Beer Batter Hush Puppies Recipe (2024)

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Welcome my husband, Randy! He’s here to share a delicious Hush Puppies Recipe. Or is it hushpuppies recipe? I grew up with them being known as hushpuppies, one word. However you write it, these little babies are the perfect side dish to serve at a fish fry, BBQ, or any excuse you can think of to make hush puppies (or hushpuppies). Take it away Randy!

When you’re going to be bad, it should be good. Maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes but just work with me here. Hushpuppies are not an everyday or even every week thing but every now and then when it’s time to splurge, make it count. According to legend the name “hush puppies” is derived from the bad idea someone had of tossing bits of fried cornmeal to the dogs to keep them quiet and happy at a cookout. Take my advice, bring along Scooby Snacks for Fido and make hush puppies for your two legged guests only. When eaten warm just a few minutes out of the fryer, they are quite a treat. The outside is golden brown and crispy. The inside is warm and soft with a little sweet and a little heat.

What’s a fish fry without coleslaw and hush puppies? And, I don’t know about you but in my book there aren’t many food presentations that look as good as pulled pork BBQ on a paper plate with hush puppies and coleslaw.

What to do with the oil leftover from frying?

Speaking of frying, on the occasions we do deep-fry something it can be a pain knowing what to do with the used cooking oil. Some people strain it and bottle it for future use but I’d worry about strange odors and flavors in the next meal and I’m not sure that would be safe. Definitely don’t pour it down the drain. I wouldn’t want to dump it in our yard either.Luckily a few months back I met a neighbor who collects used cooking oil then processes it to power vehicles some of his vehicles he uses in his lawn care business. That’s what I call a win-win. Also, even in our fairly rural area there’s a recycling center less than a mile away that accepts used cooking oil for recycling.

A few Hush Puppies Recipe tips:

  • A thermometer to gauge oil temperature is a must. You could end up with greasy pups frying with oil that isn’t hot enough, or burn them with oil that is too hot.
  • A large spoon strainer or inexpensive Chinese spider is so helpful when deep frying at home.
  • This post over at Serious Eats for wok deep frying has some great tips for wok deep frying at home that work for any deep frying.

Beer Batter Hush Puppies Recipe

Beer Batter Hush Puppies Recipe (4)

Beer Batter Hush Puppies

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Additional Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

A classic Southern delicacy that is great served with fried seafood and pork BBQ.


  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup very finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • oil for frying (enough for 2-inches deep of oil in pan being used)


  1. Pour oil do a depth of 2-3 inches into a heavy-bottom pot. Heat to 350-degrees F.
  2. While oil is heating whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in onion and beaten eggs until well combined. Add beer; stir well to combine.
  3. Working in batches, carefully drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into 350-degrees F oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown, turning as they fry to evenly cook. Carefully transfer hushpuppies using a slotted spoon (or Chinese spider strainer) to a paper towel-lined baking sheet or cooling rack to drain and cool.


  • Using a spring-release ice cream scoop makes it easier to drop batter in uniform sizes into the oil.
  • Before cooking the whole batch, cook one and check for doneness to determine exact cook time as oils, pots, will vary.

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Originally published June 6, 2014.

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34 comments on “Beer Batter Hush Puppies Recipe”

  1. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesReply

    Eating hush puppies reminds me of my grandpa, love this post! Great hush puppies, Randy!

  2. DessertForTwoReply

    Hush puppies are my everything in life.

  3. Ali | Gimme Some OvenReply

    Wow, I’ve never tried making homemade hush puppies! These look absolutely perfect. And I’m sold with beer battered. 😉

  4. bridget {bake at 350}Reply

    Oh, Randy. I think I love you. (Don’t tell Mark.) 😉

  5. Melanie @ Carmel MomentsReply

    I can’t even remember the last time I had hush puppies. But suddenly all the memories come flooding back. I’m totally undone now. So scrumptious! I’ve got to try these.
    Have a marvelous Monday Amy!

  6. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy SweetReply

    Fantastic tips on making hush puppies! Thank you, Randy!

  7. EllieReply

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amy Johnson

      Oh my goodness … they are! Perfect with fish or bbq.

  8. ElizabethReply

    What brand or kind of cornmeal do you use?

    • Amy Johnson

      I like to use Martha White.

  9. Suzy MillsReply

    3 TABLESPOONS baking powder? Did i read that correctly? :-O

    • Amy Johnson

      That should be 3 teaspoons. Thank you for pointing out the typo, Suzy.

    • Rhiannon Wood

      Wow well I just used 3 tbls… you might want to fix the typo. Hope it still turns out ok

    • Amy

      The typo was corrected 2 years ago.

    • Juan Valdez

      Comments leave a lot to be desired. OBVIOUSLY it was not TBP but TSP. The armchair quarterbacks could have addressed the typo easier. Not everyone has “People Skills”.

    • Susan Esters

      Did you just mess up, Shannon? The recipe calls for teaspoons, not tablespoons.

  10. DianneReply

    Love hush puppies! We used to go the a fish restaurant in Texas that made them with jalapenos. Everytime we have them now my hubby says “They need jalapenos”! 🙂

  11. Susie MandelReply

    Yum, hush puppies. My first taste of hush puppies was at a family style restaurant in the 70s in Maryland called the Peter Pan Inn. They dusted theirs with powdered sugar and forever after, I expected all hush puppies to have powdered sugar on them. Anyone I told about those slightly sweetened hush puppies looked at me like I was from outer space, but I think that was the PPI’s own unique stamp. Oh well, just a weird story and thought I’d share when I saw this yummy recipe show up. 🙂

  12. SybilReply

    Once when we went camping, we had limited water, so we used canned tomatoes to mix the batter. YUM< YUM.

    • Amy Johnson

      That sound delicious, Sybil! Totally going to try that next time.

  13. linda carmackReply

    can these be frozen

  14. Nancy Dianne WoodruffReply

    Just wanted to know if u can use recipe
    & bake it ,need to know cause can’t have fried than you

    • Amy Johnson

      I do not know, as I have never baked hush puppies before.

  15. Abigail AppiahReply

    What type of beers can you use?

  16. CarmenReply

    What kind of beer did you use in them?

  17. gwen priceReply

    Can you substitute for the beer. I simply do not like the taste it gives. Thanks.

    • Amy Johnson

      I have not made this recipe with a substitute so I cannot say how using something other than beer would turn out.

  18. JenReply

    Any chance these could be done in the air fryer? Have you tried that?

    • Amy Johnson

      I haven’t tried that yet. Please let me know if you do.

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