Crab Stuffed Hushpuppies aka Crushpuppies

Yield: 12-18 hushpuppies


Crab Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 8 ounces canned lump crabmeat

Hush Puppy Batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Oil, for frying


Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer

For the crab mixture: In a medium bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, mayo, Parmesan, Dijon, salt, pepper, jalapeño, Aand bell pepper. Gently fold in the crabmeat.

Using a teaspoon, scoop out the crab mixture and roll into a ball. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue with the remaining crab mixture. Freeze for 30 minutes.

For the hush puppy batter: In a large bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, onion powder, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda, garlic powder and cayenne and whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg until combined. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Add about 3 inches of oil to a heavy-bottomed pot and heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 350 degrees F.

In batches, use 2 spoons to dip each crab ball into the batter, making sure it is fully coated on all sides, then spoon a little extra batter on top. Gently slide the crush puppy into the hot oil using the spoons and fry until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined platter. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Note

No need to add salt after they come out of the oil because the batter is already well seasoned.

Make your own signature crushpuppies with diced cooked shrimp or crawfish instead of crabmeat.


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