Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"These tasty vetkoek (fat cakes) make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make these vetkoek any size you prefer. They're a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like. They're fast, easy, and very tasty."
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


1 h 16 m servings 332
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 vetkoek)


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to bubble slightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour water mixture over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover bowl with clean cloth and let dough rise until until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
  4. Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a tennis ball; roll until smooth. Flatten ball of dough until it is the size of palm; set aside on a floured work surface. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Fry flattened pieces of dough in the hot oil, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.


  • Cook's Note:
  • As you knead the dough, you may need to add more flour or water to get a dough the consistency of bread dough.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 332 calories; 6.2 60 7.8 0 391 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 8
Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

I LOVED this! I always like something sweet and\or savory, and this is the best thing to have! I will most definitely make it again!


Very simple to make. Prepared for a book club meeting about South Africa. It was a hit with the other members.

Best ever vetkoek recipe

Looooove them and I enjoyed making them too!

I loved making this, it was quick, easy and tasted great. I was used to my mom and grandma's vetkoek but these not only tasted wonderful, but it also looked fantastic.

I've tried many recipes and this one was my absolute favourite.