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Sneak 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!

Jalapeño HUSH PUPPIES in a basket ready to eat.

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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.

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 them 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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Jalapeño Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are fairly basic until you add jalapeños. Ooh-la-la!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Quick Breads and Biscuits
Servings 24 hush puppies


  • 2 cups white cornmeal
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon table or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk - whey, or 1 cup milk+1/4 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup onions - chopped (I prefer frozen onions.)
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper - seeded and chopped (optional)
  • Peanut or vegetable oil for frying


  • Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk, whey, or milk/yogurt. Stir in chopped onion.
  • Using a light touch, merge the liquid ingredients with the dry just until moistened. Batter should be rather thin.
  • Allow to rest while oil comes to temperature, about 350˚F.
  • Use a small spring-loaded ice cream scoop to drop balls of batter into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown all over and cooked through. If the oil is too hot, the hush puppies will brown before being 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 the temperature constant.


Please note:
The nutritionals do not include the oil these hush puppies are cooked in as I have no way to evaluate that variable.


Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Hush Puppies
Serving Size
2 hush puppies
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Quick Breads and Biscuits
Cuisine: American
Keywords: fried hush puppy recipehush puppies
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  1. OH, these look good. Love me some hush puppies … with and/or without the jalapeno peppers. Because of Fukushima, I’m avoiding all seafood from the Pacific region, which means most of the shrimp sold in the USA. I’ll be glad when our NC shrimp begin to come in from the Atlantic!

    1. Thanks Gary. You got me to thinking about the source of our shrimp. Think what we get is from the Gulf.

      BTW, I’m trying your Tibetan Pan Bread today. Sounds interesting!

      1. LOL … Just made that bread this morning .. because I had no bread! But, seriously … I’m worried about our oceans .. they are the lungs of our PLANET … Not even sure I would want Gulf shrimp … considering “chemicals” pumped into it after oil spill. Before it was a holiday destination and all condos, my family and I always vacationed at Gulf Shores, AL. Every day we’d catch and eat “CRAB.”Would NOT do that now. Honestly, I’m worried about this. I’m also talking to other bloggers. This is our Food Chain. Too many conflicting reports. Radiation is radiation. No such thing as a “safe amount.” Let me know what you think.

  2. Hi Paula,

    Will this taste as good with yellow cornmeal?

    1. Erica,
      I would imagine it would taste great, but the texture will be a little different–somewhat coarser but certainly not bad.

  3. Hushpuppies I love, especially with seafood. I usually use a mix though, but next time I’ll try yours. Ever since my son moved to Texas, he’s been loving the jalapenos. Does that come with the territory? 🙂 I’ll take mine without thanks!

  4. Paula I just made hush puppies for the first time almost like these minus the jalapeño. I’m like you I rarely fry anything so I will keep this recipe in mind the next time we fry some catfish up. I normally don’t like hush puppies but homemade ones were so much better than any place I’ve had them before :).

  5. I am impressed with the way your hush puppies look. In the interest of keeping the temp of the oil at the right place, how many hush puppies at a time would you probably cook in a 10″ skillet or pan?

    1. A skillet? It would need to be a pretty deep one because you don’t want the hushpuppies to touch the bottom when you drop them in. Better to use a saucepan or deep fryer. How many you can put in at a time also depends on your heat source and how quickly it can bring the heat back up to 350.