In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the egg, milk and onion; add to dry ingredients just until combined.
In a cast-iron Dutch oven or an electric skillet, heat oil to 365°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
Hush Puppies Tips
What oil do you use for hush puppies?
Peanut or vegetable oil are best for frying hush puppies. Both oils have a higher smoke point, which means they can be heated to a higher temperature before they start to break down. Read more about cooking oils and check out our other deep fryer recipes.
Why do my hush puppies fall apart?
The key to keeping hush puppies together is making sure the oil is heated to the correct temperature. Add 3-4 inches of oil to your skillet or Dutch oven, and using a thermometer, heat the oil to 365-375°. Periodically check the temperature while frying to make sure it remains between 350 and 375°. Be sure to follow our other frying tips.