Nanny Ray’s Southern Style Hush Puppies

Well it is now officially spring and with that comes warmer weather, trees and flowers blooming and the desire to be outside doing just about anything. One thing I have been thinking about lately is having a good ole fish fry. You know when you catch a big mess of fish and then set the deep fryer up in the back yard and begin that yummy southern way of cooking. One thing that my family especially likes about a fish fry are the hush puppies.

My Paw Paw and Nanny Ray
My Paw Paw and Nanny Ray

My sweet Paw Paw Ray loved them so much. I remember asking him one time how hush puppies got their name and he told me that when people would have a fish fry long ago, the dogs would become bothersome so to “hush” them up they would mix up the batter, fry them in little fritters and give them to the dogs and thus hush puppies were started. Boy were they sure smart! I will gladly give my little Macy a hush puppy but you can guarantee that I am going to have my fair share too.

Fried up yummy goodness is what they are!! My Nanny Ray would always add a little beer in hers too and she swore that was her secret ingredient and because we didn’t use but just a little, she and I would share what was left in the can. (I guess it’s safe to say I have always had a love for beer)


If you plan on having a fish fry anytime this summer, I hope you will try my hush puppies recipe and  let me know how you liked them!

Nanny Ray’s Southern Style Hush Puppies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yields: 15 Give or Take Depending on Size

Nanny Ray’s Southern Style Hush Puppies


  • 1 ¼ c White Lily self rising cornmeal
  • ¾ c White Lily self rising flour
  • 1 lg egg lightly beaten
  • 1 small onion chopped (you can also add a small amount of jalapeno if desired for a little kick)
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • ¾ c buttermilk
  • ⅓ c beer (PBR is a good choice for this!)
  • Cooking Oil


  1. Mix all ingredients and then set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil to 400 degrees in skillet or deep fryer. (You can tell its ready by dropping in a small dab and watching to see if it starts rapidly frying) * If the grease is not hot enough the hush puppies will be greasy.
  3. Using one spoon scoop up some batter, use a second spoon to push the batter into the grease.
  4. Proceed frying them until they are golden brown Approximately 3-5 minutes.
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  1. Bridget Sampson | 3rd Apr 16

    I tried this recipe and LOVED it! can’t wait to see more recipes

    • jamesandsteph | 3rd Apr 16

      We are so glad you loved it!! Thanks for the comment and expect many more recipes and posts to come!

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