Easy Air Fryer Hushpuppies Recipe - Ninja Foodi Dessert

Susan
by Susan
12 hushpuppies
16 min

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You don't have to wait for the next vacation down South to enjoy some delectable crispy appetizers. With this Easy Air Fryer Hushpuppies Recipe you can make delicious Hush Puppies right at home in under 30 minutes.

Easy Air Fryer Hush Puppies

Sprinkle these Air Fried Bons Bons with some Powdered Sugar or Dip in a Spicy Aioli and let the memories of eating them while enjoying the sites and sounds of your last Southern vacation come right back to you.


This easy Air Fryer Dessert is an Air-fried fritter made with a batter consisting of cornmeal, milk, eggs, onions, and seasonings. This healthy Air Fryer Recipe also has an extra ingredient being jalapeños, to make some tasty and spicy Air Fryer Bon Bons.


If you love healthy air fryer recipes that taste amazing make sure you check out my French Toast Crunch, Air Fryer Beignets, Air Fryer 6 Ingredient Donuts, Sweet Potato Fritters and one of my favorites Air Fryer French Fries.

Hushpuppies Poolside...
Why make this recipe?


You do not want to miss out on this mouth watering recipe!


  • Weight Watcher friendly - Only 5 smart points for one homemade hushpuppies biscuit - a super quick and easy Weight Watcher air fryer recipe to prepare.
  • A Divine low calorie breakfast dessert - you know that isn't easy to find!
  • So easy to prepare - requires only a handful of ingredients and less than 10 minutes to bake in the air fryer.
  • Kid friendly - lets the kids help mix the batter and create their own flavorful hushpuppy.
  • Budget friendly - costs less than $20.00 to prepare.
  • Aroma - when you are baking these Ninja Foodi Hushpuppies in the air fryer your house will smell like a bakery.


Ingredients and Substitutions:


  • One Package of Jiffy Mix - if you want to make this Jiffy Hushpuppies recipe gluten free you can swap the hushpuppy ingredients with gluten free cornbread mix and almond flour.


  • ¼ Cup of All Purpose Flour - if you want to make this vegan and gluten free use Almond Flour.


  • A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper or Crushed Red Pepper Flakes.


  • ¼ Cup of WW Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • 1 Teaspoon of crushed BACO's or if you have extra time air fry some Turkey bacon and crumble it to make your own homemade healthy BACO's.
A bite of an Air Fried Hushpuppy...
How to make this recipe:


1: Mix together the Jiffy Mix, flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Baco's.


2: Add in the milk and egg and mix to combine.


3: Add the diced onions and jalapeño peppers and mix to combine.

Mixing Hushpuppy Ingredients...

4: Preheat your Air Fryer to 360 Degrees for 5 minutes.


5: Lay Down a piece of parchment paper cut to size or you can use a parchment paper round and place dollops of hush puppy dough onto the paper about the size of a golf ball spaced apart evenly. You can use a spoon for this.

Hushpuppy Batter on parchment paper...

6: Bake in your Air Fryer for about 6 minutes - give them a flip at the 3 minute mark so they get nice and crispy on all sides.

Baked Homemade Hushpuppies

7: Once the Air Frying of the Hush Puppies is completed remove basket from your Air Fryer and let cool for a few minutes. Then carefully remove each Hush Puppy with tongs and place in a nice basket or serving dish.

A basket full of homemade hushpuppies...

8: If you like a Sweet Hush Puppy give them a dusting of Powdered Sugar. If you like a Savory Hush Puppy whip up a light Aioli Sauce for Dipping. To make a Weight Watcher Friendly Aioli Sauce Whisk together 5 Tablespoons of Low Fat Buttermilk, 3 Tablespoons of Reduced Calorie Mayonnaise, 1 Garlic Clove minced, ½ Teaspoon of Finely Grated Lemon Zest, 1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice, ¼ Teaspoon of Salt and ⅛ Teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend and you now have a delicious 1 point dipping sauce for your Air Fryer Hush Puppies Recipe. Serving size is 1 ½ Tablespoon for 1 WW Smartpoint.


9: If you have any leftover Hush Puppies you can refrigerate them for up to 7 days or pop them in the freezer for a later date.


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Expert Tips:


  • When baking with a batter in your air fryer also use a sheet of parchment paper in your air fryer basket before adding in your recipe ingredients.
  • To help prevent foods from sticking in your air fryer, lightly coat the ingredients with some cooking spray, or a misting oil before or during cooking.
  • If you notice your hushpuppy biscuits are not browning or becoming crispy try adding a spritz of olive oil.
  • Make sure you do not over crowd your air fryer basket. if 6 biscuits are crowding bake only 4 at a time - you need to leave room for the air to circulate.
Weight Watcher friendly Hushpuppies...
Recipe FAQ's:


How long do I air fry hushpuppies?

Homemade air fryer hushpuppies bake in approximately 6 minutes. Air fry for 3 minutes then flip for an additional 3 minutes.

Can you use batter in an air fryer?

Yes you can use batter in an air fryer as long as it is a thicker batter and you use a sheet a parchment paper in your air fryer basket for the batter to sit on.

Do hushpuppies contain fish or seafood?

Typically Hush Puppies do not contain Fish or Seafood as an ingredient. But if you are a seafood lover you can absolutely level up your Hush Puppy recipe by adding some diced shrimp or crabmeat to your batter.

How did Hush Puppies get the name Hush Puppies?

From what I have researched it appears a cook/chef back in the day, down South is said to have given the name hush puppy to this tasty Bon-Bon.


While she was frying a batch of catfish and croquettes, her puppy began to bark at her during the cooking process. I can attest to this as my 2 pups were right by my side waiting for a taste as well. To keep her furry friend quiet, she gave it a plateful of the croquettes and said, “hush puppy.” Since then the name stuck for these charming little dessert bon-bons.

Are air fried hushpuppies healthy to eat?

Yes, this Easy Air Fryer Hushpuppies recipe is the perfect healthy dessert. Low in calories, fat and sugar so feel free to indulge.

Can I use parchment paper in an air fryer?

Yes you can...and you need to for this simple hushpuppy recipe. Parchment paper is a relatively oven safe paper that’s used most commonly in baking. The paper is treated to make it non stick, plus it can also withstand certain oven temperatures too.


Parchment paper can be perfect in an air fryer when cooking with a sticky batter. Food products that might otherwise stick to your air fryer basket – e.g. chicken wings in a sticky sauce – won’t stick at all to the parchment paper.

Can parchment paper catch on fire in an air fryer?

Yes, be careful especially with the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer as this Air Fryer cooks very hot. Do not leave your Air Fryer's unattended while cooking and only use parchment paper in your Air Fryer for quick recipes - under 10 minutes.


Important Tip: After you are done baking in your Air Fryer make sure you remove the parchment paper and discard. Someone may use the air fryer next and not realize the paper is still in there and start cooking something else...this is a fire hazard...I know because I did it...luckily no harm just a little smoke but be careful.

What brand air fryer is best?

I used 2 Air Fryer's for this Homemade Hushpuppy recipe. I used my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer and also my basic GoWise Amazon Air Fryer. Both Air Fryer's worked great.


The Ninja Foodi Air Fryer cooks hotter and quicker than my GoWise Amazon Air Fryer. Even though they are set at the same temperature they do cook differently.


If you have the Ninja Foodi you only need 6 minutes to bake the Hushpuppies.


If you are using a different brand Air Fryer you may have to add an additional 5-6 minutes of baking time to the recipe.

How many calories are in air fryer hush puppies?

These little Air Fryer Bon Bon's contain only 124 calories per serving. Finding a sweet and savory dessert under 500 calories is next to impossible so try this healthy dessert recipe..you won't be disappointed!

Puppies and Air Fryer Hushpuppies...
Can you make other desserts like Donuts in an Air Fryer?


You sure can!! Donuts in the Air Fryer taste Delicious. Click here for my Easy Air Fryer Donut Recipe.

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Are these Air Fryer Hush Puppies Vegan?


No they are not, this Air Fryer Hush Puppies Recipe contains eggs and milk which makes it not Vegan friendly. But don't worry if you are Vegan you can try this easy Vegan Hushpuppy recipe from one of my favorite bloggers - the spruce eats.com just click the link HERE for her vegan friendly hushpuppies.

A basket of Air Fried Hushpuppies Yummy!
What should I serve with these Low Calorie Hush Puppies?


This low calorie easy air fryer hushpuppies recipe is perfect as a stand alone snack. But these little Air Fryer Desserts are also a great side dish for any lunch or dinner.


I have made these sweet and savory hushpuppies alongside my:

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Air Fryer Chicken & Waffles

Cauliflower Bisque

Shrimp Ceviche

Instant Pot Turkey Chili


These appetizing Air Fryer Hush Puppies pretty much go good with everything!

Air Fryer Chicken and Hushpuppies...
What can I Dip my Air Fried Hush Puppies in?


I like to dip these Luscious little Air Fryer Biscuits in a Spicy Sriracha Mayo or a nice light WW Aioli Sauce.


How do I make a 1 Point WW Aioli Sauce?


It is super quick and easy to whip up a one point weight watchers dipping sauce. just take 5 tablespoons of buttermilk, 3 tablespoons of reduced calorie mayonnaise, 1 minced garlic clove, ½ teaspoon of lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper.


Whisk all of these ingredients together and refrigerate for 10 minutes to let your flavors blend well. Now you have a one point dipping sauce.

Dipping Hushpuppies in Aioli Sauce...
Can I make a Sweet Dessert Air Fryer Hush Puppy?


Oh yes you can, take a little powdered sugar and sprinkle on top over your mouth watering corn cakes for a little bite of sweetness.


Are you a Weight Watcher?


If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Smart Points System.


This Easy Low Calorie Air Fryer Recipe is only 5 Smart Points for one Hushpuppy. Weight Watchers has 3 New Programs right now to make it easier to enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight.


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Easy Air Fryer Hushpuppies Recipe - Ninja Foodi Dessert
Recipe details
  • 12  hushpuppies
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 6 Minutes Total time: 16 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Jiffy Mix
  • ¼ cup of All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • ⅓ cup of Whole Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of Diced Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh diced Jalapeno
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ cup WW Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon of Crushed Baco's
  • Fresh Chopped Chives for Garnish
Instructions

Mix: Mix together the Jiffy Mix, flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Baco's.
Assemble: Add in the milk and egg and mix to combine.
Assemble: Add the diced onions and jalapeño peppers and mix to combine.
Preheat: Preheat your Air Fryer to 360 Degrees for 5 minutes.
Assemble: Lay Down a piece of parchment paper cut to size or you can use a parchment paper round and place dollops of hush puppy dough onto the paper about the size of a golf ball spaced apart evenly. You can use a spoon for this.
Bake: Bake in your Air Fryer for about 6 minutes - give them a flip at the 3 minute mark so they get nice and crispy on all sides.
Remove: Once the Air Frying of the Hush Puppies is completed remove basket from your Air Fryer and let cool for a few minutes. Then carefully remove each Hush Puppy with tongs and place in a nice basket or serving dish.
Topping: If you like a Sweet Hush Puppy give them a dusting of Powdered Sugar. If you like a Savory Hush Puppy whip up a light Aioli Sauce for Dipping. To make a Weight Watcher Friendly Aioli Sauce Whisk together 5 Tablespoons of Low Fat Buttermilk, 3 Tablespoons of Reduced Calorie Mayonnaise, 1 Garlic Clove minced, ½ Teaspoon of Finely Grated Lemon Zest, 1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice, ¼ Teaspoon of Salt and ⅛ Teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate  for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend and you now have a delicious 1 point dipping sauce for your Air Fryer Hush Puppies Recipe. Serving size is 1 ½ Tablespoon for 1 WW Smartpoint.
Refrigerate: If you have any leftover Hush Puppies you can refrigerate them for up to 7 days or pop them in the freezer for a later date.
Tips
  • When baking with a batter in your air fryer also use a sheet of parchment paper in your air fryer basket before adding in your recipe ingredients.
  • To help prevent foods from sticking in your air fryer, lightly coat the ingredients with some cooking spray, or a misting oil before or during cooking.
  • If you notice your hushpuppy biscuits are not browning or becoming crispy try adding a spritz of olive oil.
  • Make sure you do not over crowd your air fryer basket. if 6 biscuits are crowding bake only 4 at a time - you need to leave room for the air to circulate.
Susan
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