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Air Fryer Hush Puppies

I’m heading back to my Southern roots with this healthy air fryer spin on Hush Puppies! They are super tasty, easy to make + gluten-free & vegan.
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Course: Appetizers, Snack, Vegan
Cuisine: Southern
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 cup dry uncooked polenta or coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour or regular flour if not gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch or corn, potato or arrowroot starch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt or pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder or 1 egg if not vegan or dairy-free
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full fat coconut milk or buttermilk if not vegan or dairy-free
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or raw honey if not vegan
  • 4 tablespoons plant-based butter, chopped or regular butter if not dairy-free or vegan


  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F. Grease air fryer basket/tray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add polenta, flour, starch, salt, baking powder, psyllium husk powder, baking soda, cayenne. Mix well. Fold in diced onion.
  • To the dry mixture add coconut milk, vinegar and maple syrup. Mix all together well. Gently fold in the chopped butter.
  • Use a tablespoon and scoop out rounded mounds of batter from the bowl (approximately golf ball-sized).
  • Using wet hands roll the batter into a smooth ball of dough. Place each dough ball into your greased air fryer basket/tray, ensuring none are touching each other.
  • Air fry at 390°F for 12-15 minutes, or until all hush puppies are turning crisp and golden.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Looking for traditional, deep fried Hush Puppies? Please visit my friend Brooke over on The Buttered Home for an amazing recipe!
This is the Air Fryer I use and love.
Please refer to the full post above for lots of tips, tricks and valuable information!
The dip shown in the photos is simply a touch of sriracha mixed into some vegan mayonnaise (it's delicious)!
View the Air Fryer Hush Puppies Web Story.


Serving: 6hush puppies | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 612IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg


Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
Psyllium Husk Powder
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