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Fry Bread is a thin, scone like, fried bread that only has 5 ingredients and comes together quick. This Easy Fry bread is delicious on its own with a bit of butter and honey or jam or this fry bread recipe can also be used to make a quick dinner of fry bread tacos.

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Easy Fry Bread

Fry Bread is just perfect for a quick treat. We love to fry these up and sprinkle with some powdered sugar or drizzle with honey, or even Nutella. This fry bread recipe is so fun for the whole family to make.

Get the kids in the kitchen to help mix the dough and roll it out. The fry bread doesn’t need to be in perfect circles, so this a simple recipe that little hands can help with.

How to Make Fry Bread

All you need are 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to make this Fry Bread Recipe. Follow my easy instructions for golden brown, puffy fry bread every time!

The first step in making fry bread is to combine together the Flour, Baking Powder, Salt and Sugar.

Place these in a large bowl and then with a whisk, whisk them together until they are light and no lumps remain.

big glass bowl of flour surrounded by smaller bowls of sugar, salt and baking powder
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Next, pour in the warm water and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a round ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Knead a few times in the bowl with your hand before covering with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.

ball of dough for fry bread
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While the dough is resting, prepare a 12 inch cast iron skillet or skillet with 2-3 cups of vegetable or canola oil. Turn the heat to medium and allow to come up to at least 325º F, then you are ready to fry the dough.

The best way to check the temperature of the oil is with an instant read thermometer. I like to use this Thermapen One, it gives a quick and accurate read every time!

hand holding a piece of dough to make fried bread
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After the 10 minute resting time, pinch off a golf ball size of dough and carefully stretch into a thin circle.

To stretch out the dough, simply pinch all around the outside and then move in towards the center and continue to pinch and pull the dough out from the center until a round, flat piece is formed.

The dough can also be placed onto a lightly floured surface and rolled out with a rolling pin. This will definitely form a more perfect circle if that is what you are looking for!

round pieces of dough frying in oil in a cast iron pan
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To fry the dough, place carefully into the oil that is at least 325º F. You can test the temperature of the oil with a thermometer or place a small piece of the dough into the oil. If the dough begins to bubble and brown, the oil is ready to cook in.

Be sure not to turn the stovetop temperature up too high, you don’t want the oil to get to hot and start a fire.

Cook the dough for 1-2 minutes on each side. It will become golden brown, flip and then cook on the other side. These cook quickly so stay close and keep an eye on them while they are cooking.

golden brown fried bread on a paper towel
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Remove the cooked fry bread from the oil using tongs and place onto a plate that has been lined with paper towels.

How to Serve Fry Bread

Fry bread is always the best served hot from the pan, but be careful, it will be warm.

Sprinkle the fry bread with powdered sugar or top with a pat of butter and honey! So good!!

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Fry Bread Recipe

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4.78 from 9 votes

Fry Bread

Simple 5 ingredient fry bread is delicious topped with a little butter and honey.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 520kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2-3 cups vegetable or canola oil (for frying)


  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Pour in the warm water and mix together with a wooden spoon. Mix until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat 2-3 cups of oil in a skillet over medium heat until it reaches 325º F or until a small piece of dough dropped into the oil begins to bubble and turns brown.
  • Take golf ball sized pieces of dough and stretch them out into a circle. Place the dough into the hot oil and fry on each side for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oil to a plate lined with paper towels


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5644mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 3132mg | Iron: 7mg
Course: Dessert, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Bread, Comfort Food, Dessert
Keyword: Fry Bread
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What to serve with Fry Bread:

Some ways we love to enjoy fry bread is with the following:

Fry Bread is a thin, scone like, fried bread that only has 5 ingredients and comes together quick. Fry bread is delicious on its own with a bit of butter and honey or jam or this fry bread recipe can also be used to make a quick dinner of fry bread tacos.

honey and butter on a fry bread
Image: Sarah Alvord

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    1. I’m stumped at how it could turn out runny. Did you put the oil listed on the recipe card into the fry bread dough?

  1. I followed it and the dough was a bit sticky, but not runny. I suppose I could have added a little more flour, but I just sprayed cooking oil on my hand with each piece I took from the main and that did the trick. Sooo yummy!

  2. I followed the recipe, and it was very sticky and loose, definitely would not form a ball at all. I added a bit more flour and it was finally forming a dough ball, I then let it rest for the 10 minutes before I made it.