These crispy and golden hush puppies, studded with bits of onion and jalapeño, get a healthy makeover by skipping the deep fryer. The air fryer delivers on the classic crispy crust while using just a fraction of the oil from the classic version., January 2021


Credit: Antonis Achilleos

Recipe Summary

15 mins
55 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Combine cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, cayenne and salt in a medium bowl. Add jalapeño and onion; stir to combine. Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter and egg in a small bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir to blend. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat air fryer and fry basket to 400°F for 10 minutes. Remove the basket; carefully line with foil and coat lightly with cooking spray. Scoop 4 heaping tablespoonfuls of the chilled batter onto the prepared basket. Coat the tops lightly with cooking spray. Cook until puffed and golden brown, about 9 minutes. Transfer the cooked hush puppies to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.


Equipment: Air fryer

Nutrition Facts

2 hush puppies
181 calories; fat 4g; cholesterol 38mg; sodium 353mg; carbohydrates 31g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 4g; sugars 4g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 241IU.