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Dottie’s Hush Puppies

Inspired by the beautiful and talented Dorothy Dandridge, my vegan hush puppies, with my herby ranch or Sriracha maple sauces, are the perfect comfort food, worthy of the screen legend herself!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 24 hush puppies
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For the dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp green chilis

For the wet ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter or Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, cold and cubed
  • 1 flaxseed egg, 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup milk of choice

For frying:

  • 48 oz canola oil

For the Sriracha Maple sauce:

  • 1/4 cup sriracha
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the Herby Ranch sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise, or mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp milk of choice, just don’t use a flavored milk, like vanilla or sweetened almond milk, for instance. It will add a sweet flavor to the sauce and be weird. I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk here.
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dill, minced
  • 1 Tbsp green onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch of salt


Make the sauces

  • I like to make the sauces first so that the flavors can develop and deepen while I make the hush puppies

Make the Sriracha Maple sauce

  • For the Sriracha maple sauce, simply whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. If it’s too spicy, you can add an additional tsp or two of maple syrup.
  • Sriracha maple sauce is done! Set aside.

Make the Herby Ranch sauce

  • For the herby ranch sauce, whisk together the Vegenaise (or mayonnaise) and milk together in a small bowl.
  • Now add in the diced herbs and garlic. Mix until well combined.
  • Add a pinch of salt, mix until incorporated, and taste. If it’s not salted enough, add a little more.
  • Herby ranch sauce is done! Set aside.

Make the hush puppy batter

  • Start by making the flaxseed "egg." In a small bowl, whisk together the water and flaxseed meal. Let the mixture sit until it gets goopy, about five minutes, while you prepare the rest of the batter.

Mix the dry ingredients

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until all the dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Add the butter/Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
  • Now add the cubed butter/Earth Balance Buttery Sticks to the dry ingredients. Use your fingers to cut the butter into the dry ingredients (like you are making a pie crust) until it is pretty well distributed and the hush puppy batter looks a little shaggy and clumpy.

Add the milk and flaxseed “egg”

  • Now add the milk and flaxseed “egg” to the batter. Mix until completely combined.
  • Hush puppy batter is done! Now it’s time to fry.

Heat the oil

  • To a large soup pot, add all the canola oil. You want the oil to be just about two inches deep.
  • Heat the oil over high heat until it looks like the oil is separating in the pot, about five minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-high.

Fry the hush puppies

  • Each hush puppy should be the size of 1 slightly heaping tablespoon.
  • Using a 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, measure out 1 slightly heaping Tbsp of dough. With your fryer skimmer, lower the dough, loosely shaped like a ball, into the hot oil.
  • Make two more hush puppy dough balls, and lower those into the hot oil as well. I prefer to fry 3 hush puppies at a time, but I lower them into the oil separately to avoid having them stick together in the pot.

Fry for 2-4 minutes

  • Fry the hush puppies for 2-4 minutes, until they have turned a golden brown color on the outside.
  • Note: if the hush puppies are cooking faster than 2-4 minutes or burning, simply lower the heat a bit to cool down the oil. And if the oil gets too cold and the hush puppies aren’t getting golden brown in 2-4 minutes, simply turn the heat back up. You will have to adjust the oil as you fry.
  • Place the fried hush puppies on a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Repeat the process until all the dough has been fried.
  • Note: once the hush puppies have cooled down, if you open one up and find that you didn’t fry them long enough, simply lower the hush puppies back down into the hot oil, and fry for another minute or two.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve the hush puppies and sauces as a snack or appetizer, or make them a meal, and use one of the sauces as a dressing over a bed of spinach, and put a few hush puppies and black beans on top.


These hush puppies are vegan!
These hush puppies are vegetarian.
These hush puppies can easily be made gluten-free by substituting the all purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.