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Indian Fry Bread

  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


This Indian Fry Bread is easy, made with very basic ingredients (no yeast required), and versatile for so many recipes. We tend to use it as the base for tacos or fajitas. But’s it’s also amazing with soup or chili and you can even drizzle it with honey and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for dessert!



  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons of oil for the dough
  • 3/4 cup oil for frying


  1. Mix or sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. We did not sift ours but just mixed it thoroughly with a fork.
  2. Add the warm milk, mix until a dough forms then use your hands to knead it into a ball.
  3. Flip the dough out onto a floured surface.  Tear off small pieces and flatten into circles or roll out the large ball of dough and cut into pieces.

  4. Pour 3/4 cup of oil into a large shallow pan. Heat to medium heat. I use vegetable oil, but melted shortening or canola oil works well too. I test mine by sprinkling a drop of water into the oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready.

  5. Place the dough into the hot oil and fry on each side for 1 minute. If it browns more quickly than that, your oil is too hot.

  6. Use tongs to move the bread from the oil to a paper-towel-lined pan to drain.

  7. Enjoy!  Serve in one of the many ways mentioned above!

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Native American

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