Air Fryer Hush Puppies


These air fryer hush puppies are a bit denser than traditional deep-fried fritters, but overall, they're lighter because they're not cooked in all that oil. With just a subtle hint of heat from cayenne pepper, they're a perfect sidekick to fried fish or shrimp. And they're equally good with just a drizzle of honey!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • nonfat cooking spray

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

  • 2 tablespoons minced bell pepper

  • ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 390 degrees F (198 degrees C) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with foil and spray the foil with 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; pour into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes.

  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to drop portions of batter into the prepared basket; leave space between each scoop. Spray with cooking spray.

  5. Cook in the preheated air fryer until golden brown, crispy, and cooked through, 9 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.


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 reheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

I ended up with 12 good-sized hush puppies using the 2-tablespoon scoop. If you make yours smaller, just be sure to adjust the cooking time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

85 Calories
1g Fat
16g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 38mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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