Healthy Hush Puppies Recipe | Healthy Home Economist

Delicious and easy recipe for hush puppies using a healthy fat for frying and traditional, whole food ingredients.

I love hush puppies as a side dish with a seafood-inspired main meal.

The toxic vegetable oils used in restaurants to make them, however, is something my digestion does not like at all!

Canola or soy oil, almost always GMO, are the favored factory fats used by commercial establishments.

Occasionally, you may find a locally owned restaurant that makes hush puppies the healthy way.

Barring this stroke of good fortune, if you enjoy hush puppies, it is worth your time to make them yourself.

Fortunately, this dish is not hard to make at all!

You don’t even need a fryer (I don’t own an air fryer either).

In fact, I recommend making this yummy finger food ahead and refrigerating or freezing to use when needed.

They reheat quickly and perfectly in a toaster oven!

I make my hush puppies with expeller-pressed coconut oil as it has a neutral taste and high smokepoint.

If you prefer, lard or tallow also work very well. Note, however, that using either of these nourishing fats does affect the taste of the hush puppies slightly according to my taste buds.

homemade hush puppies fried in healthy fat on white plate

Healthy Hush Puppies

Delicious and easy recipe for hush puppies using a healthy fat for frying and traditional, whole food ingredients.


  1. Add enough expeller-pressed coconut oil to a medium saucepan to a 4-inch depth. Slowly heat the oil to 350 °F/ 177 °C. Use a food thermometer to avoid higher heat to avoid damage to the oil.

  2. While the oil is heating, mix the cornmeal, einkorn flour, baking powder, garlic powder, corn kernels, and sea salt in a large bowl.

  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the sour milk (or buttermilk), beaten egg, grated onion, and chopped scallions.

  4. A half cup at a time, add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture until everything is thoroughly blended in one bowl.

  5. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

  6. Drop large (2 Tbsp) size spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry hush puppies in batches until golden brown (roughly 3 minutes).

  7. Transfer hush puppies to a clean, cotton towel or wire rack as they are removed from the oil. Serve warm with choice of sauce (tartar sauce or fruit chutney work great).

  8. Refrigerate leftover hush puppies in a glass container with tight-fitting lid.

Nutrition Facts

Healthy Hush Puppies

Amount Per Serving (2 hush puppies)

Calories 158
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 5g25%

Potassium 65mg2%

Carbohydrates 20g7%

Fiber 2g8%

Protein 4g8%

Calcium 122mg12%

Iron 1.4mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

healthy hush puppy on a fork

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