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Baked Hush Puppies


Ahhhh…TGIF! Weekend, you are well within reach. This week has been really long — I blame the snow. Michigan has seemed to have brought out the plows, however. Finally.

Kristen is coming to visit and I do believe we’ll do some sort of cooking/baking. Perhaps we’ll do a lot of cooking/baking — she’s my guest…she gets to decide! Regardless, delicious and healthy eats will be enjoyed. We both love trying new foods and recipes, and this was one of those for me.


I can’t remember the last time I had a hush puppy, but I do know it was the first and only time I’ve ever had a hush puppy. Sad fact since they’re so good. With recipes like this, they can actually be good for me, too.

No deep-frying here…no, no, no.

A quick Google search turned up the description of “hush puppy” which translates to “cornmeal ball”. Hmm. Pretty basic and to the point. I love cornmeal so it’s no surprise hush puppies appeal to me so much.


During my search I also read that hush puppies are traditionally served as a side dish in seafood restaurants. I think these would accompany fish well, just as they did the lentil soup I ate them with last week. Of course chili, salads, stews, and grilled entrees sound like perfect matches, as well.

Truth be told, I could eat one or two of these puppies (ha!) as a snack and be one happy camper!



Baked Hush Puppies

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup corn flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 onion (~1 cup), finely diced
1 egg
1 cup fat-free milk
2 Tbsp olive oil, for brushing


Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil; set aside.

Whisk together the cornmeal, flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Old Bay seasoning, and cayenne. Toss in onion and mix to coat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.

Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Shape batter into 1 1/2-inch balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove hush puppies with olive oil and sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning; bake an additional 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Yield: 24 hush puppies

Nutrition Information (per hush puppy): 58 calories; 1.5 g. fat; 8 mg. cholesterol; 149 mg. sodium; 7.7 g. carbohydrate; 0.5 g. fiber; 1.3 g. protein

Result: Mmmm! These were fabulous. Sadly, they weren’t as good leftover…but I did freeze some. I think I’ll try baking them when I pull them out so I can recreate that little bite on the outside and fluffy interior. The onion and sweet cornmeal…divine! And just as good as the fried versions! 🙂


 Work then friend time! 😀

Be well,


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  1. Megan Stengel
    January 25, 2013 / 6:11 am

    These look delicious! I love hush puppies…so I will definitely try these since they’re quite a bit healthier than the deep fried version ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Joy
    January 25, 2013 / 6:15 am

    I think that I need to make these the next time I make soup (probably Sunday)

    Random question though (because I can’t find it in my own) didn’t you have a recipe for rice pudding (I swear I remember one)? My neighbor has had a few rough days and its her favorite I figured I’d give it a go and cheer her up

    • Nicole, RD
      January 25, 2013 / 6:58 am

      Hi Joy! No, I’ve never made rice pudding, I’m sorry ๐Ÿ™ Sweet of you to do that for your neighbor!

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    January 25, 2013 / 7:33 am

    Yessss…. I love hush puppies! Every time we go to a BBQ spot, I HAVE to have them.

  4. The Candid RD
    January 25, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Ohhhhh hish puppies!! These actually remind me of our wedding down in Bald Head ISland, because one of the restaurants there was known for hush puppies (the not-so-healthy version). I think we are them every night ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy your weekend Nicole!

  5. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    January 25, 2013 / 7:58 am

    Oh yeah baby, I’m making these bad boys! I bet if someone is a stickler for a round shape you could also bake them in one of those Babycakes cake pop makers. Okay, now I’m really hungry, off to the kitchen!

  6. Danielle
    January 25, 2013 / 9:54 am

    These are on my menu for next week! Glad to get an early preview (:

  7. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    January 25, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    Ok, I’ve never heard of hush puppies before. They sound so amazing too, I’m kind of sad I’m only hearing about them now.

  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    January 25, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    Nomnomnom!!! These look phenom.

  9. Biz
    January 25, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    I used to go to Long John Silvers for the hush puppies alone – well, that and chicken planks. Thankfully there isn’t a Long John Silvers within a 50 mile radius of me!

    I love all things cornmeal too, sans the onions, I am all over this. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Eva @ Eva Bakes
    January 25, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    I love that you came up with a healthier version of hush puppies!

  11. Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    January 25, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Oh gosh, I have a weakness for hush puppies…best ones I’ve ever had in Charleston, SC, Hymann’s…yummmmmmmm! They bring them out warm and pass them out in the street for samples! I’ll have to give your version a try. I have honestly never tried making them at home.

  12. Joanne
    January 26, 2013 / 6:49 am

    I’ve been ogling these in Veg Times but just haven’t had time to make them yet! I’m so glad to hear they were a hit! Now I need to move them up on my to-make list.

  13. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake
    January 29, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    What a fabulous idea to bake the hush puppies!

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