Ironically, one of the most popular dishes at the seafood chain Long John Silver’s is a landlubber one: hushpuppies. The deep-fried cornmeal snacks gained a cult following soon after they debuted in 1977, and although two pups still come with every entrée, many diners end up ordering more on the side to get their fill. The recipe is a secret, but Food Network Kitchens created a perfect copy so you can make them at home. Beware: This recipe makes 30. Try not to eat them all at once.
Combine the onion, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar and onion powder in a bowl. Whisk the egg and milk in another bowl. Whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
Heat 2 inches vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Fry, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes per batch (return the oil to 350 degrees F between batches). Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet using a slotted spoon. Sprinkle with salt. Let rest a few minutes before serving.