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Jalapeño Hush Puppies

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Preview: This Jalapeño Hush Puppies Recipe is a flavorful, fried ball of seasoned cornbread traditionally served with fried seafood. The jalapeños add some “ooh-la-la” flavor you will like!

How do you feel about jalapeño peppers? Do you like jalapeños on your pizza? How about your burgers? Maybe in your cheese rolls? Have you tried them in a pot of beans?

My Texas-born-and-raised friends seem to like jalapeños in just about everything. Personally, I prefer the aftertaste more than the initial squirt. Either way, this recipe is for you because the jalapeños are optional.

Jalapeño Hush Puppies pair nicely with any fried fish. Try them with Really Crunchy Fried Shrimp. They were a hit, disappearing as fast as I could cook them at our last New Year’s Day party.

These are really good without the jalapeños. I usually make some with and some without.

Jalapeño HUSH PUPPIES in a basket ready to eat.

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • CORNMEAL: Yellow or white finely-ground cornmeal are best.
  • FLOUR: All-purpose bleached or unbleached flour is good.
  • EGG: I always use large-size eggs in my recipes.
  • BUTTERMILK: If you don’t have buttermilk, no problem. Here are several options: 1-1/4 cup whey strained from yogurt, 1 cup milk + 1/4 cup yogurt, or 1 cup +3 tablespoons of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar added.
  • ONIONS: Yellow or white onions are perfect for this recipe.
  • JALAPEÑOS: Fresh jalapeños add so much flavor. However, you can leave them out if you don’t want any spiciness. Don’t miss the kitchen tip below for storing fresh jalapenos.

    You could substitute chopped pickled jalapeño slices if you prefer.
    Fresh jalapeños tend to be milder, although they can vary. Pickled jalapeños packaged in a glass jar are usually spicier but again, may vary according to the brand and label. Bear this in mind when deciding whether to use fresh or canned jalapeños.

FAQ about Hush Puppies and Jalapeños:

Can I make hush puppies ahead of time or freeze them?

Like most deep-fried foods, these are best made and eaten immediately. If you have leftovers, refrigerate. Reheat in the oven to make the crust crispy again. Freezing is not recommended.

Can I freeze fresh jalapeños?

Place them in a zippered plastic bag and freeze whole. You could seed and chop them first. However, it’s not a prerequisite.

Where does the name hush puppy come from?

Supposedly, hunters and trappers would fry balls of cornmeal before preparing their fish for dinner. Then they would toss the fried balls to the dogs to keep them quiet while dinner was prepared.

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Yield: 2 dozen

Jalapeño Hush Puppies

Jalapeño Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are fairly basic until you add jalapeños. Ooh-la-la!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk, whey, or 1 cup milk+1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped (I prefer frozen onions.)
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • Peanut or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk, whey, or milk/yogurt. Stir in chopped onion.
  3. Using a light touch, merge the liquid ingredients with the dry just until moistened. Batter should be rather thin.
  4. Allow to sit while oil comes to temperature, about 350 degrees F.
  5. Use a small spring-loaded ice cream scoop to drop balls of batter into hot oil. Cook until golden brown all over and cooked through. If oil is too hot, puppies will brown before cooked in the middle. If oil is too cool, they will take a long time to get brown and absorb a lot of grease, so try to keep it constant.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 442mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

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