Southern Jalapeno Hushpuppies (Hush Puppies)

Jalapeno Hushpuppies are a requirement with all of our fried fish or shrimp.  It’s a must! They are spicy, crispy, golden brown little nuggets of fried cornbread heaven.  No fish fry is complete without them.

Jalapeno Hushpuppies stacked up in a basket lined with brown paper.

Why You’ll Love These

We recently had these with our Beer Battered Fish.  If you are going to be deep-frying fish anyway, throw in some of these bad boys.  I promise you won’t regret it.

This jalapeno hush puppies recipe is quick and easy and pairs well with fried shrimp or fish.

They are the perfect combination of flavors and textures that are great as an appetizer also.

Some of our other favorite side dish recipes are Summer Succotash, Macaroni Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, No Mayo Potato Salad, and Easy Twice Baked Potatoes.

Are They Hush Puppies or Hushpuppies?

According to Wikipedia and The Grammarist, they are known as hush puppies, hushpuppies, and sometimes hush-puppies.

Key Ingredients

See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

  • Dry Ingredients – White or yellow cornmeal works fine. Be sure to use all-purpose flour. Baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. The sugar is optional. I typically don’t use sugar in cornbread or biscuits, but for these hush puppies, I recommend using sugar.
  • Wet Ingredients – Buttermilk and large eggs.
  • Jalapenos and Onions – Use fresh jalapeno peppers. They tend to be milder than jarred jalapenos. I prefer to use a sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia onion.
  • Oil for Frying – A neutral oil with a high heat point is best, such as vegetable, canola oil, or peanut oil.

How to Make Jalapeno Hushpuppies

Jalapeno hushpuppies batter in a metal bowl.

Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt,Β and sugar.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, then add the onion and fresh jalapeΓ±o peppers and stir until incorporated and the batter is thick.

Fill a heavy-bottomed pot (Dutch oven) or deep fryer with a few inches of oil. Heat the oil for frying to 360 degrees F.

Scoop with a cookie dough scoop (or spoon). The cookie dough scoop helps keep them as round as possible.

Working in batches, drop the batter one tablespoon at a time into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pot.

Fry until deep golden on all sides, turning in the oil for even cooking, about 5 minutes. Remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt (if desired) while hot.

Repeat with the remaining batter.

Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of the frying method. I was a little busy…ok, I forgot.

Jalapeno Hushpuppies in a basket lined with brown paper.

Simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. It takes less than 5 minutes to mix the batter and only about 5 minutes of frying time.

Fast and easy jalapeno hush puppies! It’s a perfect side dish for fish or shrimp dinners.

Tips

  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make homemade buttermilk by stirring 1/2 cup of milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It should look somewhat separated at the top, with a little light curdling.
  • Yes, it’s three teaspoons of baking powder. The baking powder creates air bubbles giving these hush puppies their light and airy texture.
  • Do not overmix the batter. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • I use a heavy-bottomed pan such as a Dutch oven. But you can also use a cast iron skillet as long as it’s deep enough for a couple of inches of oil. You want the hush puppies to float, not stick to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Use a deep frying thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil.
  • If the oil temperature drops, be sure to allow it to come back up before dropping the next batch. Otherwise, the hushpuppies will soak up the oil.
  • Drain them on paper towels or, even better, a wire rack over paper towels in a sheet pan. This will help keep them crispy.

FAQs

What are hush puppies?

Hush puppies are prepared with a combination of cornmeal and flour and deep-fried. They are like fried cornbread balls. They were initially made by fishermen to toss to the dogs to keep them quiet.

Can you cook hush puppies in the air fryer?

These are best traditionally deep-fried. I do not recommend using an air fryer. The batter will not hold its shape in the air fryer.

Storing

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350 F degree oven or an air fryer to crisp them up again.

Freezing

As with most fried foods, these are best served immediately.

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Jalapeno Hushpuppies stacked up in a basket.

Jalapeno Hushpuppies

Jalapeno Hushpuppies – These spicy little-fried nuggets of cornmeal are the perfect companion to any fried fish!
4.88 from 16 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hush, hushpuppies, jalapeno, puppies, spicy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup Cornmeal white or yellow
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Onion diced small
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Jalapeno peppers (as desired)chopped
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk, in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, then add the onion and jalapenos and stir until incorporated and the batter is thick.
    1 cup Cornmeal, 3/4 cup All-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons Baking powder, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1 tablespoon Granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda, 2 large Eggs, beaten, 1/2 cup Buttermilk, 1/4 cup Onion, 1/4 to 1/2 cup Jalapeno peppers
  • In a heavy-bottomed pot (Dutch oven) or deep fryer, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 360 degrees F.
    Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • Working in batches, drop the batter, 1 tablespoon (I use a cookie dough scoop) at a time, into the oil, being careful to not overcrowd the pot. Fry until deep golden on all sides, turning in the oil for even cooking, about 5 minutes. Transfer the hush puppies to a paper towel-lined dish and sprinkle with salt (if desired) while hot.

Notes

This recipe yields about 12 to 15 pieces, depending on the scoop size.
Use a thermometer to control the temperature of the oil.
Homemade Buttermilk – Stir 1/2 cup milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar together and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Storing – Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or an air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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55 Comments

  1. These are perfection and the recipe halves perfectly for just two people. Thanks for a great recipe and drawing me in with the mouth watering photos ❀️5 stars

  2. Oh my gosh, I love hush puppies! But I haven’t had them forever. I don’t know how I forgot about them. I never dreamed of adding jalapenos into these little bready, fried pieces of Heaven. But I am pinning this recipe so that we can have these the next time we have fish and chips. I am so excited my stomach’s growling right now!5 stars

  3. Hey Erin! So excited to let you know your jalapeno hushpuppies are one of my features tomorrow morning on You Link It, We Make it! Thanks so much for such a great recipe – have a fabulous day!

  4. These look so good. I love jalapeΓ±o cornbread, this is a great idea! Thanks for linking up at You Link It, We Make It, hope to see you back tomorrow!

  5. These hushpuppies are killer, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning, tweeting and featuring on this week’s hop.

  6. These remind me of the hushpuppies at Joe’s Crab Shack! Yummy! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  7. I love hushpuppies, jalapeΓ±os sound like a great addition! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  8. Oh, I love hushpuppies but I’ve never tried with Jalapeno…pinning this recipe! Thank you for sharing with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

  9. Oh, I bet these are the bomb! On my list to try for sure! Thanks for linking up with us at You Link It, We Make It!

  10. These little bag boys look awesome. We don’t have a deep fat fryer, so I don’t think I’ll be making them any time soon, but I’m pretty sure I’d love them.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

  11. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday- definitely going to feature these on Tuesday! πŸ™‚
    Cheers,
    AJ

  12. What a great twist on traditional hush puppies! My husband would love these! Thank you for sharing at Funtastic Friday! Hope to see you tonight!

  13. I’m loving this hush puppy recipe! A little bit of spice sounds like a wonderful twist to the usual hush puppy recipe. πŸ™‚

  14. I love hushpuppies, and you twist on it is so clever! I’m definitely going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe with us on #shinebloghop! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  15. Yum! We love hush puppies in our hoe and I bet my hubby would like the addition of jalapeno.
    πŸ™‚
    Traci

  16. These sound & look yummy! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared.

  17. I have never made hush puppies! Maybe I should give it a go. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at FTAF, pinned!

  18. YUM! Those poppers look scrumptious! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinning! πŸ˜›

  19. I love hushpuppies, and anything spicy, so this combo is perfect! And you’re right, if the grease is already hot, there’s no reason not to make hushpuppies. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Visiting from Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

    Oooh, my husband is going to LOVE these! He’s a jalapeno kind of a guy. Of course, our oldest (19) likes to eat hot foods too. If I walk in the house and my eyes start to water, I know one or both of them is making something in the kitchen!

    Here’s my Inspire Me Monday!5 stars

  21. This is a totally new recipe to me, they sound like they would be yummy. Very good photos too.

    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop5 stars

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