Okra Hush Puppies

This is the first time in a long, long time that I didn’t take a picture of a dish after I plated. Why? Well, because my okra hush puppies were only on a plate for about 30 seconds. Yeah, sure, my hush puppy shaping skills are lacking, but it so didn’t matter. They were incredible. I mean just flat-out absolutely the best hush puppies ever. The perfect batter. And my favorite, fresh okra. I loved it!
Okra Hush Puppies

You pretty much gotta go with fresh when it comes to the okra for these hush puppies. You might bet away with frozen when fresh is out of season, but the color, the crunch, won’t be quite the same. It’ll still taste delicious though.

Note: Yeah, I might have eaten several of these before they even cooled off. And yeah, they were pretty darned hot but I could not control myself. You won’t be able to either.

Also try my copycat of the hush puppies from Long John Silver’s!

Okra Hush Puppies

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 cups fresh okra sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising cornbread mix I used a small box of Jiffy
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl combine the okra, garlic powder, onion, and parsley.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and sugar. Add to the bowl of okra and stir gently to combine.
  • Stir in the cornbread mix. Add the salt and pepper and stir..
  • Working in batches, scoop out a spoonful of batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, flipping as they cook.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Copycat Long John Silver’s Hush Puppies

Making copycat Long John Silver’s hush puppies was the crowning moment in my efforts to duplicate my childhood memories of eating at the fast food restaurant. I made the fish. I made the fries. And I made the chicken planks. And now, I’ve made the hush puppies. They have the perfect texture and the perfect corn flavor. What fantastic hush puppies they are! Get out the ketchup because it’s time for some hush puppy dunkin’!
Copycat Long John Silver's Hush PuppiesPeople often tell that the origin of the name ‘hush puppies’ can be traced back to hunters and fishermen who would toss the fried cornmeal to their dogs to stop them from barking. I recommend the article The Real History of Hushpuppies by Robert Moss over on Serious Eats.

This copycat of Long John Silver’s hush puppies is flat-out fantastic. For something a little different you’ll also love my okra hush puppies!

Copycat Long John Silver's Hush Puppies

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike


  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Canola oil for frying


  • In a small bowl whisk together the milk and egg.
  • In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients except for the oil.
  • Whisk in the milk and egg mixture. You want the batter to be somewhat thick. If too thin add more cornmeal.
  • Heat a few inches of oil to 375 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Working on batches, drop batter into the hot oil. I used a 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon. If you want smaller hush puppies use a teaspoon measuring spoon.
  • Fry until golden brown, flipping after the bottom is brown.
  • Remove to a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (ketchup!).