2. Pour enough vegetable oil that it reaches 2" up the sides of an 8-qt. saucepan and heat to 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Using a tablespoon, drop small rounds of batter into the oil, making sure to not crowd the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally and flipping halfway through, until golden on the outside and crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove hush puppies from the oil and drain on a cooling rack set over a paper –lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining batter.