Air Fryer Hush Puppies use Jiffy corn muffin mix and jalapenos for a spicy and flavorful seafood side dish.
Hush puppies are cornmeal-based bread bites that are traditionally deep-fried.
This air fryer hush puppies recipe makes a sweet fish fry classic and turns it into an easy side dish recipe!
You can make these jalapeno hush puppies in any air fryer, including the Ninja Foodi.
How to Make Hush Puppies in the Air fryer
STEP ONE: In a large bowl, mix the Jiffy Mix, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
STEP TWO: Add the milk and egg into the mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon to combine.
STEP THREE: Add in the chopped onion and jalapeno pepper and mix just to combine.
Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes then preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
STEP FOUR: Carefully lay the parchment paper rounds down onto the bottom of the air fryer basket.
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop small rounds into the air fryer, making sure each hush puppy does not touch.
STEP FIVE: Air fry hush puppies for about 6 minutes, flipping them with one or two minutes left to cook.
Remove the hush puppies from the air fryer and cook any remaining hush puppy batter the same way.
How to Store Air Fryer Hush Puppies
- Serve the hush puppies warm
- Refrigerate them for up to 3 days in an airtight container
- Freeze for up to 3 months (see directions below on how to cook frozen air fryer hush puppies)
Tips For the Best Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer
- Use a parchment round or silicone liner — since this is a wetter batter, the hush puppy batter can stick to the holes of the air fryer basket without one
- The hush puppy mix should be thicker than pancake mix otherwise it will run and spread in the air fryer
- Place the hush puppies in the air fryer basket with space in between them for even cooking
- Flip the air fry hush puppies with just 1 to 2 minutes left to cook. Both sides should be golden brown
How Long to Cook Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer
These air fryer hush puppies take just 6 minutes to cook in a preheated air fryer.
Variations to Homemade Air Fryer Hush Puppies
- Use the Jiffy Mix vegetarian version to keep this hush puppy recipe vegetarian
- Use sweet bell peppers instead of jalapenos for a milder pepper flavor
- Cook these jalapeno hush puppies recipe using silicone egg bite molds — They cook thoroughly, but only the tops get crispy while the sides stay soft
What To Serve with Air Fried Hush Puppies
Hush puppies are perfect when paired with air fried fish. Here are some of my favorite recipes to enjoy alongside them.
- Air Fryer Garlic Salmon
- Air Fryer Tuna Steaks
- Air Fryer Shrimp Pasta
- Air Fryer Cod with Lemon and Dill
- Air Fryer Catfish with Spicy Tartar Sauce
- Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
- Air Fryer Mahi Mahi
- Fish Sticks in the Air Fryer
How Do You Cook Frozen Hush Puppies in The Air Fryer?
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
- Place the frozen hush puppies in the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes, until heated thoroughly.
- Carefully remove the hush puppies from the air fryer and enjoy!
No parchment paper is needed for making air fryer frozen hush puppies as they are already cooked.
How To Reheat Hush Puppies in the Air fryer
If you like warmed hush puppies, reheating them right before you’re ready to eat is super easy!
- Place your leftover hush puppies in the air fryer.
- Air fry frozen hush puppies at 320 degrees for about 3 minutes until they’re warmed thoroughly and enjoy!
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- Air Fryer Biscuits
- Air Fryer Garlic Bread
- Air Fryer Crescent Rolls
- Air Fryer Texas Toast
- Air Fryer Toast
- Air Fryer Okra
Air Fryer Hush Puppies
An easy scrumptious seafood side dish. These air fryer hush puppies are the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
- 1 package of Jiffy Mix (8.5 ounce box)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons onion, diced
- 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper (or sweet pepper), diced
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- Mix together the Jiffy Mix, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
- Add in the milk and egg and mix to combine.
- Add the diced onions and peppers and mix to just combine.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees and let the mix rest for 5 minutes.
- Lay down parchment paper rounds* and place drops of hush puppy dough using a cookie scoop or spoon.
- Cook for about 6 minutes, flipping with 1-2 minutes left.
- Carefully remove from air fryer and serve.
- Refrigerate for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
*must use parchment paper or foil or the mix will stick to the air fryer basket.
To reheat from refrigerated:
Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 3-4 minutes until heated thoroughly.
To reheat from frozen:
Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 4-5 minutes until heated thoroughly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.
21 thoughts on “Air Fryer Hush Puppies”
So I tried making these, but my hush puppies wouldn’t hold shape. Any tips?
Hi Katie, I’m sorry to hear that! I would add the milk in slowly and then stop once there’s just enough to form what looks like a cookie dough thickness (whole milk works best in baking). If it seems like it needed a little more, you add a little extra in. The egg and milk should keep everything together to hold shape.
Do I use all purpose or self rising flour?
Hi Donna, this recipe using all-purpose flour. I will go ahead and update the recipe to specify this. Thank you!
Do I beat the egg with 1/3 cup milk and add it to the mixture?
Hi Jane! I usually just add the milk and egg right into the bowl with the Jiffy mixture and stir it together. The less bowls to clean the better!
Hi there, any suggestions for making this vegan?
I have not made it vegan before, but you can try an egg substitute for the egg and replace the milk with almond milk. If you do make it that way, let me know how they turn out!
Can you use wheat flour for this and should anything be adjusted if so? Also do you think the Kodiak corn bread mix would be an okay substitute for the Jiffy?
Hi Dawn, I haven’t tried it with wheat flour, but do not recommend it as it can cause the hush puppies to be denser. I also haven’t tried Kodiak corn bread mix in this recipe, but have found that Jiffy mix tends to work better when adding it into different recipes.
Thanks for this recipe!
I just moved and haven’t seen the individual Jiffy mixes yet, so I bought a giant box! Oops! Do you know what size the individual boxes are? I want to make these for company tomorrow, so I hope you have time to answer me.
Thanks so much!
Hi Pat, the smaller boxes are 8.5 oz.
Is this the Jiffy cornbread mix in a small box?
Yes! The boxes that sell for less than a dollar.
Hi, does one have to punch holes in parchment when put in air fryer.
You would manually have to use a hole punch to do so, which is why I highly recommend the pre-punched ones for time!
This sounded like a great recipe for a not so greasy hush puppies. They tasted good but they will not stay in ball form even after I added more jiffy mix. I saw the message to use less milk. Thinking maybe freezing the dough first? 6 minutes was not near enough time- more like 12 minutes and they were still a little doughy.
Hi Sue, I’ve never had any issues with it not forming into balls. Did you use a cookie scoop? I find that helps me pack the batter in. It also sounds like your hush puppies may have on the larger side of mine, which can make them take longer to cook.
Looking forward to more recipes. Started your chat recently. Just retired want to cook as a hobby. Yes I can already cook but enjoy more opportunities. Recently purchase the 360 air fryer.
Can you use 2% milk or evaporate milk for this
Also I have a Nuwave Bravo XL which has an air fryer also. Do i go with the same temp. & time.
Hi Elizabeth, yes you can use 2% milk in this recipe too! To use evaporated milk instead, I would use half evaporated milk and half water to keep the fat content the same.