Pêche Hush Puppies

Try this deep-fried side dish at your next fish fry.

Peche Hushpuppies
Photo: Liz Bodet of EFG & Associates

Chef Nicole Mills of Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans shares her hush puppies recipe. These fried treats are crispy on the outside and full of flavorful vegetables on the inside. They're the perfect side dish for your fish fry during Lent.


Vegetable Base

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded

  • 2 bunches green onion

  • 4 tablespoons parsley

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 2 eggs, beaten

Dry Mixture

  • 2 cups cornmeal

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne


  1. Puree vegetables in a Cuisinart or food processor.

  2. Add the vegetable puree to the wet mix.

  3. Pour wet mix into thoroughly combined dry ingredients.

  4. Use a 1-oz. scoop or a spoon to pour into 325ºF vegetable oil and fry until dark brown.

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