Shrimp and Okra Hushpuppies from CHOW

Hushpuppies are a truly delectable addition to any meal–small balls of cornmeal batter are dropped in hot oil, fried, and then piled high on a plate and served with butter or dipping sauce. A great alternative to bread, biscuits, or any other starch at the dinner table, these 9 recipes for all star hushpuppies will make you want to head to the kitchen as soon as you can.

1. Hushpuppies with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Picture Perfect Meals

Yellow cornmeal, self-rising flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and cayenne make this  a highly flavorful take on hushpuppies. Lightly sweetened honey cinnamon butter pairs perfectly.
Get the recipe here.

2. Hushpuppies with Creamy Honey Orange Dipping Sauce

The Kitchen Paper

Tiny bits of jalapeno add a kick to these classic hushpuppies that are made with a full cup of buttermilk. The dipping sauce (made with Greek yogurt, honey, and some orange juice concentrate) is a refreshing addition. Get the recipe here.

3. Beer Batter Hushpuppies

Food Network

Cornmeal, cayenne, eggs, onion, salt, pepper, and baking powder are the only ingredients in these simple hushpuppies – except for the whole cup of beer you add to the batter for extra oomph. Use your favorite brew and experiment with lagers, stouts, and IPA’s. Get the recipe here.

4. Polish Hushpuppies

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The inclusion of sauerkraut and six ounces of Kielbasa sausage makes this a deliciously Polish take on a southern specialty. Extra sharp cheddar cheese is also in the mix, and the result is an amazing combo that will make you forget that hushpuppies ever existed without meat and cheese filling. Get the recipe here.

5. Shrimp and Okra Hushpuppies


Our recipe for shrimp and okra hushpuppies is a real southern treat. One cup of shrimp is combined with Creole seasoning, onion, bell pepper, celery, and okra for a fried flavor fest. Get our Shrimp and Okra Hushpuppies recipe.

6. Oyster Hushpuppies

Andrew Zimmern

A special treat, these oyster hushpuppies have 36 chopped oysters in the batter so you get a bit of briny goodness with each bite. Get creative with the dipping sauces and try hot sauce, aioli, or Andrew Zimmern’s recipe for “Pepper Mojo” (included in the recipe). Get the recipe here.

7. Corn-barb Hushpuppies


Rhubarb in hushpuppies? Try it. These include fresh corn, diced rhubarb, buttermilk, and ground mustard seed – try these out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe here.

8. Tubular Hushpuppies

The difference in these hushpuppies isn’t the ingredients, it’s the shape. There’s a tiny bit of sugar to add sweetness and you should cook only a few at a time to make sure they get nice and crisp. Get the recipe here.

9. Alaska Salmon Hushpuppies

Wild Alaska Seafood

Adding protein to these tasty hushpuppies makes them a complete meal. Fresh cilantro, bell peppers, green onions, Old Bay seasoning, garlic, and hot sauce combined with the flaked salmon make these irresistible. Get the recipe here.

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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