Fry Bread Recipe | Native American Recipes | PBS Food


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-4 cups warm to very warm water
  • 4 cups canola oil


  1. Combine all dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Add about 3 cups of water and knead very well using hands or stand mixer. (The amount of water depends on local humidity, so if the dough needs more water, add accordingly.)
  3. Make sure the dough is smooth and soft. Cover, set aside, and allow the dough to rest.
  4. Heat the oil to about 375° F in wide heavy-bottom pan.
  5. Roll the dough out into four balls, and pat out flat (can use a rolling pin).
  6. Carefully place one piece of dough into the hot oil. Once the edges of the dough are golden, turn the
  7. bread over and let it finish cooking.
  8. Remove the bread to drain on paper towels.
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough.


All “fry bread” recipes vary in Native America, and no single recipe is the right one. Enjoy this very simple recipe!
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