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Air Fryer Hush Puppies

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"Forget about deep frying, and give your hush puppies a light update using an air fryer. They're just a bit denser in texture than deep frying, and look for a subtle hint of heat. They're the perfect sidekick to fried fish or shrimp, but they're equally good with a drizzle of honey."
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25 m servings 85
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 hush puppies)


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  1. Preheat an air fryer to 390 degrees F (198 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with aluminum foil and spray with nonfat cooking spray.
  2. Stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Mix in onion and bell pepper.
  3. Whisk buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl. Stir into cornmeal mixture. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Drop cornmeal mixture into the foil-lined basket using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, making sure not to have them touching each other. Coat with nonfat cooking spray.
  5. Cook in the preheated air fryer until golden brown, crispy, and cooked through, 9 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use any color bell pepper that you prefer.
  • Air fryers heat differently, so check occasionally for doneness. If you need to cook in batches, put all hush puppies back into the fryer at the end, and give them a quick reheat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • I ended up with 12 good-size hush puppies using the 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, but if you like them smaller, just be sure to adjust your cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 85 calories; 0.9 16.3 2.8 16 181 Full nutrition

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