How Long to Cook Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer

Hush puppies are little bites of cornbread-esque goodness, fried to perfection. They’re very popular in Southern cuisine, and I love them alongside some fried fish. If you don’t want to make batter and tend a deep fryer, then you’ll love these frozen hush puppies in the air fryer.

golden brown frozen hush puppies cooked in the air fryer stacked on a white square plate

Why Make This Recipe

We’re going to start with frozen, pre-formed hush puppies to save time. The air fryer is going to deliver a crisp, golden brown exterior and the soft corn interior is going to melt in your mouth.

Basically, this recipe cuts down on the prep and engaged cooking time needed, and you won’t have to sacrifice flavor!

Pair them alongside some frozen breaded fish in the air fryer for a perfect meal!

What You Need For This Recipe

plate of frozen hush puppies next to their box
  • Frozen hush puppies, any brand

Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Hush puppies. Any brand of frozen hush puppies works fine. I have the Savannah Classics original flavor (they make a mean jalapeno version as well). I’ve also tried Great Value frozen hush puppies and some other brands with equal success
  • Most commonly, frozen hush puppies come in a 1-lb bag. A serving is usually 3-4 (depending on brand) so you’ll get 9-10 servings per bag

How to Cook Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. Place frozen hush puppies in the preheated air fryer basket, allowing space between each one
spread frozen hush puppies in air fryer basket leaving space in between
  1. Cook on air fryer setting for 8 minutes at 400°F, pausing to shake the basket once halfway through
  2. Check for doneness, and add any additional cooking time needed in 1-minute increments
  3. Hush puppies are cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  4. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!
overhead view of air fryer hush puppies stacked on a plate next to lemon wedges and dipping sauce

What to Dip Hush Puppies In

  • Remoulade
  • Honey
  • Hot honey
  • Cajun or spicy mayo
  • Malt vinegar
  • Garlic butter
  • Chipotle or southwest ranch
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Tartar sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Pepper jelly

These are some of the best things to dip hush puppies in. Now that you know how easy it is to make frozen hush puppies in your air fryer, you can try them all and pick your favorite!

Recipe FAQs

Can You Cook Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen hush puppies in the air fryer.

You’ll achieve that golden brown and crispy exterior and delicious, soft corn interior. You can cook them right from the frozen state as well; no defrosting required.

Best of all, the air fryer method uses less oil than deep frying. You’re getting all the flavor and crunch with way less fat than the traditional method.

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Hush Puppies in an Air Fryer?

You should cook frozen hush puppies in an air fryer for approximately 8-10 minutes. This time may vary slightly based on the size and power of your particular air fryer.

It also assumes you’re cooking at a temperature of 400°F, which will give you a deep, golden crust. If you prefer to lower the temperature, it generally takes a few more minutes.

Recipe Expert Tips

  • You don’t need to add any extra oil in the cooking process. The frozen hush puppies already come with oil in the batter, so you won’t need any more to get that delicious, browned crust
  • These Savannah Classics frozen hush puppies in my Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer are perfect at 8 minutes. However, different brand hush puppies of other sizes and other air fryers may vary slightly
  • Shaking the basket halfway through cooking helps promote even heat distribution, crisping, and browning. In short: your food will look and taste better!
stacked hush puppies on a plate straight from the air fryer

Other Side Dish Recipes to Try if You Like This One

Final Thoughts

Making frozen hush puppies in the air fryer delivers delicious bite-sized goodness in just under 10 minutes. You can skip making your own dough and tending the deep fryer as well! These hush puppies come out perfectly in the basket of your air fryer.

Since they use less oil than traditional frying, they’re better for you as well. Sounds like a reason to make more hush puppies to me!

golden brown frozen hush puppies cooked in the air fryer stacked on a white square plate

Air Fryer Frozen Hush Puppies

Make frozen hush puppies in the air fryer for the perfect fried side without all the grease. This Southern favorite cooks up in just about 10 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 140 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 frozen hush puppies (such as Southern Classics)
  • Dipping sauce (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • Place frozen hush puppies in the preheated air fryer basket, allowing space between each one
    6 frozen hush puppies (such as Southern Classics)
  • Cook on air fryer setting for 8 minutes at 400°F, pausing to shake the basket once halfway through
  • Check for doneness, and add any additional cooking time needed in 1-minute increments
  • Hush puppies are cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!
    Dipping sauce (optional)

Notes

  • I’m cooking Savannah Classics frozen hush puppies here, but I’ve also done this with Great Value and other brands with no problems
  • The 8 minute cooking timer is perfect for my Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, but other makes and models may need slightly more or less time
  • You do not need to spray or otherwise add any additional oil to frozen hush puppies. They come with it already in the dough
  • Remoulade is one of the most common dipping sauces for frozen hush puppies. However, there are a variety of options that are delicious, so make sure to try a few out to find a favorite!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary depending on specific brand used and any sauces consumed, so please consider this as only a guideline or estimate

Nutrition

Serving: 52gCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 400mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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