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Air Fryer Hush Puppies


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Air Fryer Hush Puppies is an easy and hassle free way to make these southern crispy fried corn fritters. These tasty puppies make for a delicious side dish.

This air fryer side dish is easy to make, and pairs well with seafood. Crispy and flavorful, this southern favorite dish is one your entire family will love.

Air Fryer Hush Puppies in a white bowl

Air Fryer Hush Puppies

Cornmeal is the main ingredient in hush puppies, and this gluten free grain contains both vitamin B6 and folate. These nutrients can help improve your immune system and even your skin and nails.

Why I Love This Recipe

Easy crispy corn fritters that are cooked in the air fryer, have less fat than their deep fried counterparts.

  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love crispy air fryer recipes you may also enjoy this Air Fryer Mozzarella sticks recipe.

A piece of Aire Fryer Hush Puppies in a small dipping bowl with white sauce.

Ingredients

To make these crispy Air Fryer Hush Puppies you only need eleven basic pantry staples. You might not even need to make a trip to the grocery to make this tasty southern side dish.

  • Yellow Cornmeal
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Egg
  • Milk
Ingredients used to make Air Fryer Hush Puppies.

Substitutions

Gluten Free: Want to make these air fryer hush puppies gluten free? Use a gluten free flour blend in place of the all purpose flour.

Dairy Free: Use dairy free milk, like almond milk to make this recipe dairy free.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

To make this easy air fried side dish you only need three basic kitchen tools. I love recipes that don’t require so many dishes.

How to Make Air Fryer Hush Puppies

These air fried crispy corn fritters only take four easy steps and then you have a tasty southern style side dish.

Step 1: Mix your dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, add cornmeal, flour, baking powder and sugar. Mix until completely combined.

Combined dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add in your wet ingredients

Add the egg, milk, and spices. Mix until combined. Let the batter sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Combined wet and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Shape your hush puppies

Roll the batter into desired size balls. Spray the air fryer basket with oil and place battered balls in the basket. Spray the balls with oil.

Shaped Air Fryer Hush Puppies in an air fryer basket ready for cooking.

Step 4: Air fry your hush puppies

Cook at 380 for 5 minutes, turn balls, spray with oil and cook for 5 more minutes.

Air fried Air Fryer Hush Puppies in an air fryer basket.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking for a way to make this recipe your own? Here are some of my favorite ways to change this recipe up when I want a different flavor.

Sweeter: Do you like your hush puppies on the sweeter side? Add another pinch of sugar to make these hush puppies sweeter.

Onions: Want a delicious onion flavor in your hush puppies? Add in 1 tablespoon of sliced green onions to your batter or one teaspoon of onion powder.

Buttermilk: Using buttermilk in place of milk will add a tangy flavor to your homemade hush puppy recipe, and give them a more old fashioned taste.

An overhead shot of Air Fryer Hush Puppies in a white bowl and with a dipping sauce below it.

Serving Suggestions

Looking for a way to serve these crispy hush puppies? Here are a few ways I like to serve them.

Serve your hush puppies as a side dish for seafood, or with a basket of homemade chicken tenders. My southern friends love to eat hush puppies as a snack!

A vertical close up shot of a white dippping sauce with a piece of Air Fryer Hush Puppies in it.

Tips

Want to make sure that your hush puppies turn out well? Here are my best tips to make your air fryer side dish turn out well.

  • If you find that your batter is slightly sticking when rolling into balls, wet your hands and then shape your batter into ball shapes.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket for crispy results. Make sure that air can move around all sides of the hush puppies.
  • To ensure a crispy crust on your hush puppies spray your dough balls evenly with oil.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Air Fryer Hush Puppies? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days.

How to reheat

To reheat leftover hush puppies, place in your air fryer and cook at 350 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes or until hush puppies are warm in the center. If you are reheating frozen hush puppies add an additional 2 to 3 minutes to your cook time.

Can I freeze hush puppies?

Yes! Hush puppies freeze really well. You can freeze the dough balls by flash freezing them. Or you can freeze cooked hush puppies. No matter if your hush puppies are cooked or raw they both can be frozen for up to three months.

Air Fryer Hush Puppies in a white serving bowl with an air fryer, dipping sauce and a red and white checkered cloth blurred in the background.

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Air Fryer Hush Puppies Recipe

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Air Fryer Hush Puppies

These tasty puppies make for a delicious side dish.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Hush Puppies
Calories 105 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Milk

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add corn meal, flour, baking powder and sugar. Mix until completely combined.
  • Add the egg, milk, and spices. Mix until combined. Let batter sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Roll the batter into desired size balls. Spray the air fryer basket with oil and place battered balls in the basket. Spray the balls with oil.
  • Cook at 380 for 5 minutes, turn balls, spray with oil and cook for 5 more minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Hush PuppiesCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
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