In a bowl stir together the egg and buttermilk. In another bowl combine the grits, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Add the egg mixture to the grits mixture. Stir just until moist.
Heat the shortening to 375 degrees F. Drop the batter by tablespoons into the deep hot fat. Fry about 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
Drain the hush puppies on paper towels and season with pepper, to taste.
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