Crab Hush-Puppies

Hush-puppies might be associated with the South but they do not have to be consumed only in the south. If you are having any type of dish that slightly hints at the word Southern then you will want to welcome these babies into your nightly menu.

Hush-puppies are finger-shaped dumplings of cornmeal that are deep-fried and traditionally served with some type of fried seafood.They are simple to make and even easier to eat! Loaded with different variations of seasoning hush-puppies is a tried and true side or appetizer that no one can resist. Typically hush-puppies are made with milk but by substituting 1/2 of the milk mixture with beer you have a lighter, tangier ball of goodness.

Although the beer is an unusual secret ingredient of mine this go round the star of the show was the crab. I had beautiful lump crab meat I was just waiting to dive right into until I realized that I was cooking for more than just our little family on this particular night. I didn’t have enough crab to satisfy a craving of 6 so I opted to make something else but still wanting to use the crab I decided fresh seafood inside the hush-puppy instead of beside it was a phenomenal idea.

I typically don’t use measurements when I make my hush-puppies because the great thing about them is they can be thrown together in a jippy with whatever you have on hand, such as different veggies like onions, peppers or corn and seasonings like red pepper flakes, chives, dill or even hints of cilantro. However, before I even started on these crab hush-puppies I was sure to write everything down in the anticipation that they would be amazing and I would want to share them with you all!

* Note: For the seasoning, remember that frying is going to take some of the seasoning away so don’t be afraid to go a little heavy.

Crab Hush-Puppies
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 16 ounces of fresh lump crabmeat
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup beer
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Now add the wet to the dry and mix well. Heat your oil to 375 and drop spoonfuls of batter in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown 1-2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with more salt.


  1. lindsay

    oh my goodness! i love love hushpuppies! these sound amazing! there is a place here that serves their hushpuppies with a key lime dipping sauce…holy smokes. it is good. i bet these would be fabulous dipped in something like that!

  2. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Your hush puppies sound delectable with the crabmeat in it! We need lots of these to satisfy everyone!

  3. Abbey

    Oh my goodness, you just rocked my southern world with this idea!! On the coast here in North Carolina, where I grew up, hushpuppies are simply an expected part of a seafood meal. They are the ‘bread for the table’, so to speak. And you just combined the idea of a crab ball (another thing here…just like crabcakes but smaller) with a hushpuppy. I’m telling you- this is brilliant.

  4. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    The crab hushpuppies look and sound so delicious!

  5. Three-Cookies

    This looks and sounds delicious, I understand what you mean about being easy to eat. I hope to attempt this someday soon. The only hush puppies I was familiar with before seeing this post is a brand of shoes. The shoes are pretty good too:)

  6. April@The 21st Century Housewife

    I love hushpuppies, but I’ve never had them with crab – what a wonderful idea!! Id love it if you could share this post with the Gallery of Favorites. Great recipe!

  7. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh I so love hush puppies and these look amazing! I have never had them made with beer or crab meat so these will have to be a must try!!

  8. Megan

    I could eat my weight in hush puppies and adding crab sounds even better!

  9. Torrie @ a place to share...

    It’s funny… I had never had hush puppies until a few years ago- when I saw someone make them on t.v. (on the Martha Stewart show)- along with sour coleslaw & braised pork chops. I HAD to have that entire meal… that night! (made it several times since… sooooooooo good)

  10. Michele

    Crab in a hush puppy? Genius! These look delicious!

  11. Bonnie

    I thought I’d had every imaginable version of hush puppies and now you’ve added crab. Delicious!!


  12. Kathy

    These sound fabulous! Crab meat hush puppies, Yum!

  13. Erica

    These are my idea of heaven!! Seriously-love crab, love hush puppies! Ur a genius! We must meetup at some point. How are you feeling

  14. Shawn

    Girl…You’re just wrong! You know I’m trying to justify these for Thanksgiving…if not sooner 🙂

  15. Caroline

    These sound fantastic! I love Southern recipes. The 2nd shot of the hush puppy where you can see the crab is awesome. I will gladly welcome these to my nightly menu!

  16. yummychunklet

    Can it be? You’ve combined the awesome deliciousness of crab AND hush puppies? Amazing!

  17. Liz

    Oh, my gosh…these look amazing! And with crab, too? YUM!

  18. Kristy

    We still have quite a few Southern states to roll through on state night. I think I’ll have to keep these hush puppies in mind. Plus, with a name like that, I know the kids will be excited about them. It’s just too cute! 🙂

  19. Reem | Simply Reem

    God these hushies… look so good..
    I love hush puppies, trust me I must have eat millions when I was pregnant. Don’t ask my jeans size LOL…
    These look wonderful.

  20. Dzoli

    Crab cakes look divine.Clicked on coupel of your sponsors.Justwondering how do you get sponsors?:)

  21. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    I have never had a hush puppy before, let alone a crab hush puppy – – YUMMY! I love the idea of using beer too.
    🙂 Mandy

  22. Kaci

    Hmmm wonder if I am talented enough to make those? =) Sound yummy

  23. lena

    hi jessica, the name hush puppies sounds so cute. I only know HushPuppies footwear over here! I love crab meat in all forms and this really looks like a kind of delicious snack and i also like it when you said you dont need to have proper ingredients to make these! oh and thanks for your birhday wishes. You have a good day, ya!

  24. kankana

    The trip is keeping me so busy that I am missing all your post. Got some time now to catch up and so glad that I didn’t miss these cuties you presented 🙂

  25. Linda

    Wow..I’ve never made or eaten hush puppies because they were basically fried dough (to someone who is not a Southerner) but wow…with crab meat, this is something I would really like! This would be great to serve as an appetizer..or for me, dinner!

  26. Jihane @SinfulSundays

    I can taste these in all of it’s fried crab glory. They look so good!

  27. Mama Lisa

    These look fantastic. Fortunately, blue crabs are still fairly easy to get here in Maryland so I can try this recipe out soon with fresh crab meat. Thank you! (As always, love your site – I really need to learn how to take pictures like you do.)

  28. anthony stemke

    I already love hush puppies but this crabmeat addition is a wonderful innovation.

  29. Candace

    I would have never thought to have combined the crab with the hushpuppies. That’s brilliant, Jessica!

  30. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Yum! Crunchy crab and cornmeal delicious bites? Yes please! What a brilliant way to stretch your crab so everybody could enjoy it. 🙂

  31. daphne

    I thought hush puppies is a brand of shoes! Now I know it is also crispy morsels of great food! More uses for cornmeal as well. This looks like good comfort!

  32. foodfashionandflow

    Crab hush puppies? Stop the press! this looks soooooooooooooo Good! I definitely have to make this.

  33. Trix

    I have never had crab in hush puppies before, but it seems like such a great idea I can’t believe I haven’t!

  34. Bree

    Yum! The second I hit the Mason Dixon Line I am on the search for great hush puppies. These look perfect!

  35. Marguerite

    Omg, these look scrumptious! I’ve never made hush puppies with crab meat, but I can only imagine how delicious they are.Thanks for the great idea and recipe!

  36. Ruth

    Now I am craving hushpuppies

  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wait… am I the only one or few who don’t know about hush puppies?! Oh no! I’ve never heard of it before too… Looks good though! I definitely need to travel south and explore different kinds of food in the US!

  38. Laural @ Being Healthier

    oo you’re site looks a little different! i like it. hushpuppies + beer + crab = my boyfriend will love me if I make these! hahaha ok he already does love me so much but these are must try for me and gorgeous photos too- i need to pin em!

  39. Greg

    Now I’m really kicking myself for not getting crab meat in NOLA yesterday. We brought back shrimp in a cooler. These look fantastic.

  40. sportsglutton

    You had me at using beer instead of milk. Every man’s dream. These sounds great.

  41. nancy at good food matters

    Love that crab in there! and you are right–you don’t have to live in the South to love hushpuppies–but you sure get more chances to!

  42. Always Fashionable

    Awesome! Southern food is awesome

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