Fry Bread


Fry bread is a traditional North American treat served with jam or honey. They're also delicious with chili or a hearty stew. Once you get the hang of making them, you'll find lots of ways to serve them!

high angle looking at a few pieces of fry bread on a plate with one broken into
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 4 cups shortening for frying

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)


  1. Heat shortening in a heavy saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

    Flour mixture with a measuring glass with water off to the side.

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  3. Stir in warm water and knead until soft but not sticky.

    Overhead of dough on lightly floured cutting board.

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  4. Shape dough into twelve 3-inch diameter ball. Flatten into 1/2-inch-thick patties, and make a small hole in the center of each patty.

    Overhead of dough in various stages of being made into flattened circles.

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  5. Fry in 1-inch deep hot shortening one at a time until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

    Fried bread rings resting on paper towels on a baking sheet.

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Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

217 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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