC, and I can’t think of anywhere else besides LJS that serves them… I never realized how easy they were to make!


  20. Lori @ RecipeGirl on June 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Looks awesome- can’t wait to try this!


  21. Mary Frances on June 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Your hushpuppies look perfect!


  22. Jenny on June 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    My son loves hushpuppies. Will have to try this recipe.


  23. Sharon on June 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Add a little bit of minced jalapeno pepper to the batter. And definitely dip them in tartar sauce.


  24. Alisa@Tenml on June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This recipe is fantastic. that sauce look soo creammyy..


  25. Medha @ Whisk & Shout on June 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Oh my god, I just want to stick those on toothpicks or skewers and serve them at a summer garden party! (And of course save a ton for myself to guzzle down with some iced tea). The ultimate comfort food, and with a kick! Love it.


  26. Katy on June 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Oh my word, there must be something in the air/water (Pgh locals enjoying the same stuff!) because I was just talking about hush puppies last weekend. We passed a Long John Silver’s in Monroeville, and I told my husband I was thisclose to pulling over the car for hush puppies. I didn’t do it because I haven’t had them from LJS in at least 15 years and was afraid they wouldn’t live up to the glorious inflated memory I had of them. Now I can make them at home. Thank you! :)


  27. Millie | Add A Little on June 22, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Yum! These look totally amazing – I’ve never tried hush puppies but your totally making me drool haha!


  28. Lindsey on July 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

    These are super yummy! I made them for a fish fry this last weekend and they were a huge success!!! They fried up perfectly! I made so many of them and every time I turned around someone was saying how awesome they were. Thank you so much Michelle for putting these on here. It will definitely become a staple for us.


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