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What to Eat with Hush Puppies

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Wondering what to eat with hush puppies? Whether you’re making homemade hush puppies, using a hush puppy mix, or cooking them from frozen, these crispy, golden brown, fluffy balls made of yellow cornmeal are mouth-watering!

Hush puppies are traditionally served with fish fries or in barbecue joints, but they go well with so many more meals like the 15 ideas I’m sharing today!

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Hush puppies are deep-fried, savory round golf ball shaped or nuggets made from a mixture of cornmeal-based batter and fried in an oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable oil or canola oil.

The hush puppy batter typically includes ingredients such as cornmeal, flour, baking powder, milk or buttermilk, eggs, and seasonings like salt, pepper, and sometimes grated onion.

If you’ve never made hush puppies at home but love them at your favorite seafood restaurant, any hush puppy recipe will give you easy and tasty hush puppies! Grab a few things off this list to eat with them and enjoy some southern food that is basically the definition of comfort food.

The best part about hush puppies is they make a great new bread to serve with any meal! Plus, they have super simple ingredients and can be made in the deep fryer or hot oil in a pan, or you can even use an air fryer for a healthier option.

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1. Fried Catfish

This classic Southern favorites combination will be a big hit! A fish fry and hush puppies make a delicious and indulgent duo of fried foods. 

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2. Shrimp and Grits

This is another popular southern meal that comes from New Orleans! !The savory hush puppies complement the creamy texture of shrimp and grits. This will make a really filling and satisfying meal.

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3. Fried Chicken

Enjoy the crunchy goodness of fried chicken alongside hush puppies. This is a great cookout meal!

4. Barbecue Ribs

BBQ ribs are one of our favorite Southern dishes and the sweetness of hush puppies can balance the smoky flavors of barbecue ribs perfectly!

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5. Coleslaw

The cool and refreshing taste of coleslaw provides a nice contrast to the warm hush puppies.

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6. Collard Greens

The earthy flavor of collard greens pairs well with the slightly sweet taste of hush puppies.

7. Fried Okra

Double up on the fried goodness by serving hush puppies with this perfect side dish for a southern meal! 

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8. Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The smoky, savory flavor of barbecue pulled pork complements the sweetness of hush puppies.

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9. Chili

Use hush puppies as a side to dip into a hearty bowl of chili for a satisfying meal (white chicken chili too!) They’re perfect for dipping in chili and soaking up all the delicious flavor. They’re similiar to corn bread, so this will be a familiar flavor for many.

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10. Macaroni and Cheese

The cheesy goodness of mac and cheese pairs nicely with the mild flavor of hush puppies. For a bonus try slow cooker bacon mac and cheese!

11. Sauces

Serving hush puppies with a sauce is a great way to accentuate the flavor when serving as an appetizer especially. Use your favorite sauce or try honey butter, honey mustard, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, or creamy sauces like tartar sauce, ranch dressing, sour cream, or a spicy remoulade sauce to make great options. 

12. Seafood Platter

Create a seafood feast by pairing hush puppies with pan fried shrimp, calamari, and other seafood delights. Hush puppies are a good thing to serve with this meal to make it more filling and hearty.

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13. Fried Green Tomatoes

Enjoy the Southern classic of fried green tomatoes alongside hush puppies. You can even dip you tomatoes in the simple batter from the hush puppies!

14. Jambalaya

The mild and slightly sweet flavor of hush puppies helps calm down spicy flavor or jambalaya. Deep fried hush puppies are perfect for dipping in the jambalaya sauce. 

15. Seafood Gumbo

Serve hush puppies with a rich and hearty seafood gumbo for a true Southern feast. 

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