Family Recipes: Gluten Free Hush Puppies

I have some recipes that are requested so often that I put them online somewhere for when friends or family message me and ask again for them.  This is one of the recipes I decided to put up to save me the trouble of emailing it so much.  🙂

There are a lot of hush puppy recipes, but this is our all-time favorite.  We don’t have fried foods very often, but these hush puppies and gluten free onion rings are the most requested when we do.

Feel free to use regular wheat flour if you are not gluten-free.  It works the same either way and no starches or gums are needed whether it’s gluten free or not.  If all you have is a gluten free flour mix, that will work too.


  • 1 12 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup rice flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder14 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • chives, chopped (optional)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 egg
  • milk or water
  • frying oil



  1. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet or deep fryer to a depth of at least 4 inches, to 350°F or 180°C.
  2. While the oil is heating, stir together the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add onions, chives and egg.  Blend well.
  3. Add milk or water a little at a time, just until batter is thick enough to form into balls.
  4. Use two spoons to form batter into balls about 1″ around and drop into the hot oil.
  5. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes, turning as needed.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.


A note on cooking oils:  I like peanut oil or sunflower oil for deep frying since they tolerate high heat and have a mild flavor, plus they’re two of the only non-GMO cooking oils unless you buy organic. Otherwise, I use organic canola. Since we don’t have deep fried food often, I strain the oil after use and pour it back into its original jug or large mason jars in the fridge.  It keep very well and can be reused over and over and I don’t feel guilty buying more expensive non-GMO oils since it can last so long this way.  Just don’t use reused oil for sweet fried foods once you cook savory things like onion rings and hush puppies in it.  The oil develops more and more flavor over time and is also nice for cooking foods like fried potatoes since it adds a little more depth.

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